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Subj: Re: New banner! WALT SIMONSON - What was so great about him?
Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 at 09:39:12 am EST (Viewed 204 times)
Reply Subj: New banner! WALT SIMONSON - What was so great about him?
Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 at 03:11:09 pm EST (Viewed 290 times)

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I actually dropped Thor when he took over. I don't like his art nor his stories. What's the appeal?

I know people liked seeing ancient mythic elements like the goat-chariot. I didn't. Goats are silly. I think people liked his costume designs, which I did too. I think his stories were more magical and less scientific, right? Was this a draw?

Walt brought in many of the mythological elements and helped usher in a good Ragnarok story.

But what I also liked was that he shook up and rebuilt THOR's status quo by bringing in someone ELSE that could life the hammer, Beta Ray Bill.

Their initial fight did have THOR at a minor disadvantage with the 60 second time limit or revert to Don Blake weakness still in him.

When ODIN had them duel for the hammer, it was more or less a fair fight, but ODIN did send them to Skartheim (spell check please), a volcanic realm that can kill even the gods. Bill came from a volcanic environment and was more conditioned to the heat. This gave him a subtle edge in the fight and even though they did beat each other senseless, Bill revived first and he did try to save THOR and himself.

Thus Bill won and THOR finally learned the lesson of humility that ODIN had wanted him to learn for so long.

Then to solve the hammer problem, ODIN has Stormbreaker forged and enchanted to be the same as Mjolnir. ODIN did decree that the hammer was now THOR's forever, but he didn't take into account that others could still be worthy, such as Steve Rogers. \:\)

After they saved Bill's people from Surtur's demons, ODIN then transfers the Don Blake enchantments to Bill's hammer, though I think the 60 second time limit was removed and Bill could then revert to his original self and THOR was rid of Don Blake.

At least until all the STUPID retcons that would occur in the future to bring Blake back........ugh.

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