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Thor (2007 Series) #2

July 31, 2007

Quick Rating: Good (and getting better)
Rating: T+

With Thor back on Earth, can Asgard be far behind?

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Olivier Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Laura Martin
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: Gabrielle Dell’otto (Cover A); Olivier Coipel (Cover B)
Publisher: Marvel Comics

After a first issue I felt took itself a bit too seriously (to quote Homer Simpson, “Less artsy, more fartsy”), this issue is a definite improvement. Back on Earth, Donald Blake begins setting up life for himself in a small town in Oklahoma. For his alter-ego, the Mighty Thor, this means it’s time for the big question – do they bring back Asgard? Do they seek out the lost Aesir gods?

The first issue was mostly concerned with dancing around the question (with a foregone conclusion) of whether or not Thor would come back to life. Now that he has, the plot really starts to get underway. There’s a clever little scene here where Thor has to face the realities of land development, and there’s a definite direction indicated for this title to go in, something we didn’t have before. My only concern is that the mission laid out before Thor here feels extremely similar to Neil Gaiman’s Eternals series. Hopefully, Straczynski will be able to pull out the proverbial rabbit in the execution.

Olivier Coipel’s artwork is still wonderful. It’s a great task, to go from a mundane, dusty small town to the grandeur of a place like Asgard, but he manages to pull it off perfectly in a matter of panels.

I was on the fence last issue. I’m still there, but I’m starting to lean towards approval.

Rating: 7/10

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