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Thor #1: Review

Sep 2007
J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel

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5 stars

Thor #1 Review by (August 30, 2012)
Review: Comeback of the decade! After three years of being a ghostly presence in outer space, Thor returns to the Marvel fold. Wait, I thought Ragnarok was the end of everything for the Norse Gods? Well, yes, it is. The previous series told us that Ragnarok was a cycle but with Thor bringing it on, the cycle of death and rebirth ended. So how is Thor back? “It is for man to decide whether or not the gods exist.” JMS’s in-your-face atheism actually speaks for the Marvel deciders: now that the cycle is broken, the gods can choose for themselves whether to come back without having to worry about another Ragnarok (at least until the next writer takes over). JMS adds some interesting new wrinkles to the Thor mythos: Asgard is rebuilt in middle America, providing a lot of fun as the Aesir and the ordinary mingle. Plus, he brings back Don Blake, giving Thor a human anchor that he has been sorely missing, while ensuring that the character is not just a standard “secret identity” who has to make excuses to dash off in order to change into his hero suit. Coipel’s grim rugged Thor will take a little getting used to but for now all is well.

Comments: Lady Sif, the Warriors Three, Beta Ray Bill, and Valkyrie appear in Thor’s dreams of Asgard.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Since the events of Ragnarok, Thor has been dreaming: recalling his victories and losses as both the Norse God of Thunder and as the human physician Dr. Donald Blake. Now, Thor’s hammer Mjonir falls to Earth creating a huge crater in a rural area; a curious bystander touches it and a bolt of lightning summons Thor back into existence. In a shadowy void, Thor discovers who has summoned him back: Don Blake, his human host while on Earth, who had been erased from existence by the Odinpower. But now Don is real again, as the Odinpower has lost its force with the death of Odin. Don tells Thor that he is needed once more. Thor balks at the idea of returning to the cycle of death and rebirth, but Don explains how the choice is up to him, the cycle has been broken and now the Thunder God can create his own destiny, rebuild Asgard and reawaken the gods and return them to existence. Thor is then attacked by the monsters that inhabit the void, and he must fight his way through to life—and when he grasps Mjolnir by the handle, he is transfigured into the Thunder God of old, defeats his enemies and chooses to return to life….

Dr. Donald Blake arrives in a small town in Oklahoma and rents a room in a hotel run by the sweet Beth Sooner. Don goes up to his room, sits on his bed and strikes his walking stick on the ground—and lighting illuminates the sky with a crash of thunder….

Olivier Coipel
Mark Morales
Laura Martin
Olivier Coipel (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.


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