There is a reason why comic book fans are obsessed with origin stories. As there are layers to each character. How did some of those things become part of them is the question that we seek in these types of tales. When did they realize who they were going to become?
These sound like typical questions, but the answers for, even us, mere mortals, are often confounding and ever-changing. That is the escapism of superheroes gives us such freedom. That is also finding ourselves within their journeys is essential in discovering ourselves. In Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1, we get the origin of Thor and what makes him one of the most identifiable heroes in comics today.
We are taken to the dawn of humanity, where we discover the ancient predecessors of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Prehistoric Avengers. They stopn Lauffey, a frost giant whose wrath wreaked havoc because of the lost of his love, laying destruction wherever he roamed, but they banish him to Utgard, but not before losing the black Panther in the fight. Months later, Thor ambushes Phoenix in a shotgun wedding, one that did not go his way, leaving everything on fire on her way out of Asgard, leaving Avengers dissembled, not knowing who to trust. By issue’s end, Lauffey returns to carry out his revenge, as the child born from Gaea, Odin and Phoenix, named Thor emerges.
Overall, Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1 is an exciting exercise in world building, one which shows Aaron’s storytelling skills. The story by Walker and Aaron is impressive. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, our favorite heroes, in a way the world has never seen them before.
Story: Jason Aaron, Kev Walker Art: Kev Walker
Color: Dean White Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 10 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy
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