Look, I got an hour or so before my Batman movie finishes downloading, so let’s talk comics in the meantime! First off, oh man, we sure went on about DC last week huh? Gosh did we ever. Well I’m sorry about that faithful readers! It’s just that, you know, sometimes people offer you a wheelbarrow full of money to pretend to be stoked about something you’re only sorta interested in and sometimes you have to make the hard decision to sell out. Just jokes, you guys!
Anyhoo, let’s get to it. What’s new over at Marvel these days huh? Ultimate Spider-Man died. Who cares? Bendis is clearly losing it and the Ultimate universe doesn’t count. The X-Men books? Confusing as ever leading up to Schism (a word I’m NOT comfortable even TYPING!) The Avengers books? Pretty not-good but will probably get kinda-good again leading up to the movie next year? Jeez, I don’t want to write about any of that stuff!
I KNOW! LET’S DO THE TOP FIVE REASONS TO READ THE MIGHTY THOR!
ONE! Matt Fraction is at the top of his game and he’s only twelve years old! There is NO ONE in comics writing better than Fraction is writing right now. The Fear Itself event is Marvel’s best since EVER. His 34-issue run on Uncanny X-Men was epic and whether you like Iron Man or Iron Fist, Fraction has probably been your best friend for years. And yeah, he’s still rocking nuts with Thor: The Mighty Thor. From story, to pacing, to super-heroics, to everyday people-isms; I don’t know when Fraction finds the time to sleep.
TWO! Olivier Coipel delivers an open-handed claque au visage to any illustrator who says quality can’t be produced in a strict month-to-month deadline. His pencils are perfect and his page layouts are extraordinary. When you throw Mark Morales’ inks and Laura Martin’s colours into the mix, well you’ve got a recipe for the best looking comic book on the stands right now HANDS DOWN. All of the backgrounds are so fully realized and the action is so dynamic that this book is a real treat to look at. Oh, and NOBODY draws the lady Sif better.
THREE! This book’ll make you care about characters you never gave a crap about before. Thor, Odin, Loki and the rest of the Asgardian warriors? Silver Surfer? Galactus? Man, if you told me in high-school that I’d more stoked about a Thor comic (more so than anything else in my pull-list!), I’d have laughed in your face! And then I’d have probably said something about how much Pearl Jam rules or about how hard it is to find grunge flannel and Doc Martens in such a po-dunk town… Anyway, you can’t judge a book based on the fact that it’s consistently sucked ass since 1962. The Mighty Thor is amazing and if you haven’t met the characters before, why not give them a chance? And there are only three issues so far! So it’s not like you can’t still find them in the store. YES! DO THAT!
FOUR! Sub-plot goodness! The main storyline is that Silver Surfer – the guy who rides around finding planets for Galactus to eat – shows up and is all “Oh dip! Galactus is coming to eat Odin’s World Tree seed!” and Odin is all “Aw Hel naw! Can’t has!” and Silver Surfer is all “It’s your funeral WISE ACRE!” It’s a super fun storyline, but you know what’s really cool? The smaller scenes where the townspeople of Broxton (where Asgard crash landed) discuss how they’re tired of being afraid all the time. Or how sick they are of replacing windows every time someone comes to town with a grudge against the Norse gods. Especially great though are the scenes where the reincarnated child Loki (the liar, trickster and destroyer of Asgard in his previous life) deals with how much the people of Asgard still hate him for what he did. Drama for your face!
FIVE! Fight, fight, fight! There’s nothing that gets more boring than a played-out fight scene. Remember the Matrix movies? You got used to the special effects in about thirty seconds and then rolled your eyes waiting for the story to get going again. Heck, maybe you even did your taxes. BUT THIS IS ONE BOOK WHERE YOU WILL NOT CAST IT ASIDE TO DO YOUR TAXES! Let me just say, at the risk of increasing my own awesomeness 100%, that the fight between Thor and Silver Surfer is the best comic book fight all year! It’s like waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ka-CHOW! Ker-PAW! ZAPPO! Hey, I know the Silver Surfer was just trying to warn everybody to run away before the impending Galactus nom-nom, but he’s also a fancy pants sparkle magic surf wiener who needs to get knocked down a peg or two from time to time.
And with that super-awful run-on sentence I bid you ADIEU!