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Poll: Favorite Comic Runs VOTING: Jason Aaron's THOR: GOD OF THUNDER vs. WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN (225 votes)

Thor: God of Thunder 70%
Wolverine and the X-Men 22%
Unfortunately, I haven't read either. Shame on me. 8%

Welcome to the Favorite Comic Runs' spotlight, Jason Aaron!

The writer has quite a body of work with Marvel, but this week, we want to give praise to two of his most popular (and recent) works: WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN and THOR: GOD OF THUNDER. The X-Men story followed the aftermath of SCHISM -- another storyline Aaron wrote -- and ran for over 40 issues. This run saw the creation of a new school for new mutants, a brand new Hellfire Club, and, of course, focused on Wolverine as the school's headmaster and its students. Aaron's spent roughly half as many issues with the son of Odin, but during that time, he's dished out some massive stories that involve a character seeking to destroy all Gods, Malekith's rise to power, and now the fate of Midgard. Both series' have their own strengths, but if you had to pick one, which would it be and why?

As always, voting will remain open until Friday morning (ET). If you haven't given either a shot, this should give you more than enough time to pick up a trade or two and make up your mind. Additionally, we encourage you to speak up after you cast your vote. Why bother, you ask? Because we'll include two exceptional posts in the results article (which is posted on Friday). One will be selected for each story, so don't forget to elaborate after picking one!

Last but not least, everyone say "you're the best around" to the Comic Viner The_Tree. Why bother giving this person your blind praise? Because The_Tree was the very first person to guess this week's match-up based on the small teaser we provided in Friday's article. Well done, The_Tree!

Check the homepage on Friday to see which story won and why. In the meantime, feel free to make future match-up suggestions in the comments below or via Twitter.

#1 Edited by Experio (15940 posts) - - Show Bio

God of Thunder

#2 Posted by SmashBrawler (5731 posts) - - Show Bio

I would've voted for Scalped. Oh well, God of Thunder it is then.

@the_tree You're the best around!

#3 Edited by Wolverine08 (42167 posts) - - Show Bio

#4 Posted by Spideysense44 (3456 posts) - - Show Bio

God of Thunder

#5 Posted by Saren (25672 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh God, WATX was awful. Every single issue featuring the new Hellfire Club deserved to be set on fire.

#6 Edited by Lvenger (19851 posts) - - Show Bio

YOU're voting for Thor over his X-Men run? Gotta say I'm surprised. I bet you wouldn't have done it if it was his Wolverine run being compared to this? :P

It's the same for me too. Absolutely no contest between whether Thor GOT is better than Wolverine & The X-Men. Admittedly, I don't like The X-Men as a genre or in their own corner of the Marvel Universe. Nor am I a fan of how the stories are going, their direction or how well they've been selling. Aaron's X-Men run has been OK at best. In contrast, his current Thor run is easily one of the best books Marvel has going for them as well as one of the best Thor runs to date. There's excellent writing, superb characterisation, a great understanding of the mythology and world building involved with Thor's corner of the Marvel Universe, epic action and a compelling narrative. Plus gorgeous art by Esad Ribic to boot. What's not to love about his Thor run? Well The Accursed wasn't the best but it ended well so there's that.

#7 Edited by micahparadise (490 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved Chris Bachalos art and the feel he brought to the WATX series but it was too unbelievable for the new hellfire to be rich kids! This book would have been great if WATX was supposed to be a funny, kids book meant only for jokes. God of Thunder has my vote!!!

#8 Posted by QueenCorp15 (1034 posts) - - Show Bio

Not even a contest, THOR ftw

#9 Posted by Perethorn (3397 posts) - - Show Bio

GoT God Stomps.

#10 Posted by Wolverine08 (42167 posts) - - Show Bio

@lvenger: Haha, yeah. Unfortunately, I did have to go with God of Thunder here. Jason Aaron is one of my favorite writers, and often one of the bright spots among X-Men related stories nowadays, but his Wolverine and the X-Men run isn't his best work frankly. His other X related stuff like his Wolverine run are much better, and something that I would recommend.

#11 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2236 posts) - - Show Bio

Are you kidding us? Wolverine and the X-Men was good; but Thor: God of Thunder is on a whole other level; the two aren't even in the same class.

#12 Edited by Wolverine08 (42167 posts) - - Show Bio

Even though Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men run is mediocre, I still have to give him credit for giving Wolverine this feat:

Stay in school kids!

#13 Posted by SlamAdams (300 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#14 Posted by CRTrobinson (272 posts) - - Show Bio

Huge Wolverine fan but if anyone picks the X-Men run over the Thor run they didn't read the Thor run. Absolutely awesome to read.

#15 Posted by Jphu8414 (3719 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine and The X-Men was alright, I wasn't huge on alot of the X-books post-Schism and pre-AVX but Jason Aaron's run on it was one of the better ones.

That being said however, Thor: God of Thunder was amazing and surpases it on nearly every level, probably my favorite of Jason Aaron's works, thus it gets my vote without much of any hesitation.

#16 Posted by ShadowSwordmaster (14376 posts) - - Show Bio

Thor:God of Thunder for me personally.

#17 Edited by Billy Batson (58021 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Posted by Wardishy (703 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree with the majority opinion on this one - I enjoyed Wolverine and the X-Men a lot, but Thor: God of Thunder is truly excellent.

#19 Posted by iaconpoint (1363 posts) - - Show Bio

I canna stand tha x- men captain, therefore I canna vote fer them. Plus I'm legitimately loving God of Thunder.

