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Thor Visionaries: Walt Simonson, Vol. 3 by…

Thor Visionaries: Walt Simonson, Vol. 3

by Walter Simonson

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It was a time of magic... Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has. His work on the Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen and rarely achieved in his wake. Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, Simonson's work is often considered the definitive Thor. From the majesty and mystery of fabled Asgard to the gritty streets of New York City, Thor was never the same. That is the mark of a true visionary. This third volume continues the collection of Simonson's epic run.… (more)



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I am a big fan of Walter Simonson but had never read his run on Thor because I didn't start collecting comics until after it was over (and well, I think I was in elementary school during that time as well, so Archie was more my thing). But I remember hearing a lot of great things about it and in my book, you can never go wrong with his artwork. In this third Marvel Visionaries: Walter Simonson: The Mighty Thor collection, which covers issues 360-369 of The Mighty Thor, He is the artist for most of the book; Sal Buscema takes over on issues 368 and 369. The stories are uneven by this third volume. It starts off well with Thor leading warriors into Hel to retake mortal souls that Hela had stolen, starts petering out with three issues about Thor being turned into a frog that are only so-so, and ends with the Simonson-written, Buscema-drawn issues that are pretty much expendable. One nitpicky complaint and a very minor spoiler alert: much is made of Thor's face being scarred by Hela's touch, but we never see the damage except in shadow, unless the shadow is black scar tissue or something. And the horrific mutilation is covered up when Thor decides to grow a beard. The whole facial scarring was made much ado about, and then the beard is mentioned often. Did we need all that just to allow Thor to grow facial hair? Final opinion: the third volume is not essential to appreciating Simonson's run on The Mighty Thor. Buy the first two volumes and you will have a satisfying enough ending to the main storyline of Surtur versus the Asgardians. ( )
  lithicbee | Nov 7, 2009 |
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