The last few months of 2012 saw Marvel wind up a whole host of their titles with an aim to launching their Marvel Now project. Some of the biggest characters they have were started again in what Marvel claimed wasn’t a reboot but a natural reshuffle of the creative teams they had.
The majority of their releases have started quite well with a few key releases standing out from their first issue – Captain America, Indestructible Hulk, All New X-Men & The Avengers all impressed but the stand-out issue for me was Thor: God Of Thunder. Having enjoyed the Thor title greatly over the last few years I wasn’t sure if the likes of J. Michael Straczynski and Matt Fraction could be surpassed but in the hands of Jason Aaron that seems to a very real possibility.
OK, we may only be two issues in but the quality in those two issues can’t be denied as Aaron lays out the three ages of Thor. A young naive Asgardian trying to find his way, a present day god in all his battling glory and an older, solitary Thor living out his twilight years. An ambitious approach to tackle but one carried out with such skill that it’s an instant hit. Even better is the artwork from Esad Ribic and it works alongside the storytelling to create a true myth-soaked world where gods become a reality.
A success in both story and look and the clear frontrunner as the best of the Marvel Now releases – a joy to read and look at and one that makes my pull-list without question. Pick these up while you have the chance to jump on-board and you’re sure to be hooked. Check out the review of issue #1 & #2 if you still need convincing 😀
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