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I saw the Thor movie and liked it enough that I want to look into Thor's appearances in comics. I've never really read comics with Thor in them (aside from brief cameos), so I have no clue where to start.
Where should I start reading? Are there any runs that are considered particularly good (or bad)?
Walter Simonson's run in the 80s is considered definitive. Conveniently, Marvel have just published a gigantic brick collecting about the whole of it. (Or there are the 6 Marvel Masterworks volumes if you want to something more "portable".)
1192 pages? Wow. That is a big book. I don't really care if it's portable or not, but the price . . .
It'll be a few weeks before I can afford that.
You can't go wrong with Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (aside from X-Men). I had a blast reading Essential Thor Volume Two (Yay, Hercules!). Those Essentials are cheap, too (around $15 each).
Essential Thor 2 is where Thor stops fighting lacklustre villains like Zarko and Mr. Hyde, and starts being more godly. Plus, the Hercules arc is simply awesome.
Seconding the Simonson run currently available as a giant brick. It's the definitive Thor run for quite a lot of Thor fans, myself included.
The Walt Simonson run is just awesome and filled with mythology. If you want to start at something a bit more modern, though, you can't go wrong with the first J. Michael Straczynski trade paperback, though it requires some background knowledge (like the events of Civil War).
If you're fine with out-of-continuity stuff, there's the short-lived but very fun Thor - The Mighty Avenger. There's two trade paperbacks and a Free Comic Book issue.
So, let's see. Simonson's "gigantic brick", Essential Thor, Thor - The Mighty Avenger and Straczynski's TPB (once I've read Civil War).
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone. I'll definitely have plenty of Thor reading material.
edited 13th May '11 4:09:14 PM by LadyMomus
As commented earlier (since I feel I would be remiss if I didn't mention it)- you cannot go wrong with some Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Thor. Essential Thor Vol. 2 and 3, at the very least. They're black-and-white reprints, but such fun that you probably won't care, especially since you get a lot of material for the price. And for whatever reason, Kirby's cosmic-level characters tended to get absolutely mind-boggling Nice Hats. Which is awesome
Walt Simonson's run is one of my favorite comics ever. You owe it to yourself to read it.
JMS' run was too talky and about boring humans too much for my tastesm but the kids these days seem to like it so try it out. JMS ended up leaving and the ending was handled by Kieron Gillian which was much better.
Most recently, Matt Fraction has been writing Thor and believe me when I say it has been fucking metal.
So I've caught up on Mighty Thor.
The current issue seems written with someone with a biblical chip on their shoulder.
I like it, but gods acting Abrahamic is a bit too easy a target.
The Thor comics frequently make "Ragnarok" stories, where everything is destroyed, but did someone ever made a "true to the text" adaptation of the ragnarok from the norse myths? (even if out-of-continuity, what if? or whatever). The one with the three winters, the gods fighting at the Vigrid, Odin eaten by a giant wolf, Thor dying after killing Jormungand, etc.
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