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Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 4

The Mighty Thor #265: This one is truly an ALL BATTLE ISSUE! We left off with The Destroyer, a suit of indestructible-looking armor, powered by someone’s spirit force, crashing into battle with Thor. We find… [more]

Thor: Ragnarok, or Shakespeare for Schmucks

In a NYT review of Thor: Ragnarok, you can almost hear the writer, Manohla Dargis, desperately turning her notes over and over for something good to say.  The best that she can muster is that… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 3

The Mighty Thor #264: In this issues, Loki sits on the throne because Balder, though left in charge of Asgard, departed to visit Karnilla, Queen of the Norns. The throne was left empty. Now that… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 2

The Mighty Thor #263: The story: all the Asgardians (Thor, Sif, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg), with the Recorder, battle against the Odin-force body, created and controlled by the alien within the spirit mold. All fail,… [more]

Thor ’77-’78: On the Never-Ending Road to Ragnarok, Part 1

The Mighty Thor #262: My favorite Marvel character in August 1978 was The Mighty Thor. What follows is an examination of every issue of his Marvel comic book, from August 1977 to July 1978, issues… [more]

The Coming of Comicgate: Backsides, Batgirl and Ethics in Hammer-Wielding

In my previous post I took a close look at the controversy surrounding the Batgirl #41 variant cover that occurred in March. Now, it’s time to take a look at how that debate fits into… [more]

The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics

Diversity has always been a problem in comics. In the early days, minorities were nigh invisible, and women were usually relegated to romantic interests/damsels in distress. In the modern era, however, DC and Marvel have… [more]

Getting Hammered: A Review of Thor #1

When Marvel announced its latest publishing initiative in the form of All-New Avengers NOW, my response was to shrug my shoulders and stifle a yawn. The plan calls for new versions of Captain America and… [more]

Smorgasbord #3: Sad Goat

For the third episode of Smorgasbord, Shawn and Tom try to to untangle the mess DC made with their recent bad shirt designs, tackle the end of the Kirby lawsuit, and try to be hopeful… [more]

Re-Entering the Garden: Late Mythic Work in Jack Kirby’s Devil Dinosaur

To understand the reverence in which Jack Kirby is held by (much of) the comics culture, one need only look to the title of Mark Evanier’s biography of the artist, Kirby: King of Comics.  Or… [more]

Why Can’t Erica be Thor?

This is Erica. She will be the first to tell you all about the meaning of her name, and how it’s described in various books as the name for a female warrior, with adjectives like… [more]

Capital Thoughts: Captain America #22

Cap, now a shriveled old man, lies in a bed in the Avengers’ Manson.  Banner runs tests on him and reports that there is no trace of the super-soldier serum in his blood.  Tony Stark… [more]

Who is Don Blake?

Thor returns to cinemas this week, in the second installment of an improbably successful film franchise that has made Chris Hemsworth into a worldwide movie star and familiarized millions with the titular norse thunder god.… [more]

Thor’s Early Identity Crisis

Marvel’s introduction of Thor in Journey Into Mystery #83 (published in August 1962) ushered into the world a comic book character that transcended traditional superhero characteristics. Stan Lee, who created Thor, along with his brother… [more]

Thor’s Facelift: Norse Mythology in the Marvel Universe

In 2011, Marvel added the highly anticipated “super-human” alien, Thor, to their cinematic universe, and was largely considered a success. Kenneth Branagh’s direction of the film conjured an old world Shakespearean atmosphere that allowed for… [more]

Colloquium #5: Norse Cosmology — Jason Aaron on Thor: God of Thunder

Markisan interviews Jason Aaron on Thor: God of Thunder. They talk about the three versions of Thor, the deliciousness of Mead, coming up with elf names, Mangog, and why beards are essential for both men and Gods.… [more]

Better off Dead – Ennis and Fabry’s Thor: Vikings

Thor fights Viking Zombies with help of warriors from various eras. That sounds like a great premise for a Rick Remender style Grindhouse action series; and the writer, Garth Ennis, has been doing fine with… [more]

If They Be Worthy, They Shall Possess the Power of Thor!

“Whosever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of…Thor”. These are the words inscribed on the hammer of the Mighty Thor; on the mythological hammer Mjolnir itself. Thor, though himself a… [more]

How “Tales of Asgard” Changed Everything

In Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug 1962), Donald Blake finds a magical walking stick that transforms him into Thor. It’s a rather inauspicious beginning. In that first story, Thor fights stone-skinned aliens, who simply land… [more]

It’s Thor Week on Sequart!

To celebrate this week’s release of Thor: The Dark World, we’ll be running Thor-related posts all week long. This is Sequart’s fourth themed week. Past themed weeks here at Sequart include: Superman Week (beginning Monday,… [more]

I’d Need a Lobotomy to Enjoy Thor: The Dark World

It’s hard to find the words to adequately describe how stupid Thor: The Dark World is. Before I try, a warning: this review contains spoilers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. And in case you’re… [more]

A Smarter World: Hickman’s Avengers #1-3

Judging a long form story based on a small glimmer of it month to month doesn’t make much sense.  You can judge a cake from a slice, but this isn’t cake!  Stories trace trajectories.  … [more]

God is Dead, Long Live God: On Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s Thor

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? … Is not the greatness of this deed too… [more]

Why Thor Soared and the Lantern Failed

Movie theaters in the summer of 2011, like most summers for the past 30-something years, were dominated by films heavy on crowd-pleasing elements, with particular attention to heavy FX content.

The Heroic Struggle of Beta Ray Bill

This is a somewhat informal essay on a character that has fascinated me for a few years, Beta Ray Bill. While it echoes the work of folklorists and the hero narrative (Propp, Campbell, et al),… [more]