This week I want to look at a classic superhero character from Marvel Comics that has been around for almost 50 years and one of my personal favourites, The Mighty Thor!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the thunder god, Thor is one of Marvels oldest characters, along with Fantastic Four and Ant-man, that hit the stands in the early sixties and despite a few hiccups hes still going strong. In fact, now’s a good time to get some Thor reading under your belt as he has a blockbuster(hopefully) movie hitting early next Year.

Starring a dude from Home and Away as Thor.

 

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But I’m still hopeful! (wraps arms around legs and rocks on spot sucking his thumb)

Kenneth Branagh directing, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston star. It can’t be that bad. Right? (continues sucking thumb) Plus at least he looks the part now. His arms are bigger than my head – and I had the largest head in my grade one class. True Story.

I’m guessing most of you know Thor as the god of thunder from Norse mythology? Maybe? Well, yeah, this is still the case in Marvels interpretation, but here he spends his time between hanging out in Asgard, (home of the gods which floats in space connected to earth by a rainbow bridge – pretty standard stuff really) smiting frost gods (smoting?) in a world straight out of Lord of the Rings and hanging out on earth punching guys with crowbars!

The guys have the crowbars, not Thor.

He has a hammer.

Obviously.

The character was never a HUGE seller and in the last 10 years his ongoing series was cancelled. A few years ago however Thor was relaunched by top writer J. Michael Straczynski, writer on Amazing Spider-man and also the creator(and pretty much the writer on every single episode) of Babylon 5. Joining him was Olivier Coipel on art, an incredible artist who really doesn’t draw as much as I’d like these days. For a Thor comic this was big name talent and the sales reflected this. It was huge.

The relaunch brought Thor down to Earth. LITERALLY! Ba-dum-bum. (sorry.) Asgard, the city of the gods, is now floating a hundred metres or so over Oklahama and the gods are awakening one by one, after all biting the big one when the last Thor series concluded. Ragnarok = major downer dude. It’s a slower paced Thor book certainly, but the art is beautiful and the story feels so much more approachable than Thor has been before. And I LIKE old Shakespearean speaking Thor! The interactions between the townspeople and the gods are pure comedic gold and if you read Civil War (I’m sorry) then the issue where Iron Man pays a visit is a joy to behold(Seriously, really sorry.)

Don’t get me wrong, there IS action and things heat up as we move into the second volume but this is a slower paced Thor story then the classics of old so don’t come in expecting a mindless action packed superhero romp (oh, we’ll get to THOSE, don’t you worry!).
Just be warned – Straczynski’s run on Thor, while award winning, critically acclaimed and garnering highest all-time sales for the book, is also very divisive. Some people hate it, some people love it. I love it. So there you go. Give it a try – see where you fall.

 

Now as you did last week, click on the two pics above to go straight to the libraries catalogue to reserve these suckers now before they go flying off the shelves (you DID do that last week didn’t you? Hmmn…)! And hey, don’t be hesitant to reserve any of the volumes if they’re already out. We got enough comic goodness to keep you going until they’re back in again.

I’ll put out my regular requests to let us know what you’d like to read. Send me an email, come into the Success Library to talk (or in fact let any of our staff in any of our three branches know what you’d like us to get in), leave a comment on this blog, whatever you have to do…just let us know what you want to read. Cos that’s why we’re here. Ain’t we the best?

So until next time….Its Hammer Time? (No. Just..no.)