Thor: Worthy Origins
By: Lilah Sturges (Text), Jason Aaron (Text), Pepe Larrazz (Illustrations), Esad Ribic (Illustrations)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Among the lofty spires of Asgard, Young Thor is the strongest, brashest and most arrogant god of all. But his giant-slashing, troll-smashing days come to an abrupt end when he’s tricked by his jealous brother Loki into a foolish attack. Cast down to Earth into the crippled mortal form of Dr. Donald Blake, follow the Thunder God’s journey of self-discovery and a mortal man’s awakening to the power within. Revisit the fantastical origin of the Son of Odin in this new graphic novel, which thrusts the tale of Thor into the modern age with thunderous results! In this epic saga of towering Frost Giants, belching maidens and massive battles, one hero must decide which identity is truly his – before both of the worlds he loves are destroyed!
BONUS CONTENT: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER 1
I picked this volume up on a whim, actually, but Thor is one of my favourite Marvel superheroes so I figured I can’t go wrong in reading this 😛
I thought this was an interesting collection. I’m not familar as to where the story has been going since Jason Aaron’s God of Thunder run but I thought this approach to the Marvel!Thor story was quite an interesting one. The premise of who Thor is, his relationship with Loki and with Odin, how he ended up on Earth, the tricky issue regarding his human counterpart Donald Blake…It’s familiar but it’s told in a way that’s updated for our contemporary times, if that makes any sense. I thought the way the element of Donald Blake was handled especially well; in latter times that element of Thor’s story has been difficult to handle–how to explain Donald Blake? How much is he aware of Thor’s side? etc.–and I think what really left an impression with me with this take on Thor’s story is just that acknowledgement of this conundrum, that existential questioning that Donald Blake undergoes. I really appreciated that.
There’s a lot of time jumps as the story covers a lot of ground–maybe a little too quick on the transitions but all in all I enjoyed the story. The addition of Jason Aaron’s first chapter of Thor: God of Thunder seems a bit of a cheat to add at the end of this volume–especially as I enjoyed that story run–but the more Thor, the merrier, right? 😛