I just finished reading THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER #3, and I'm not sure how to respond to this book. The story is standard. The art is competent. The dialogue is appropriately campy. And, of course, there is a fight scene in the second half of the issue to remind us that this is a Marvel superhero book. THOR #3 has, in other words, all the elements of a decent superhero comic.
So why do I have trouble evaluating this book? Well, on the one hand, THOR #3 has no glaring problems in it. No gaps in plot or characterization, no illogical twists. Writer Roger Langridge and artist Chris Samnee set out to tell a mostly lighthearted story about the origins of Thor and they accomplish just that.
But, on the other hand, this issue is boring. Very, very boring. One problem is that it’s a retelling of an overly familiar story with an overly familiar set of characters. Yes, there are differences between these characters and their 616 Marvel counterparts. But these small differences aren’t enough to make the comic seem fresh or interesting. Another problem is that even the fight scenes are humdrum and unremarkable. This has to do with the cartoony look of the book. When everyone has a goofy expression on his or her face, suspense is impossible.
THOR #3 lacks invention and risk. It doesn’t surprise or enchant readers. At best, it does an adequate job of filling twenty-two pages with colorful illustrations. So while there’s nothing exactly to criticize, there’s nothing really to praise, either. You can definitely skip THOR #3 or, for that matter, this whole series.
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