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Subj: Brilliant, brilliant run on Thor, doubt we'll ever see things that good again...
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 09:27:25 am EDT (Viewed 176 times)
Reply Subj: The Dan Jurgens Thor Run, What Did You Guys Think Of It? How Would You Rate It?
Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 at 09:07:16 pm EDT (Viewed 229 times)
Quote:I used to buy this when it was coming out (Back then, comics were cheaper. Boy, I miss those days.), and I thought that the first year or so (Heroes Return.) with John Romita Jr was really good. That Destroyer arc was the best, as I really did not know about the character before then, and that made me really dig him. After that, there was some good stuff, but it started to lose steam. I think that Jurgens should have left a lot earlier (Say, after the death of Odin.). Overall, I think that Jurgens was underlooked, and I would classify the Dark Gods storyline as a classic. If just for the first year, I would give him either a B or a B +, overall I would give him a C or a C-.
The first two years of the run were as good as anything on the comic other than Walt's first two years.
Awesome stories, totally embraced what made the character great, introduced some great new villains, pacing was fantastic, JRjr's art was bold and beefy (perfect for Thor).
Years 3-4 were good but not as great as the first two years. I think starting the Desak threat in an annual was a mistake and the build-up took too long and too much of it was 'off-screen'. Gladiator and Zarrko working together was cool though. Thor Girl was fun. The demise of Odin at the hands of Surtur felt a bit too 'homage' though, although the silent issue was fantastic.
The final two years were okay. We got the resolution of the Desak build-up and a brief reappearance of Perrikus, but of course we had the whole Reigning storyline. While philosophically very interesting indeed, I think the slower pacing of that story, its lack of action and that it indirectly cast Thor in a shady light ultimately hurt it. Plus it just went on too long without Classic Thor (take note Jason Aaron).
Dan has commented that the Reigning was initially meant to be a mini-series and personally that would have probably been better. What they could have done was just have a divergent story line and then double-shipped Thor for a year. So say have Issue #60 A and Issue #60 B with 'B' being the divergent Reigning storyline.
Great run though and I do not foresee anyone having anywhere near as good a run as that in the current climate.
First 2 years = A+
Years 3-4 = B+
Years 5-6 = C+
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