Sunday, June 5, 2016
The Astonishing Thor
The God of Thunder senses a cosmic force putting undue stress upon Midgard. These emanations remind Thor of an old flame, the celestial being Zephyr and the Asgardian seeks to stop her wraith upon the earth. While Thor locates Zephyr, he discovers that she is as much as a pawn in this astronomical event as he is.
The entire universe is in peril as the living planet, Ego has learned that he has a brother, Alterego! But this will not be a joyful reunion as both planets want to be the only child. Thanks to the prodding of the mysterious Stranger, who seeks to test out whether nature can survive future, it will take more as Asgardian willpower for Thor to save all of existence.
This 2011 miniseries wasn't very well received when it first came out. That's probably why I found this book for a steal at my local comic book store. I've seen dozens of the collected hard back edition at so many used book shops that I have started to lose count.
Honestly, I think the problem is that the cosmic adventures of Thor are his weakest. Case in point is the film Thor: The Dark World. It's got the worst rating on Rotten Tomatoes of any Marvel film made since 2000. I've gotta admit, I feel asleep during it. Thor may be a cosmic being but he belongs on terra firma.
Another problem with this book is the visuals. The artwork by Mike Choi is quite visually stunning with its watercolored effect. But on at least more than one instance, the art is actually recycled. That's unacceptible and really a trick that you only expect from fledgling independent publishers not a powerhouse like Marvel.
A good Thor story that's not without it's problems. I liked it but it's not going to be a keeper in my ever-growing collection.
Rating: 7 out of 10 stars.