Ultimate comics Thor #1 (of 4)
Two complaints that I've heard a lot about this issue before I even read it was the dilution of the Ultimate universe and the fact that with this issue we see yet another Thor book on the stands in time for the Movie soon to come out. To be honest these two things stopped me from pre-ordering this title when I had the chance.
Ultimate Thor has been a varying character from his initial appearance in the first Ultimate’s series. Until recently the general consensus was that Thor was delusional and wasn’t the Thor that he thought he was. In this issue we see the history of Thor and Asgard in the Ultimate universe. A history where the warriors three are the three sons of Odin, and a history that draws from its 616 counterpart where Loki, Baldar and Thor are sons of Odin.
One thing I’ve recently realized with my tastes in comics is that when there are Nazi’s involved there is usually good comics to be had. Their over the top tactics and their willingness to stop at nothing creates a perfect platform for which to tell any story. In this first issue we find out that the Nazi’s are going to take on Asgard, but they’re not going to do it alone, they’ve brought in the Asgardians own enemies as back-up; the Frost Giants. Unlike many of his other works Hickman is limited to just four issues to tell his story, which seems to have reigned in his usual big ideas and allowed for a more solid and focused story.
The art was a little bit of a letdown, in recent months I’ve taken more notice with the art work in the books I read, and this was far from Pacheo’s best work, that being said any of his work is steps above a lot of other artists out there. The fight scenes however felt well put together and my only real complaint with the art by the end was the facial expressions. They seemed off and rushed.
Marvel has been pumping out a multitude of Thor books as well as mini series’, which is continually making it harder and harder to pick and chose not only which books are going to be good, but which one’s you ultimately want to pick up. With that in mind I’ll word it this way; Ultimate comics Thor #1 was the second best Thor book I read this month. Hickman gets his name thrown around a lot for both good and bad reasons, but he is showing time and time again that anything that he writes is worth checking out.