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(W) Jim Zub (A) Robert Gill (CA) Stonehouse Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 08, 2020 SRP: $3.99
THOR’S MIGHTY PREQUEL TO THE UPCOMING VIDEO GAME, MARVEL’S AVENGERS!
The adventure leading to MARVEL’S AVENGERS continues, with an all-new story leading directly into the events of the highly anticipated video game! When the GOD OF THUNDER uses his mighty Mjolnir to aid TONY STARK, a.k.a. IRON MAN, with his latest experiment, why does this lead to an unexpected Asgardian encounter…and a one-on-one battle between THOR and the green gamma goliath known as THE HULK?! Is all as it seems, or is an ancient enemy planting seeds of distrust that will bloom into the disassembling of the AVENGERS?!
With the end of War of the Realms and Jason Aaron’s epic run with Thor, it makes sense to restart the series with a new issue considering a new team. Thor #1 is a fresh start in numerous ways. It delivers a starting point for new readers and a new direction for long time fans.
Writer Donny Cates takes on guiding Thor in his new role as ruler of Asgard. Cates has been quietly shaping Marvel’s cosmic universe and here he seems to be bringing Thor into his grand vision. What’s impressive is how Cates does that all.
The comic is a new beginning. Even if you skipped Aaron’s run, you can start with this issue. Cates lays out the status quo and where the series is going. He’s able to do that and delivers a lot of emotion throughout. Cates gives us a good sense of Thor’s emotional state and the unease he has in his new role. This was a character of action and a blunt instrument at times. The concept of ruling and not being in the midst of battle is something new for him. You get the idea this is a character struggling to find his new role and balance in responsibilities and wants.
The art by Nic Klein is fantastic. Marvel has teased out Thor’s new costume and there’s an unexpected reason for it. If you’ve had issues with the look, by the end of the issue it makes much more sense as to the why. Klein is joined by Matthew Wilson on colors and Joe Sabino on lettering and the comic looks crisp and engaging. Cates’ script has a mix of action, quieter moments, and jaw-dropping scenes and the creative team delivers it all with beautiful art.
Thor #1 mixes action, emotion, and spectacle. The result is a debut issue that’s welcoming to new readers and should intrigue long-time fans. With unexpected twists and a whole new direction and status quo, this debut sends Thor off into the cosmos for adventure and excitement.
Story: Donny Cates Art: Nic Klein Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Joe Sabino Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Donny Cates (A) Nic Klein (CA) Olivier Coipel Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 01, 2020 SRP: $4.99
A BRAND-NEW, SUPERSTAR CREATIVE TEAM TAKES THE KING OF ASGARD TO NEW REALMS OF GLORY!
The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.
Spider-Woman is back and better than ever in an explosive new series this March from creative team Karla Pacheco and Pere Pérez. Readers can hardly wait to see what adventures Jessica Drew finds herself on, and apparently, neither can Marvel’s heroes! To celebrate the launch of her new solo series, check out these awesome Spider-Woman variant covers depicting her in her classic costume, ready for action alongside her fellow heroes!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by RYAN BROWN
AVENGERS #32 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by MIKE McKONE with colors by ANDRES MOSSA
AVENGERS #33 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by KHOI PHAM with colors by MORRY HOLLOWELL
DEADPOOL #5 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by MIRKA ANDOLFO
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by DECLAN SHALVEY
GHOST RIDER #6 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by JUNGGEUN YOON
IMMORTAL HULK #32 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by PATCH ZIRCHER with colors by DAVE McCAIG
IMMORTAL HULK #33 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by CORY SMITH with colors by MAT LOPES
THOR #4 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by JAVIER GARRÓN with colors by DAVID CURIEL
(W) Walter Simonson, More (A) Ron Frenz, More (CA) Kim Jacinto Rated T+ In Shops: Dec 04, 2019 SRP: $4.99
LEGENDARY THOR CREATORS REUNITE FOR A THUNDEROUS CELEBRATION!
Walter Simonson’s Thor run is widely considered to be not only some of the best Thor comics of all time, but simply some of the best comics, period. Now the legend returns for a special tale about Thor and Beta Ray Bill – with art from Mike Hawthorne and beloved veteran Sal Buscema! And the trio is joined by yet another unforgettable Thor team: Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, who will be telling an all-new Thunderstrike story! Finally, no Thor story would be complete without his most trusted companion: the berserker, the warrior extraordinaire, the Lady Sif! Kathyrn Immonen wrote one of the landmark Sif tales in her run on Journey Into Mystery – and now she returns for a brand-new journey!
A peal of thunder shakes the heavens as Thor Odinson takes on his new role as the king of Asgard! Donny Cates, the mad mind behind Absolute Carnage and Cosmic Ghost Rider, and artist Nic Klein are bringing the thunder in a new Marvel epic! Now, prepare for the reign of a new king with this Thor #1 trailer featuring Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, Editor Wil Moss, and writer Donny Cates!
The War of the Realms has ended, and the gleaming realm of Asgard finds itself at peace. However, the illusion of security is shattered when a cosmic cataclysm takes its toll on Asgard and its people. In order to prevent further disaster, All-Father Thor makes an impossible choice, leading him to wield power the likes of which he’s never dreamed of before.
Thor #1 by Donny Cates and Nic Klein is on sale New Year’s Day in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com!