Thor: The Mighty Avenger: Volume 1: The God Who Fell to Earth

Writer: Roger Landridge

Illustrators: Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson

Distributed By: Marvel Comics

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                I’ve been catching up on some Marvel comic books and realized that I have read a great deal of the Spider-Man, Iron Man and X-Men comics, but really haven’t read much of Thor.  I decided to fix that by checking out Thor: The Mighty Avenger: Volume 1: The God Who Fell to Earth.

                This trade paperback is a re-imagining of the Marvel character, a Norse god banished from his home in Asgard by his father Odin and forced to live on EarthThor: The Mighty Avenger: Volume 1: The God Who Fell to Earth collects issues 1-4 of Thor the Mighty Avenger and Journey Into Mystery #83 and 84.  This version of Thor is not meant to be a part of the continuity of either the comic book storyline or the movie storyline.

                As the story opens, Jane Foster find herself promoted to the head of the Department of Nordic Antiquities at the Bergen War Memorial Museum in Bergen, Oklahoma.  Her first dilemma as head of department is a young homeless man who attempts to smash one of the museum’s exhibit cases.  She has him gently expelled from the museum, but later encounters him while on a date with her doctor ex-boyfriend.  Thor is trying to protect a woman’s honor and comes across Hyde, a huge, violent, monster of a being who will stop at nothing to destroy anything in his way. 

                With Thor badly wounded, Jane helps him to her ex’s car and they head to the museum on Thor’s request.  It is here that he is reunited with his hammer, which is discovered to be concealed inside the exhibit he tried to break into earlier.  With the hammer, Thor regains some of his power.  He explains his plight, to the best of his memory, to Jane.  After a little research, and some help from Loki, the two learn that Thor has been banished from Asgard, but the reason behind the banishment is still somewhat a mystery.  Eventually, Thor teams up with Giant-Man (Hank Pym) to defeat Hyde.

                While living at Jane’s apartment, Thor is visited by friends from Asgard who decide to take him out for a good time while covertly discovering whether his banishment has done anything for his humility…or lack thereof.  Though Thor has a good time, it is easy to see that he is finding his banishment difficult.  Things that used to come easy to him are hard to accomplish.  As he wonders about his plight, Jane returns to the apartment and they realize a certain attraction for one another.

                Okay, I admit, I did find some humor and fun in reading this trade paperback.  It took me back to a time before comic book writers took themselves so seriously and allowed more humor to mix in with the adventures.  However, I was not very happy with the artwork, which also appeared to be very throwback…so throwback that there were panels in which faces were missing from major characters.  It was as if the artist couldn’t be bothered with filling in all of the details.  Not even the special Kindle Fire effects could make me feel better about the lack of sophisticated artwork I had become accustomed to in this new age of comic books.  And yet, I did enjoy the storyline and the banter between Thor and Jane and Thor and his Asgardian friends. 

                That being said, I’m not certain I would recommend Thor: The Mighty Avenger: Volume 1: The God Who Fell to Earth unless you could check it out on Kindle for free like I did.  It was a fun read, but containing lackluster artwork drives the value down for me.  Plus, not being part of the continuum, it would be something that a true Thor fan would check out, but someone just starting out in the Thor universe might get confused over.


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