Wow… when it’s looking like every major Marvel character is getting more than one title, you know times are good. Seriously, Wolverine, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America and, now… Thor? That’s right, Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee are behind THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER, a new series starting in July.
The description of the series sounds a bit like the Kurt Busiek/ Pat Olliffe UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN series from the 90s, but with less of a hard continuity framework. The premise of this series is to show Thor’s early years as a superhero in modern day New York. Langridge says that, in addition to ol’ goldilocks’ usual cadre of gods, demons and giants, the series will also see him running around with the original Avengers line-up (why, the preview art on Marvel’s site shows sketches of Iron Man in his golden Mark II suit). Also, nurse Jane Foster will, once again, be the center of Thor’s life.
Given the timing of this, I’m sure that THE MIGHTY AVENGER’s inception is meant to coincidence with the fun and sun that HEROIC AGE is intended to embody (Langridge even says as much). I think it’s also meant to provide a more accessible monthly comic to any new fans won over by the movie next year; something more reflective of his situation on film without necessarily going Ultimate (so to speak). It’s interesting to note the parallels this sub-titling has to the CAPTAIN AMERICA movie’s “FIRST AVENGER” tagline; that is, to clearly brand this as a title directly associated with the Avengers.
Anyway… enough of my stabs in the dark, my fumbling in the mist, oh sure-seeing Comic Vine community. What do you think of this new title?