The GeeksverseThe Mighty Thor #1

The Mighty Thor #1
Published on Thursday, April 28, 2011 by

Written by: Matt Fraction
Penciled by: Olivier Coipel
Inked by: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin, Justin Ponsor & Peter Steigewald
Letters: VC's Joe Sabino
Cover Art: A- Olivier Coipel w/ Mark Morales & Laura Martin; B- Travis Charest; C- Walt Simonson w/ Laura Martin
Assistant Editor: Charlie Beckerman
Editor: Ralph Macchio

I’m not quite sure why Marvel felt they needed to renumber the Thor series and start off with a new number one. This story picks up right after the end of Thor #621. There’s no story break, the plots pick up and keep going. That’s not a reason to start with a new number one.

The story is decent. Thor and Sif journey into the heart of the Worldtree to recover it’s heart. And Thor is troubled by it. There really isn’t much story in this issue. The pages are spectacular though. Bright and cosmic. But the story is fairly simple.

And if we didn’t get enough of the Warriors Three grumbling about Loki, along with the rest of the Asgardians, we get more of it in this issue. Wasn’t the “first” issue of Journey Into Mystery enough of that?

Thor’s journey into the Worldtree is interspaced with a Preacher talking about Gods and what having real Gods on Earth does to faith. That part is the strongest of the issue. The actual Thor part is the weakest part of the story.

The coming conflict between the Surfer and Thor is telegraphed. It’s fairly obvious what the energy source he detects is. And Thor’s proclamation that the worldheart will bring nothing but trouble is prophetic. It’ll come next issue.

Coipel’s pencils are great. I’ve always liked his work. There’s a huge difference between Coipel and Ferry’s work on this title. Ferry gave the title a storybook feel. It had an epic quality. Coipel’s is more grounded. It’s still got an epic feel but it doesn’t have the same storybook feel.

Coipel’s pages are large scale. They explode on the page. The colors help make them stronger. It’s a great looking book.

The Mighty Thor #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Beautiful and explosive pages with a fairly mundane story.

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