Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 07/05/07
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writer: J. Michael Straczynski
artists: Olivier Coipel and Mark Morales
How long has
it been - three years? When last we saw the one true God
of Thunder, he had ascended the throne of Asgard, blinded
himself in search of wisdom and finally brought about the
finality of Ragnarok. No longer would the gods be slaves
to a higher ill-defined force that made them enact the same
patterns over and over. This time, when they died, they'd
be truly gone.
So Thor missed
Avengers Disassembled. He missed House of M
and Civil War and the jury's still out on whether
or not he'll have anything to do with World War Hulk.
In the meantime, Marvel teased us with the Asgardian, a
member of the Young Avengers created at a time when rumors
flew that Thor would come back as a teen.
Then they gave
us a mysterious man with a satchel who casually picked up
Mjolnir, Thor's enchanted hammer, and walked away. That
was almost two years ago. Of course, then came Clor, a cloned
android of Thor that killed Black Goliath during the Civil
War, an effective weapon for the forces of registration
until Hercules smashed his brains out.
That's a long
time and a lot of teasing, and if it seems like I'm meandering
to get to this review of Thor #1, that's because
that's pretty much what the book does.
If you're a
Thor fan, you probably won't mind. Olivier Coipel and Mark
Morales deliver sumptuous splash pages illustrating J. Michael
Straczynski's almost poetic summation of who Thor should
be. The first third of the book doesn't just rehash the
last few years; with the artwork, it reminds you of how
glorious Thor and his world can be.
But it's also
not particularly going anywhere. The middle of the book
turns into a debate between Thor and Dr. Donald Blake as
to how they're going to return to life, because they're
both stuck in the void. Try not to pay attention to the
likelihood that Blake has been walking around on Earth before
this. It's a vague but sporadically moving reflection on
whether or not we even need a Thor.
This just in
from Marvel's marketing department, looking forward to the
movie adaptation: Yes. Yes, we do.
sets up a new base of operations, and perhaps the promise
of more Asgardians. With his talent, this should be better
than the "Lost Asgardians" series a few years ago. Yet the
intrigue built here comes more from knowing the track record
of the creative talent, not because of anything that actually
happens. For all this, and it has its moments, Straczynski
doesn't build any particular intrigue.
As fans, we
can extrapolate that yeah, once Thor gets his bearings he's
likely to be pretty ticked off at Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic
for the whole clone thing. Knowing the past as we do, it's
also only a matter of time before Loki shows up to bug the
crap out of his brother and cause a lot of mayhem. For all
we know, Thor might even start a cult out in the Midwest.
our imaginations at work. The creative team has done
none of it, and really, the ball should be in their court.
As happens too often, Thor #1 seems designed to read
a whole lot better when you have the next five issues all
in hand in one beautiful hardbound collection.
this long. What's one year more?
Sorry about the compression of all this, but due to family
fun on the 4th, Westercon and unexpected computer problems,
my deadline's tight today. Heck, I'm already late. But let
me point out a few joys on the stand today…
Superman #8: Grant Morrison puts his spin on Bizarro.
It am no make my head hurt so sweetly.
vs. Army of Darkness #5: Even two-dimensional Bruce
Campbell makes everything better.
Avengers and the Transformers #1: If someone asks where
it fits in continuity, just shove your metallic boot up
their trunk. Relying on the ever-popular "alien influence"
makes everybody act like jerks, the story drops the Robots
in Disguise into something sort of resembling the Marvel
Universe of about two years ago. Hey, these things take
#27: The team goes back in time to encounter Marvel's
steampunk age. If Joss Whedon is bucking for the shot at
creating a new series for Marvel, let us all raise our hands
in support for him. It's an awesome concept.
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