Outright Classic Picks – Thor’s Day!
That’s right, True Believer! For this edition of Outright Classics we have turned our attention to the God of Thunder himself. The true heir to the throne of Asgard the Mighty Thor! So, with that said let’s dive into this weeks picks. These are but a few of the stories featuring the God of Thunder and there are many more so I wouldn’t be surprised to see another Thor special in the near future! Nuff Said!
Veigh Fornoone: Thor 292-301 The Eternal’s Saga
The very first Thor I read relating the epic saga of Der Ring des Nibelungen featuring Brunnhilda and Fin Fang Foom.
Zack Saa: Thor by Walt Simonson
I loved Walt Simonson’s entire run. While I had to read it later, as I was only four months old when his run ended, it’s always been my favorite portrayal and introduced some fun stories; introducing Beta Ray Bill, Frog Thor, Thor living on earth as Eric Masterson, the heartbreaking Mutant Massacre tie in, and more. It’s one of my favorite Marvel runs, like Bill Mantlo on Spider-Man, John Byrne on the Fantastic Four, Claremont’s X-Men, and Byrne’s Sensational She-Hulk.
Gaumer: Thor by J Michael Straczynski
My favorite Thor run is JMS’s run.
But my favorite Thor “thing” was his bromance with Hyperion in Hickman’s Avengers in his lead up to Secret Wars. The venerable warriors related to each other in a way that was so easily communicated to the reader that Hickman barely had to do any writing to make the relationship meaningful in a way that was immediately relevant to the story he was telling. It’s the perfect example of “less is more” in terms of comic book story-telling. That, and it was just amazingly cool! While we’ll never get the mini-series we deserve, the bromance between Thor and Hyperion is by far my favorite “thing” of either character.
Dandy Don Acree: Thor by Donny Cates (current series)
The current Thor run by Donny Cates is starting to become my favorite Thor story line. I’ve enjoyed Cates’ take on this legendary hero. With Thor being such a strong character and being akin to a god, who would have ever thought that Thor would ever become… The Herald of Galactus! The Black Winter has been teased for the first four issues and it finally arrives in #5 (which releases June 24th). “To save the Ten Realms—the entirety of the Multiverse—the Odinson must become…something else.” (GULP!)
Joshua David Rathbun: Thor 390
My favorite Thor issue would be Thor 390, where Thor and Captain America, fresh from dealing with Iron Man in his Armor War, take on Seth’s minions outside Hydrobase.
William Pace: Thor Corps
So many to pick from, but I’ll go with a fairly recent for this Boomer at least. Out of the last Secret Wars in Thor Corp that was so good, Hell Groot as a Thor plus some Beta Ray Bill action too? If you missed this mini series you have missed out on one great read!
Thomas Hulett: Thor Last Days of Midgard
Jason Aaron recently wrapped up his 10 year run on the Mighty Thor putting his definitive stamp on the character. While Thor has been an exceptional book for a long time and has had it’s fair share of epic stories, none quite reached the level of The Last Days of Midgard. With multiple story lines Thor does battle with the agents of Roxxon in the present day. Then in the far flung future Old King Thor does battle with Galactus for the fate of a dying earth. While there is plenty of action here the image that most stood out to me was that of a bleeding Old King Thor restoring life to a dying earth.
Tarah Bleier: Thor the MCU Version
Never read a Thor comic in my life but I absolutely ( along with the rest of the world) fell in love with Chris Hemsworth as him in the MCU. My favorite Thor film is actually, Thor: Ragnarok. I felt like it was the best of the Thor films and just wrapped things up so nicely. Hemsworth just fits the character so so well and he is hilarious. My first introduction to Thor was of course through the very first Avengers film.
And now for something completely different.
Joe Bones: Wicked + Divine
I’ve never read a comic with Thor in it nor seen the Marvel movies featuring the character, but I do like Norse mythology. My favorite comic book adaptation of Norse myth is Wicked + Divine by Kieron Gillien. There’s no Thor in that story (though Baal Hammon is a much better thunder-god in my opinion) but it does have an Odin. His powers manifest themselves in others and he recruits a battalion of warrior women groupies. These Valkyries and Odin himself are all clad in Tron-like armor and wield cool weapons. Let’s see Marvel’s Thor do that!