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Review Group - Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3

Written by John Martin on Tuesday, August 17 2010 and posted in Reviews

Dragavon had the pick for new comics shipping August 11th and he selected Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee.

The Review Group is a collection of posters who get together and review a new comic each week. Our threads can be found in The Outhouse’s News Stand forum and is open for anyone and everyone to participate.

Has the Review Group's heart been so filled with hate this Summer that they can no longer love anything? I think Thor: The Mighty Avenger might just have delivered us a definitive yes.

0811-thorma3_cover.jpgReview by Victorian Squid

Loki tricked Thor into attacking his friends? No way!

Way. Again.

Marvel lays the groundwork for the future release of the Thor blockbuster movie by trying to get some kids and other ticket-buying units interested in the property now by giving comic book readers more Thor than ever before. Which is fine--except it's the same Norse sibling shenanigans we've read about a thousand times, and probably will pay to see on the big screen when the time comes.

The book's tone combines a Silver Age-y naivete with a touch of modern sensibility, and the artwork reminded me of that Thor "motion comic" cartoon from the '60s. I thought some of the panel compositions were interesting, and it was fun to see Chris Samnee's rendition of Silver Age Hank and Jan. Unfortunately the dynamics and conflicts in the book seem just as out of date. If this was aimed at the all ages market, kids should have smarter comics than this.



Review by The Phenomenal Sire

This was a fun book, its your classic set up, Loki is up to no good which sets up a hero vs. hero fight. But this is an all ages book and this book is fun for all ages. The story was basic but it was fun, I like the Thor vs. Giant Man fight, and Pym is very likable and smart in the MA. A Marvel Adventures title is not going to get bogged down in continuity or overly complicated plots. Its going to give us an enjoyable read featuring some of our favorite characters and this one worked.

The art was decent and conveys the story. There isn't much worrying about the background detail,but for the audience intended it fits very well. I don't wanna say its cartoonish but a word close to that is what I am looking for, not that I am knocking it for that.

if only my son were old enough to read, I'd get him this title for him to enjoy the Mighty Thor.

Overall - 6.5


Review by Amoebas

As a guy who has had ZERO interest in Thor since pre-Dissassembled days, this book did nothing to reignite that flame.

In this issue, Thor and his baggage are just boring in my opinion, retreading pretty much everything from the original series (Daddy issues, Loki's plotting, Thor + Jane, etc). There might be someplace the writer is looking to take this but wherever that might be, nothing in this book made me care.

This being said - I LOVED THIS ISSUE! Not because of Thor but because of the guest star (who steals this book).

My man, Dr. Hank Pym, and his beautiful gal pal Janet Van Dyne, are the real stars within these pages. Set early in his career, he's just a scientist having fun with the 'toys' he's invented. While this leads him into the inevitable fight with Thor, it's great to see him hold his own (and earn a god's respect).

I'd buy a "Hank Pym - The Size-Changing Avenger" any day from this creative team, but I don't see me gettin another issue of "Thor - The Mighty Avenger".

Writing - 7
Art - 8
Total - 7.5


Review by Eli Katz

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.

ART: 5


Review by john lewis hawk

I feel like just stealing Eli's review.

ART: 5


Review by Zero

I have no problem with making comics suitable for kids. Kids should have comics written for them. However just as I wouldn't expect a small child to enjoy Stray Bullets #14, it was never on the cards that I'd enjoy Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3. It's not Toy Story or Kung Fu Panda. There's nothing there for anyone outside the pre-teen demographic.

Story was bog standard and lacked any kind of depth or imagination, and Chris Samnee is wasted on titles like this and Frontline. The guy can really draw.

The comic might have been the greatest thing in the world if you're seven. I'm not, and my score reflects that.



Review by BlueStreak

There comes a comic once a generation that redefines the medium. Without a doubt, that comic is Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3. Plot and art are merged together in a spectacular array of sequential panels, moving from left to right in resplendent harmony. Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 is more than a comic, it's a bold concept meant to be emulated in real life. Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee should be awarded Presidential Medals of Honor for contributing something so pure and wonderful into the world. These are our generation's Picassos whose art has distributed to the masses in twenty two page pamphlets of sheer awesomeness.

Hang on to these copies for future generations. In fifty years, your copy of Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 will be worshiped as the holy book of a new religion, a religion built upon the principles of hope, love, and Asgardian hobos.



Review by starlord

I was less than underwhelemed when I read this so I gave it to my youngest son to see if it was just me. He actually did seem to enjoy it more than I did but he said it wasn't as good as Bone. So that's my review for this week.

It's okay but it ain't as good as Bone.

Story: 4
Art: 8
My Score: 6


Review by SilverPhoenix

Take a trip back to one of the most pivotal times in comic books, where we get glimpse of the humble beginnings of Three Superheroes that would not just define an age, but inspire a generation.

