This post began its life as a retrospective of the first year of the revived Thor series, but as I started to type out my impressions, I realised there was way, way too much I wanted to say. So instead this is going to be a series of posts, one about each of the first thirteen issues of the series. I’m going to run them on Fridays – a nice, relaxing cap on the week, as it were.
So. Just as the furor of Civil War was fading from our collective attention, Marvel revived Thor, restarting the issue numbering. I can’t recall what spurred me to pick up the first issue, but I’m glad I did. It’s gotten astonishingly little attention – Chris Neseman of Around Comics, when looking back at 2008, murmured, “And didn’t Thor restart this year?”, like he wasn’t sure, and I think the iFanboy hosts called issue 600 (which is secretly issue 13 – more on that later) “disappointing”. And I have to wonder if these people are reading the same book as I did. I fell madly in love with it from issue 1.
The whole run is written by J. Michael Straczynski, and drawn initially by Olivier Coipel, then later by Marko Djurdjevic. They – and everyone involved – are in top form throughout, and I want to take a closer look at that form..
There will, of course, be spoilers.