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Thor, The Mighty Avenger #1

Written by Christian on Saturday, July 10 2010 and posted in Reviews

Simply put, Thor, the Mighty Avenger #1 is the best comic you haven't read yet.  Why?  Click to find out!

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

COVER BY: Chris Samnee
WRITER: Roger Langridge
PENCILS:Chris Samnee
INKS:Chris Samnee
COLORED BY:Matthew Wilson

He's banished, he's mad, and he wants to FIGHT. ROGER LANGRIDGE (Muppet Show, Eisner and Harvey Award nominee) and CHRIS SAMNEE (SIEGE: EMBEDDED, The Mighty) re-imagine the God of Thunder in THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER! THRILL as he battles robots the size of cities! GASP as he tames the mightiest sea creatures! SWOON as he rescues damsels from the vilest villains! It's Thor as you've NEVER seen him, hammering his way into your hands TWICE this month! Rated A ...$2.99


Thor's stock has never been higher.  Between Mjolnir appearing in Iron Man 2, a major motion picture due to come out next summer, and his rejoining the Avengers, the Norse Thunder God is in as high of a demand as he was when he was really worshipped as a god in the Dark Ages. Keeping this in mind, Marvel has released a second Thor title, this one focusing on the all-ages crowd. Written by Roger Langridge and drawn by Chris Samnee, Thor, The Mighty Avenger # 1 is easily one of the best comics of the year.

Roger Langridge continues his streak of writing spectacular comics that no one seems to pay attention to. His Eisner Award nominee The Muppet Show comic, produced by Boom Studios, is one of the best comics on the shelves today. Thor, while taking a more serious tone than Langridge's prior works, continues this trend of fun comics.

Langridge's plot is a simple one. Girl meets Thunder god, Thunder god gets into mischief, sparks fly. Throw in some subtle nods to modern continuity, a surprise Marvel villain and some fun along the way, Langridge effortlessly moves from page to page without hesitation. Despite (or perhaps because of) this simplicity, Langridge is able to give the reader strong characterizations of both Thor and Jane Foster.

Foster is given more attention in this issue than in the last twenty or so years' worth of comics. Langridge's Foster is a modern woman with modern problems, including insecurities over her job, an ex-boyfriend who's unable to let go and a Norse thunder god who keeps stumbling into her life. Thor, meanwhile, is given put into the familiar role of foreigner, but in a new context. Thor is able to speak only broken English and struggles to adapt to the new world he has found himself in.  Langridge aptly shows Thor's noble character despite his lack of words, defending a woman's honor and charming Jane Foster with only a smile. Choosing to focus on characterizing Thor and Foster before they enter the world of Norse legend is a smart move, as it gives the reader a chance to relate before the plot moves towards more otherworldly settings.

Chris Samnee provides some of the strongest art seen in a comic this year. It is almost astounding how much detail the man portrays with such a simple style. His pencils are crisp and fresh, his face are imbued with emotions without needless lines or shadowing, and he crams panel after panel into each page without cluttering them.  It's a simple, almost Mike Allred-esque style that harkens back to the Silver Age of comics. Together, Langridge and Samnee make an excellent pairing. Langridge's writing and Samnee's art compliment each other perfectly.

Simply put, this is an excellent comic. It's probably one of the best single issue comics of 2010. If I had to point out one flaw, it's that Langridge and Samnee have set the bar high for future issues However, Thor, The Mighty Avenger has all the trappings of a modern classic.


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