Ant Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Wasp. 5 Individual heroes, One Iconic Name, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers. The original members of a team that would become synonymous with the term Super Hero Team, a team that would offer camaraderie, fame, glory and even redemption for those who sought. From humble beginnings, it has become the highest level one could reach in the Marvel Universe, but one question remains for those who wish to ask it. What was life like for those 5 before that fated day? Well, my friends, you're about to get apart of that answer.

Thor: The Mighty Avenger is a series that focuses on the early days of Marvel's Thor, serving as a retelling of his first days on earth, after Odin banishes him to Earth so he can learn a lesson of humility. However, unlike the original stories, we quickly learn that Thor hasn't assumed his well-known mantle of Dr. Donald Blake, and that Jane Foster is the head of Security at a Museum, instead of being a Nurse. What this creates, is a dynamic in which Thor is placed in a world which he cannot make sense out of, which makes Jane Foster not only his companion, but his teacher, as he learns the ways of Midgard. A place which he struggles to find the beauty.

As for the issue itself, the scenario is not just Thor and Jane's alone, it also involves Hank Pym (Ant-Man) and Janet Van Dyne (Wasp), who are pulled into the story when Hank's mentor (Dr. Stephens) is murdered by an unknown assailant to Hank. From there, it's almost as bright as day that the four characters in focus will meet. All of the ingredients are there for a fun story, if not a totally epic one, which is what is delivered for the most part.

The writing in this book is definitely serviceable (in the best meaning of the word possible.), as Landgridge doesn't just write a decent Thor, Jane and Janet, but he also writes a very compelling Hank, who's life's path is shown through his interactions with Dr. Stephens. It is very easy to see why Hank gets emotional about as the book goes on, something that Janet brings a balance to, and makes sure that he sees the bigger picture before he lets emotions get to him. It's refreshing take on a relationship that deserves more love, and he doesn't do too badly with the Thor and Jane interactions, either, which are a little bit hamfisted,. but entertaining none the less.

There's not much to say about the art, as minimalism wins the day in this book. This isn't to say that art isn't good, because it definitely is, the characters are cleanly drawn, the backdrops are decently detailed as well, giving the book a little bit more of a retro-feel. Ivan Reis this is not, but it doesn't try to be, nor does it have to be. The style works for what is being represented.

Overall, there really isn't anything bad that could be said about this book. However, that doesn't mean this book stands above the crowd. Thor: The Mighty Avenger doesn't set out to be a Highwater Benchmark in the Super Hero Genre, and it seems like the creative team is okay with that. What we do get is a fun piece of entertainment, that any Thor fan should be proud of. It's always nice to see what unknowns can do with characters that we know and love, and the creative team definitely gave us an effort-filled take, even if it isn't lining up to win awards.

The Verdict

Art: *** (6 out of 10): If you're looking for potential poster bait, you're not going to find it here, but it doesn't mean that artist didn't make a good showing of themselves. Detail and Emotion still shine through even with minimalism winning the day here.

Story: **1/2 (5 out of 10): What can we say, it's another paint by the numbers Superhero misunderstanding, that forges a life long friendship. However, there enough compelling characterization that doesn't make it drab and dull.

Accessibility: ***1/2 (7 out of 10): Past Issues are referenced, but you don't need to read them to understand what is going on here. Something that can be easily given to the curious.

Final Breakdown (All three categories plus Intangibles): **3/4 Stars (5.75 out of 10)


Review by thefourthman

This book has an infectious quality, something about Hobo Thor and his struggles on this earth, especially when Loki puts weird hexes on him, makes him like Sean Penn in I Am Sam or Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. He's obviously not retarded, but he over reacts in many the same ways and his observations of this world are skewed just like he saw it through a different kind of mind's eye.

Of course, Hobo Thor with future girlfriend is nowhere near as interesting as Hobo Thor being hassled by guards and told he is smelly. What is interesting is that even though this is pretty much a kid's book, it is not talking down to the kids. Landgidge even almost doesn't make the connection of Hyde as the foe Ant-Man wants clear enough. If anything, the book is hindered by some muddy writing. It's fun, has a certain charm missing from most of the super-hero books on the stand.

The art helps. Samnee and Wilson are invoking Cooke through a Coover filter. It is gorgeous and stylized and simple. It reminds me of a scooby doo cartoon. There are some spotty places here and there and Samnee seems to be in a bit of a rush and his plainer faces can morph into inconsistency, but he makes up for it in sheer love for the medium.

This is a pretty fun little book that looks damn fine. It could even be perfect and was once when it was all about Hobo Thor.

Story 3
Art 4
Overall 7


Review by John Snow

Simply charming.

Story: 8
Art: 9
Overall: 8.5

That gives Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 a group score of 6.18. I guess nice comics just can't cut it nowadays. Frown

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