The buzz behind the THOR movie is so great you might forget it was just five years ago or so that there was no monthly Thor comic book! The Thor series had come to an end and, even as Marvel’s Civil War ramped up, the only Thor we were given was nothing but a Reed Richards’ Thor-clone. Now, half a decade later, the Thor monthly has become Journey Into Mystery (as it was originally called), we are a little more than a week away from Thor gracing movie theater screens everywhere. Thor himself is an integral part of Marvel’s Fear Itself event and today marks the launch of a new ongoing series called The Mighty Thor.
I would imagine those Thor fans who missed their God of Thunder when he was gone must absolutely love every second of it. And though I count myself among those excited about Thor’s prominence in the Marvel Universe, it was not always so. Marvel has always been known for the human qualities their powerful heroes exuded. Somehow, Thor never interested me. He lacked the everyman appeal of Spider-Man, the pure goodness of Captain America, the darkness in the Hulk, or the grittiness of Daredevil. If I wanted to read about gods I would pick up a DC Comic and read about Superman.
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‘Tis a mighty week of comics this week, readers. Mighty indeed. And I don’t just mean in terms of the new Thor series; I mean there are TON of books coming out and nearly all of them hold some interest for the Best Covers desk. In fact, the leaning tower of comics on my desk reminds me of a Dagwood sandwich, with many different colors and textures and ingredients, each one as important as the next to the overall experience. The only difference is, I don’t eat my comic books. What kind of animal do you take me for?
TOMB OF DRACULA PRESENTS
THRONE OF BLOOD
Cover by Bryan Hitch & Paul Mounts
Like I said, numerous high-profile books this week, but I had to kick off today’s column with one of the unsung heroes. Well, I guess I can’t say it’s an unsung hero seeing as I haven’t read it or anything, but it’s certainly not one of the comics people were talking about. But with cover like this, perhaps they should have!
That is one mean looking samurai vampire! Bryan Hitch and Paul Mounts have created a truly terrifying image, so crisp in its violence. That samurai is clearly saying, "You see all these dead people behind me? Yep, I killed ‘em. And now I’m coming for YOU, meat popsicle!"
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