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THOR, Vol. 1 | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is an reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


As we continue to look at the mythological figures that proliferate comic-books, this week, we’re back to Marvel for, what is essentially Thor: Rebirth. That’s right, it’s the return to form of everyone’s favourite God of Thunder (Sorry Zeus, you’ve had your time to shine) written by a writer whose run on The Amazing Spider-Man was one of my favourite early reads; J. Michael Straczynski!

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Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Art by: Olivier Coipel
Pages: 160

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

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Real Name: Thor Odinson
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #83 (August 1962)

Before Captain AmericaSpider-Man, or the Fantastic Four – the world had a different type of hero, the mighty Thor! Son of the almighty All-Father Odin and sworn enemy of his own half-brother, Loki, Thor – the Norse ‘God of Thunder’ – hailed from the Golden City of Asgard, and would often come to Earth seeking adventure and glorious combat. But when his arrogance proved too much, Thor was stripped of his power and his enchanted Uru hammer Mjölnir, and cast down to Earth under the mortal guise of the handicapped doctor, Donald Blake. There, he was forced to learn humility, which he did so with the help of his love Jane Foster, and in turn, reclaimed his Godhood and thunder-casting weapon, becoming one of the greatest and most powerful heroes in the universe.

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THOR: THE DARK WORLD | DVD Review

I seem to have misplaced my copy of Iron Man 3, presumably when I moved house, so for now, we’re just going to skip straight ahead to the second film in the Thor franchise, The Dark World.

RELEASED: November 8th 2013
DIRECTED BY: Alan Taylor
WRITTEN BY: Don Payne, Robert Rodat, Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Zachary Levi, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Christopher Eccleston

After his adventure with the Avengers, Thor Odinson returns to Earth, when his love, Jane Foster, is endangered by a primordial force known as the Aether. Bringing her to Asgard, Jane finds herself confronted with the pantheon of Gods Thor calls family. However, Jane’s discovery has also awakened a threat long thought dead; that of the Dark Elves and their leader, Malekith. With the whole of reality at stake, Thor and Jane must seek the aid of Loki, the villain responsible for endangering planet Earth.

After Kenneth Branagh did a magnificent job with Thor, the reigns of the franchise were passed over to Game of Thrones‘ Alan Taylor, and as you can imagine, the series took a more dark and violent turn. In that turn, a lot of the heart and comic-book-y tone was lost, and as a result, the film seems not only directionless but also as if it’s made by people who don’t really understand the characters.

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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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THOR | DVD Review

RELEASED: May 6th 2011
DIRECTED BY: Kenneth Branagh
WRITTEN BY: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne, Mark Protosevich & J. Michael Straczynski
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
MUSIC BY: Patrick Doyle
STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Josh Dallas, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, Colm Feore & Anthony Hopkins

With The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man under their belt, Marvel finally stepped away from, essentially, playing it safe, with Thor, forming a larger Marvel Universe that had a solid origin story, introduced extra Avengers and successfully pushed forward their Cinematic Universe in a way that Iron Man 2 rather messily tried to do.

The story follows Thor Odinson, Prince of Asgard, as he prepares to become King. However, his arrogance and battle-hungry nature put the Asgardians’ Realm in danger, and as a result, his father, the all-powerful Odin, banishes Thor to Earth to learn humility. Meanwhile, Thor’s treacherous brother Loki makes plans to take the throne for himself.

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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in MARVEL, Marvel Studios

 

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