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Pull List Reviews: Thor The Mighty Avenger #8

Skott Jimenez 01/13/2011 Reviews

And the Comics keep coming! This week was bitter-sweet and my Pick was based entirely on the fact that a great book has come to an untimely end. While it was another small week I did get two really good books and one that has some improvement so let’s get into it. Oh, before I forget, there will probably be spoilers so if you haven’t read any of these yet and don’t want spoilers then stop reading now and come back after you’ve checked these books out.

 

Marvel Thor 8

THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER #8

Written by: Roger Langridge

Art by: Chris Samnee

Published by: Marvel Comics

Cover Price: $2.99

FINAL ISSUE. This will be forever known, to me, as the little book that should have been a big success. Everything about this series was what made comics what they are. It was fun, fresh and exciting. This series, in general, followed Thor as he was banished to Earth by his father, Odin, for some act he committed in Asgard. We never really knew what that act was but never found out the details of.

In this final issue we get to the bottom of some of what’s been going on. Our mystery villain, an old, ‘respectable citizen’ wants to place his mind in Thor’s body. He tried this once before and failed, though he did get some of Thor’s memories and has used them to toy with the Thunderer.

Jane Foster, worried about Thor, contacts Giant Man who asks Tony Stark to help find Thor. Stark arrives in an old version of his Iron man outfit, further proving this version of the Marvel Universe isn’t as old as ours hero wise, which interests me even more. Iron Man shows up and tracks Thor to where he’s being held captive. Thor escapes his bindings and defeats the root army in time for Iron Man to arrive. This means we get another good old fashioned “hero vs hero fight before they team-up” situation. Am I the only one who misses these days?

At the end of the day, the bad guys are defeated, Thor is reunited with Jane and also learns of Iron Man’s secret identity. He also realizes that in order to remain on Earth he’s going to have to rebuild the trust of the people. Something that he shouldn’t have to do but you know how fickle civilians in the comics universes are.

Where does that leave us, the readers? Well, we lose a great book and never really learn who the main villain behind this plot was. The issue obviously wasn’t designed to be a ‘final issue’ because of this dangling plot line.

As with the first 7 issues, though, this one had the same great writing and art that made this a perfect all-ages comic book. There will be 2 collections for this short run and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Of course, if you can find the monthly issues I would go that route, there are only 8 and the covers are really well done. Thor The Mighty Avenger, my hope is it’s memory will live on and we will see more from this reality soon. If an ongoing doesn’t work then maybe Marvel will at least consider a series of miniseries or the occasional one-shot to keep the story going.

Also out this week…

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #651

Spider-Man 651 comics

Written by: Dan Slott

Art by: Humberto Ramos

Published by: Marvel Comics

Cover Price $3.99

BIG TIME continues! Another exciting installment by Slott and Ramos! Spider-Man and Black Cat break into the Kingpin’s building to steal back the Reverbium Hobgoblin stole last issue. Spidey gets to really try out his new costume which is actually pretty darn cool, the Tron references were pretty funny as well. Overall this was an action packed, race against the clock issue, Spidey trying to locate the Reverbium and fight off Hobgoblin then has to save Black Cat as Fisk’s building comes crashing down around him!

The back-up continues the re-introduction of The Scorpion and I gotta say, I’m not to familiar with the Spider Slayers but this story is getting very interesting. THIS is how you do a back-up feature, folks. Unlike the Avengers back-up I don’t feel like I’ve been ripped off when I read this. Starting next issue I’ll be putting more focus on this. There really isn’t much to say about it yet other than I like the direction it’s going in and I’m curious to see what happens.

This new Hobgoblin is an interesting guy. When he isn’t in costume he’s still mental but more reserved but in costume? He’s totally nuts! In some ways, I would LOVE to see this guy face off against Deadpool.

….and speaking of Deadpool:

 

Deadpool Bullet Reviews

DEADPOOL #31

Written by: Daniel Way

Art by: Bong Dazo

Published by: Marvel Comics

Cover Price: $2.99

“I Rule, You Suck” concludes and is actually funny. The recent issues of this series have lacked the type of Deadpool entertainment I’ve gotten used to. This issue was an improvement but not by much. It’s Deadpool fighting vampires and trying to crack jokes but not really focusing on anything specific. The artist from Deadpool: Merc With A Mouth is here and his stuff is still good.

If there is ANY reason to buy this issue it’s to see the cheap shot taken at Twilight. That page made me laugh out loud.

I’ve been dropping Deadpool books, which end up getting canceled shortly after I drop them and this series is no exception. Since it’s been very bland lately, for like the last 5 or so issues, it’s on the chopping block. Next issue will decided if I drop it or not.

So there you are. Another small week and not much to really say. Two really fun books and a third that is struggling to be entertaining. Read those comic books folks! Stop back by Comic Booked for all your comic book news, reviews, and more!

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  1. Andy Kirby 01/14/2011 at 7:33 am

    I'm surprised how many people have latched on to Thor, the Mighty Avenger. It isn't 616 and it isn't even 1610 as far as I know. But still people are trying to keep it going, even more so than the die hard MC2 Spider-Girl fans.

  2. Skott of Fables 01/15/2011 at 9:51 pm

    I can't speak for anyone else but me, I can only tell you what I loved this series.

    It was fun. Simple as that. This is what comic books, specifically super hero comics, are about. There was a sense of wonder and innocence in this book much like in the early days of Marvel Comics when things were new and there were no cliches.

    The art was fun, light and detailed in its simplicity.

    It was everything that makes comics what they are and should be. We have to many serious and 'realistic' comics these days, for me it was fun to be able to read something that used an established character but gave him a fresh set of clothes and just had fun with the concept.

    I mean, the look on Thor's face in issue 7 when Jane gave him the cell phone was priceless!

  3. Sokos6 11/12/2012 at 12:40 am

    Thor…. cell phones….no good.

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