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Favorite Comic Runs RESULTS: Jason Aaron's THOR: GOD OF THUNDER vs. WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN

The God of Thunder or the God of Slashy Slashy? Come see which book the community sided with and why! Also, there's a teaser for next week's match! Get in here and get your guess on!

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.

Lykida

"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."

TheAcidSkull

"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."

SlamAdams

"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!

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Posted by Ultron345

In the process of reading God of Thunder. Masterpiece. Nuff said.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

I may just check out Thor after reading this. I am one of the "not Thor fans" you spoke of, and have never been into his tales. If this really is as good as it's being purported, then I should at least enjoy it.

Posted by k4tzm4n

I may just check out Thor after reading this. I am one of the "not Thor fans" you spoke of, and have never been into his tales. If this really is as good as it's being purported, then I should at least enjoy it.

I've never considered myself a "Thor fan" either, yet this is without question one of my favorite books by Marvel. Hell, by any company, really.

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Posted by GraniteSoldier

@k4tzm4n said:

@granitesoldier said:

I may just check out Thor after reading this. I am one of the "not Thor fans" you spoke of, and have never been into his tales. If this really is as good as it's being purported, then I should at least enjoy it.

I've never considered myself a "Thor fan" either, yet this is without question one of my favorite books by Marvel. Hell, by any company, really.

Is Gorr available in TPB do you know?

Posted by dondave
Posted by k4tzm4n

@granitesoldier: Vol 1: http://www.amazon.com/Thor-God-of-Thunder/dp/1846535336/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1398460599

Vol 2 (aka part 2): http://www.amazon.com/Thor-Thunder-Godbomb-Jason-Aaron/dp/0785168435/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398460609&sr=8-1&keywords=thor+god+of+thunder+vol+2

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Posted by Cuboid

I'm one of the "not Thor fans" who has started to really like the character because of Aaron's work on this series. The Gorr storyline was amazing, I wasn't as big a fan of the Malekith arc, though the one-off issues mixed in there were pretty good, and this new arc has been solid so far.

And I agree with most of the sentiments expressed about WatXM in the article - it was all right - I think some of the characters had good potential that was never properly executed, and there were a few blunders along the way, but it wasn't horrible. However, it's not even close to God of Thunder, but I think that's more about how good God of Thunder is than how bad WatXM was.

Really love Aaron's writing though and would highly recommend everyone to check out Scalped.

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

Stan Lee's Spider Man vs X Men.

Posted by Billy Batson

Stan Lee's Spider Man vs X Men.

Ding ding.

Who even likes his X-Men?
BB

Edited by Dernman

I missed the vote but I would have voted for Thor.

Posted by laabitres

god of thunder had better story and better art, wolverine vs x-men didnt get really good till post avx

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@billy_batson: I'm sure some people like his X men.. I am not one of them though. A better pick would of been his Fantastic Four.

Edited by Experio

Reasonable result

Posted by imredjimmy

TGoF totally deserved to win. It has it been awesome since the very beginning. I only read the hardcovers but I cannot wait for the 4th volume to be out.

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@dagmar_merrill said:

Stan Lee's Spider Man vs X Men.

Ding ding.

Who even likes his X-Men?
BB

What was wrong with his xmen

Posted by k4tzm4n

TGoF totally deserved to win. It has it been awesome since the very beginning. I only read the hardcovers but I cannot wait for the 4th volume to be out.

Word on the internet is the 3rd volume has a pretty cool quote on the cover :D

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Edited by thewalkingdeadpool18

@dagmar_merrill: I see fire are we sure it's not FF? Could be Human Torch.

I hated Thor for awhile thought he was a super boring character and even with liking Thor and liking Thor 2 at first (now i kind of hate Thor 2) i still thought they were good for the character who wasn't that good of a character.....then Thor:God of Thunder happened.....Thor is awesome. Really really want them to get him right in Thor 3. No more annoying him being an idiot crap and no more of that terrible human sidecast. Just Thor and the asgardians. The only character they get right in those movies (since only Thor and Loki have any character devolpment at all) is Loki. They did ok with Thor but do a better job in Thor 3 because he is awesome and give him a good villian Malekith could win an award for worst villian in a comic book movie.

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Posted by Onemoreposter

People on this site really seemed to hate Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men.

Personally I loved it. I thought it was a light, fun, and exciting series.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@k4tzm4n:

The God of Thunder of the God of Slashy Slashy?

Did you mean or?

Posted by the_kza

Thor: God of Thunder #12 got snubbed for Best Single/One shot

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Posted by Spideysense44

Thor has some nice art that fits the tone and story

Edited by manwithoutshame

Good points made all around. I myself have every issue of God of Thunder sitting on a shelf near this very desk. Aaron/Ribic on Thor is perhaps the best continuing Marvel book at this point.

Posted by Billy Batson

@billy_batson: I'm sure some people like his X men.. I am not one of them though. A better pick would of been his Fantastic Four.

It's considered one of his and Jack's weakest work at the time and I agree.

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Posted by CheeseSticks

22% of the viners who voted were wrong.

Posted by adamTRMM

What was wrong with his xmen

That's not the right question:

What isn't wrong with his xmen

Much better now.

Anyway, I fail to understand how his X-men happened to be so completely terrible, while his work on Thor is more than impressive.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

Thor is awesome WaTXM is good plain and simple.

Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

@cheesesticks: LOL no Thor is better.

@dagmar_merrill:

I was kinda of right then. Still isn't the first issue of Spider-Man he wrote just Spider-Man? Not a Spider-Man and FF crossover.

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Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

@dagmar_merrill:

I think that was Spider-Mans first appearence. That was Stan right? So why not do that vs X-Men? Why do a crossover vs X-Men.

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Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

@dagmar_merrill:

eh, whatever most of the votes will probbably go to haven't read anyway sicne alot of people have a limit of when a comic comes out where they will start reading because old old comics are written so silly.

Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

I should get back into Thor. I think I will now that i have the space.

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Posted by tximinoman

I read only Wolverine & the X-Men and it was pretty bad. It had really cool ideas, and it's always good to see a book focused in (sort of) new characters rather than in the same seven or eight mutants the rest of the books are focused in, but most of the time was dumb and childish.

I hate the new school. It's Hogwarts for mutants and as the wizard school was, it's just a pretty stupid concept to begin with (both Hogwarts and Jean Grey School are way too dangerous for any kid to study or live there)