Thursday, July 29, 2010


When I was a kid, one of the comics I used to defend my reading habits was Thor. I thought the mythic overtones, coupled with the faux-Shakespearean High English lent the book sufficient legitimacy that, as Thor might say, none would dare question its veracity!
At San Diego Comic-Con this year, they ran a trailer for the upcoming THOR film. Naturally (and I suspect possibly deliberately) it leaked out afterward.
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In hindsight, as much fun as the Lee/Kirby Thor was, it really wasn't all that well-written. There was a sameness to the soap opera aspects, but Kirby's art was at its peak on this book, at least for me.

In the last couple years, the writing took a turn for the better under the auspices of J. Micheal Straczynski (who is no longer on the book, having jumped ship to DC, at least for now). His take on Thor reintroduced the book's majesty, while retaining its wit. Usually, when a writer is "witty" on a comic, it's at the expense of the characters. Not so here. JMS is capable of balancing humor and respect for his subject matter. That's great. Snark is nearly worthless. If you dont' respect the subject you're writing about, how can you expect that your readers will?

As for the trailer, Thor's look is based on the JMS storyline. It works. I have a minor problem with the early shots of Asgard. These are Norse gods. Their  home should look like it's carved of cold stone (as it does later on after Loki assumes power), not gleaming polished CG metal.
I shy away from many superhero comics to film adaptations these days. I'm not seeing Iron Man II until it hits Netflix. And as much as I like M. Night's work, the clips my friends showed me from The Last Airbender were quite painful.
But this looks promising.


  1. As a fan of mythological characters, I've been very happy with JMS's reboot of Thor. I own several original pages. Wish I owned that Kirby above :-)

    The Thor trailer seems to combine elements of the JMS storyline with the Ultimates storyline (the escape from the hospital and everyone's attitude toward him for instance). At JMS's spotlight panel at ComiCon, he said that he loved doing Thor, but hated the Siege storyline. He didn't place Asgard in Oklahoma with the intention of blowing it up, and he thought that this was a really stupid thing to do. He quit, and went to DC to reboot Wonder Woman and Superman. He had a lot to say about Wonder Woman. I'm going to blog about it tonight or tomorrow.

  2. Kim, just read the first full issue of JMS' Wonder Woman and am happy with it. It appears to be a pretty straightforward fleshing out of the prelude from #600, but there's some smart storytelling there. I'll be eager to read your reaction.
    You own JMS Thor pages. Why doesn't that surprise me? Of course you'd be another art hound! Too cool!
    I should get my original art collection on the wall and blog about it... my Fleisher storyboard frame, my two Chuck Jones pieces, my Steranko Shadow pencil, the Gulacy MoKF page, the Conrad Almuric painted page, the Cruse Stuck Rubber Baby page, and my Modeling With Millie fashion page.
    Not that I'm bragging or anything...

  3. Wow! Sounds like you've got some great stuff! We have a lot, but my two favorites at the moment are a splash page of Godzilla sinking the Spanish Armada and an Alex Ross pencil sketch for a Matrix poster.