Sometimes, I really like Thor. Not often, and usually not for very long, but there are times when I think he's a really cool character. Sometimes it's the concept I like, sometimes it's the powers (mainly the hammer), and sometimes it's the character himself. I liked Thor a lot when the Ultimates was first starting and in his miniseries in that universe, and I also liked him a bunch in his movie. There have been others, but those jump out at me as the biggest stretches of time that I liked the character. I think another one is coming on though, and this one might stick. I say it might stick because it's not just one version of him I'm liking. I seem to be liking him across the board and it's in the main universe of Marvel comics, so it's the main representation of him instead of movies and alternate realities like before. There are three main sources for this new-found appreciation. The biggest of the three is Jason Aaron's work in the ongoing. It's given me every excuse to like Thor. Even if the character(s?) itself wasn't interesting, and he is, the art is beautiful, the story is intriguing, and the storytelling itself is remarkable. But the character wasn't to be outdone by his comic. Thor felt real in ways I don't often feel he does. There's something about how he was presented that really felt like the idea of a norse god was finally coming off the page. I don't want to say he was relatable (not that he might not be to some people, it's just not quite the right word for me), but he was definitely understandable. When I was reading Thor I felt like I was finally "getting it", that the warrior god was more than a concept, but actually this guy I was reading about. He also felt real in that he was very down to Earth. Not like in the sense that he was like a human or in any way practical, but like a god came down to Earth. That was played differently at different times, sometimes he was a being of immense power, casually doing things well beyond what a normal person could, and other times it was more like a king choosing to sit with his people and not stand over them. I think it says something that some of my favorite scenes are Thor drinking or going to battle alongside the men that worship him. Also that the first two sets of images I'm posting include Thor and alcohol, and it's present in the story of the third set even though it's not posted.
Then there's how he's coming across in Hickman's Avengers. Though he was a background character in issue 4, he stood out and gave me the same feelings being generated over in his ongoing. Thor was a god, there was no mistaking that, but somehow he can come off as just a guy too. I almost want to call him Thor Swanson.
Then when I was catching up on Punisher War Zone, after hearing about it on iFanboy and thinking it would be something I might like (despite me not liking Punisher much) I got the same feeling from that representation of him too. This one first struck me with the power of the character. The art, while not beautiful in the way of Thor's ongoing, conveyed power in a way that was just perfect. Thor is always lit up and just exuding power (I know I keep saying "power" but that's just how it was coming across to me, the art was practically screaming that with every panel).
Throughout these 3 depictions Thor is presented as a god (I couldn't even bring myself to just write "character" there) who knows he's a god and who everyone else recognizes as one too. He's quite literally a force of nature and he never stops being larger than life. And at the same time he's the kind of god you'd want to drink with, party with, start a fight with (alongside him, obviously), and then after all that, chill out and hear stories from about his even wilder experiences. I can get behind this Thor.