#20 Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo (368 posts) - - Show Bio

Thor, even if Wolverine and the X-Men is among my absolute favorite X-Men runs! Both are really awesome, but Thor God of Thunder is simply one of the best books I have ever read.

#21 Posted by CheeseSticks (2465 posts) - - Show Bio

Thor stomps. As a huge X-Men fan, Wolverine and the X-Men run by Aaron was one of the worst X-Men run i've ever read.

#23 Posted by GraniteSoldier (7733 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm one of the shameful "haven't read either" types. When I think Aaron the first thing that comes to mind is his Hulk run, which was unique but I found it pretty bad.

#24 Edited by greenlucario (227 posts) - - Show Bio

God of Thunder, no contest. Never liked Thor, but God of Thunder changed that.

#25 Posted by CrashBang (120 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm surprised by the negativity towards WATX! I loved every issue of his series and it was what really made me love him as a writer. That being said, I still do prefer Thor. It's consistently fantastic!

#26 Posted by MasterBelmont (363 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely GoT. Only read the first arc, but it was dang good. Even if I had read WatX, I'd still probably vote against it because I don't like X-Men (as in I don't like the concept and themes. I do like some of the characters).

#27 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18032 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#28 Posted by Bezza (3635 posts) - - Show Bio

oops, think I need to change my vote, I thought this was Thor vs his Wolverine run. I haven't read Wolverine and the X Men.

#29 Posted by tensor (4317 posts) - - Show Bio

Both are good.I like wolverine story better than thor.Thor had some pretty good fight scenes in it.

#30 Posted by powerplay (110 posts) - - Show Bio

I really like both series. If this was just God Butcher + Bomb vs & X-men it would be Thor no contest.

But once Gor was out of the picture, GoT was much weaker, still great, but weaker. Especially the Maleketh stuff. It does not hold a candle to what came before. Meanwhile, Wolverine and the X-men has been consistently fun throughout Aaron's run. It is the dose of levity that the X-books have lacked since Nightcrawler died. Also Broo is one of my favorite characters period thanks to that series.

So overall, very tough call for me.

#31 Posted by BritishMonkey (324 posts) - - Show Bio


#32 Posted by TDK_1997 (14891 posts) - - Show Bio

This ain't even a contest.WATX has been mostly garbage throughout it;s career while Thor has been Marvel's best title for a while now.This is my second favorite Thor run ever.

#33 Posted by JakeN7 (12317 posts) - - Show Bio



#34 Edited by clayscarface (116 posts) - - Show Bio

First one of these that I've actually read at least some of both, so it's the hardest vote I've had to cast for these. Unfortunately, I'm way behind on the Thor run, so even though what I HAVE read was outstanding, I just know more about the Wolverine series. Still, both are fantastic.

#35 Posted by Luismah (5 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a Wolverine Fan, but "God of Thunder" is just awesome, by far better than WATX

#36 Posted by spidermonkey2099 (615 posts) - - Show Bio

First one where I don't really have an opinion. Not a huge fan of the writer. To be fair, I've not read any of his Thor comics, but the X-Men/Wolverine comics of his that I've read just seem really cheesy to me. Just not my cup of tea I guess.

#37 Posted by Timotheus316 (145 posts) - - Show Bio

Ribic is the real winner here. Love Wolverine. My favorite comic character but Aaron's Thor story was epic. Like I said, Ribic is the real winner here. His art made this story for me. So yeah, Aaron's Thor will knock this one out of the park. Wolvie and the X-Men was a fun ride and I read it first but Thor kept me glued to turning them pages.

#38 Posted by Kerrigan (234 posts) - - Show Bio

God of Thunder is outstanding, W+X I found frequently unreadable. Not much contest.

#39 Posted by Ducey13 (30 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine and the X-Men was one of my favorite books at Marvel the last few years. It gets my vote. Thor was been good too though. I think Marvel should consider using the GOD BUTCHER arc as the story line in THOR 3. Kind of like how they adapted EXTREMIS for Iron Man 3 and THE WINTER SOLDIER for Captain America 2. Hell, THOR 2 would have been better had Marvel just used ACCURSED. (Or read any Malekith story for that matter)

#40 Posted by God_Spawn (37875 posts) - - Show Bio
@ducey13 said:

Wolverine and the X-Men was one of my favorite books at Marvel the last few years. It gets my vote. Thor was been good too though. I think Marvel should consider using the GOD BUTCHER arc as the story line in THOR 3. Kind of like how they adapted EXTREMIS for Iron Man 3 and THE WINTER SOLDIER for Captain America 2. Hell, THOR 2 would have been better had Marvel just used ACCURSED. (Or read any Malekith story for that matter)

How can they use an arc that started 2 months before the movie came out?

#41 Posted by Billy Batson (58021 posts) - - Show Bio
#42 Posted by God_Spawn (37875 posts) - - Show Bio

@billy_batson: He said they should have used the Accursed arc for Thor 2, which came out in September of last year since it used Malekith. So about 2 months before the movie came out >:P.

#43 Edited by Lykida (183 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#44 Posted by nappystr8 (1105 posts) - - Show Bio

I went with Thor. I hated the second arc, and the Godkiller story went on a bit too long, but Aaron is doing some very interesting stuff there. I really wasn't a fan of the comical vibe on Wolvie and the X-Men. Also didn't care for the art during the issues that I read. I think my favorite Marvel work from Aaron might be his Incredible Hulk run.

#45 Posted by RustyRoy (12670 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't read either