This week, the Comic Vine crowd was asked to reflect on two of Jason Aaron's popular Marvel runs: WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN and THOR: GOD OF THUNDER. While Aaron's time with James Howlett and the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning had a very unique vibe to it, the community made one thing crystal clear: they absolutely love THOR: GOD OF THUNDER. Tis a mighty victory for Thor! Sorry, I'll leave the Thor dialogue to Aaron from now on.
The Son of Odin's latest volume received 69% of the votes. Wolverine's series earned 22% and 9% shamefully admitted they have read either ongoing. Well, we at least hope this week has inspired some of you to check out one -- or both -- of these titles. That is the point of this segment, after all: to give praise to comics we appreciate!
The support for Thor's latest volume is most definitely well-earned. The book is consistently thrilling and grand in scope. But it's not all high stakes and lightning blasts. Aaron does a tremendous job instilling so much charm and wonder into these issues and, even if you're not a "Thor fan," odds are you'll wind up totally glued to this book. The current tale is a blast and then there's the first story with Gorr. Man, you simply have to read it! Calling it "epic" doesn't quite do it proper justice. Anyway, let's see what some Comic Viners had to say about this week's match.
"Thor: God of Thunder has been my favorite book period since it started. For me it's the ultimate Thor story so far because Aaron totally gets what the Thunderer is all about. It's epic, tragic, heroic and just plain beautiful, especially when Esad Ribic draws it.
The X-Men are my favorite Comic book team and I've read X-books for the last 15 years. I liked Wolverine and the X-Men, the art was great most of the time and I love the new Jean Grey school with ice tower, Krakoa and Bamfs, but the story just didn't work for me sometimes. I didn't like the Hellfire storyline and I think the potential of some characters was wasted.
So, I voted for Thor: God of Thunder."
"I've read both, and let me say that Thor basically wipes Wolverine off the map, hell i'd say that Jason Aaron's other wolverine titles were far better than WATMX. With Thor, Jason aaron really combines everything one can really love the thunderer. It's not just the scale the people like, but everything from Thor's unyielding dedication to Midgard to his more fun and childish nature has been nailed perfectly. Plus Aaron managed to do something I personally consider very difficult; He basically wrote 3 Thors simultaneously while making each of them somehow similar yet also different in many wise. Jason Aaron has also created interesting and cool villains, albite slightly generic/cliche.
And What about Esad Ribic's art? Honestly, if the writing wasn't any good I'd recommend people just to pick the issues up for the artwork alone and nothing else. It's that good. Plus it fits Thor, or the Norse mythology tone and atmosphere perfectly. In short, Thor is a complete package. Wolverine and the X-men on the other hand, while initially fun, severely dropped in quality as time passed, to the point where I couldn't really bare reading it anymore."
"God of Thunder, without hesitation. The God-Butcher arc in particular was one of my favorite stories from last year. The title is definitely one of Marvel's best books. I still highly anticipate it month to month. I'm loving the current arc with contemporary Thor vs Roxxon and old Thor vs Galactus."
Prepare your eyes for a new teaser! Can you identify the two covers for next week's match-up? Do you truly believe in your guessing abilities? Well, go on... have at it! Get it right and we'll give you some love in Monday's article. You should also give yourself a pat on the back if you're the first one to get it correct. Seriously, you've earned it.
Be sure to check the homepage on Monday to vote in the next edition of Favorite Comic Runs. Also, do you want to suggest a writer and two of their stories for the segment? Go ahead and tell us below or send it via Twitter. Don't be shy, we welcome the input. Have a good weekend, everyone!