Yes, I know I'm going to sound like a total Fanboy, but who gives a swingin' hammer?! After many years (since 1999 after J.M.DeMatteis left THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) I found myself reading two super-hero books again. One was Geoff Johns run on GREEN LANTERN and the other was Strazcynski's (sp?) THOR!
I am a big Thor fan but I am very selective about who writes his book. Simonson and Kirby (couldn't resist the "in" joke) are the only ones that did Thor justice (although Roy Thomas' Wagnerian Celestial Saga gets a stong honorable mention) but virtually everything else "didn't count" in my eyes.
In between these illustrious peaks I witnessed abominable insults levied against our Golden Gladiator:
1. Both Rob Liefeld (?!?) and Erik Larsen allowed Thor to be punched out by the Hulk...
2. Kurt Busiek had Superman wipe the floor up with him...(Superman caught Mjolnir in his palm. WHAT THE CRAP?! His hammer is magical... Superman should have broken every bone in his hand!)
3. In the otherwise wonderful HULK VERSUS...THOR video, the screenwriter commented that the Hulk won because he just plain didn't like Thor. That was simply outrageous! Yes, Jack Kirby once commented that he felt the Hulk's strength was virtually unlimited, however, Stan Lee always operated under the "rule" that anyone can beat anyone on any occasion. The bottom line is that although the Hulk "might" be stronger than Thor, Thor was a god and it isn't a given that the Hulk could survive one of Mjolnir's multi-gigawatt lightning bolts. Remember, Thor once defeated Galactus single handed, for Odin's sake!!?
So my question is why isn't Marvel executing some story control in regards to Thor or do they simply not give a crap about him? Do they just want to hold onto the copyright and could care less, otherwise? Does Marvel hate Thor?