Wednesday, January 29, 2014

THE PERFECT THOR COMIC TO GIVE SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER READ A THOR COMIC

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #18, which went on sale today, features a self-contained story that is both literature and fine art simultaneously. It is both comedic and dramatic. It has plot twists and character development. You don't have to have any prior knowledge of Thor or Marvel Universe History to appreciate it. It takes place over one week's time in 894 in a Viking village and Asgard.

The cover is by the regular artist, Esad Ribic, one of Marvel's many talented painters. He manages photo realism while still having his own distinct style, a style that is produced by color selection and layout rather than visual stunts or quirks.


The interior art is a fill-in by Das Pastoras, an artist that exemplifies the difference between 21st Century Marvel and the 20th Century Marvel. The former embraces diversity rather than boxing the creators into a House Style like the latter. I will not say anything more about this issue because it would cause me sorrow to think that I diminished anybody's enjoyment of this gem by saying too much.

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