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Byron Brewer

Review: Astonishing Thor #1


ASTONISHING THOR #1 PREVIEW Story: Robert Rodi Art: Mike Choi Colors: Frank d’Armata Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna Cover: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 24th, 2010   Reviewer after reviewer out there in cyber-land has panned this initial Astonishing offer starring Thor, for one reason or another. Me? I kinda dug it. To be honest, I was not going to pick up ASTONISHING THOR#1. Oh, sure, I knew it had the trappings of a cosmic tale with Ego the Living Planet as the Thunder God’s foe, and the art did look quite appealing as it was previewed. Still, four bucks is four bucks. Then esteemed Cosmic Book News publisher Matt McGloin informed me the Stranger, my favorite cosmic character of all time, was making a rare appearance herein. I was sold, but not hooked for the long haul. After reading #1, however, I am. Some reviewers seemed to have trouble getting through the Elizabethan English the Asgardians use. This is just a lazy reader. Heck, in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s Thor and his mates spoke more formal English than the crew at Buckingham Palace! You get used to it, and even a gangsta can get the meaning if they follow the context. Other reviewers did not like the “feel” of the art. Painted non-painted panels? Jeeze! The art had its own feel, I thought, with Mike Choi’s panels packed with the elements as Goldilocks was surrounded by the rain and the wind. It virtually dripped off the page. Again in outer space, where I would like to see the Odinson more often, there was a feel of vastness. I loved Thor’s approach to Uranus only to see the familiar eye of Ego. I will not spoil the surprise if there are any other fans who have yet to pick up this book, but the role of the Stranger in this tale is shocking, especially given what we know about the Living Planet. Even if I did not like the art, this alone would be enough to get me back for #2. Robert Rodi put the wallop of an uru hammer into this first issue of Astonishing Thor. I am just sorry it is not being better received across cyber-space. But then again, that is why you, wise reader, tune into CBN, your premiere source for news of the cosmic variety in comic books, movies, TV – and more! Right? Take it from yours truly: Buy the book.