Wins & Fails: Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size Review

11/27/2009

Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size

It's your time to shine, Bill. Be brave, my son!

Story: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencils: Marko Djurdjevic
Inks: Danny Miki

Wins:

  • A lot of events are set into motion in this the finale of JMS’ run on Thor.
  • The issue starts off with a bang as Bill and Balder battle Loki’s loyalists in the frozen tundra of Latveria.
  • The Warriors Three and Sif are attacked by Doombots that are out to kill Donald Blake.
  • There is a hilarious moment between Sif and Volstagg that I won’t ruin, but I will say that the rotund one is quite a fan of his fizeek.
  • Djurdjevic’s art is absolutely perfect for this title, and he delivers in this issue. Lovely stuff. I’ll gladly shell out $3.99 when I’m paying for this kind of art.
  • The final scene of Blake layed-up and staring at his trusty cane was a nice way to finish off JMS’ run.
  • JMS sets the dominos up in proper fashion for Kieron Gillen to knock down in his upcoming run on Thor. The build-up to the showdown between Thor’s men and Loki is reaching its apex. Also, Doom has blood on his hands and will have to deal with Thor and Co. in the coming months as Siege draws near.
  • Finally, a re-printed story that is relevant, interesting, and well worth reading! Oh, and we didn’t have to pay an extra dollar for it.

Fails:

  • This is the last issue of JMS’ epic run on Thor. Kieron Gillen has some rather large, Asgardian boots to fill as he takes over on next week’s issue of Thor.
  • Not only do we lose JMS, but we lose one of the best artists in the business in Marko Djurdjevic. Billy Tan, it’s your turn to take the Pepsi Challenge. Good luck!
  • I’m sure JMS had a lot more to write about, but his run came to an abrupt end, and it’s evident that he didn’t get to finish his tenure how he wanted to. This issue feels a little bit rushed and leaves something to be desired.
  • Marvel has to take the brunt of the blame for JMS’ exit, as they basically said “we’re using Thor in Siege, and it’s just tough luck for you if you don’t agree”.
  • I’m sure there will be a big dip in sales of Thor, especially after Siege. Some will drop it because JMS is no longer writing it, and some will drop it in protest of Marvel’s decision.

Verdict: B-

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