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Witness classic cosmic clashes between the God of Thunder and his evil stepbrother Loki, the Absorbing Man, the Destroyer, and more of his most fearsome foes! Plus: Thor's first journey into the Black Galaxy and a reporter's firsthand account of Asgard! Guest-starring the Avengers and featuring the first appearance of Hercules! Collects Journey Into Mystery #113-125, ThorWitness classic cosmic clashes between the God of Thunder and his evil stepbrother Loki, the Absorbing Man, the Destroyer, and more of his most fearsome foes! Plus: Thor's first journey into the Black Galaxy and a reporter's firsthand account of Asgard! Guest-starring the Avengers and featuring the first appearance of Hercules! Collects Journey Into Mystery #113-125, Thor #126-136 and Annual #1-2....

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Number of Pages : 584 Pages
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Essential Thor, Vol. 2 Reviews

  • Joshua
    2019-02-12 06:37

    Lee and Kirby really hit their stride here. A lot of the early weirdness of Thor (like the indecision of whether he's actually the Asgardian son of Odin or just some semblance of him, or how Thor can't go without his hammer for more than a minute or he turns back into Dr. Donald Blake) is abandoned--even the identity as Donald Blake is ignored for long, long stretches--and the comic lets loose as an epic, superheroic adventure with Shakespearean speech. The best part is issues 125-134, where Thor meets the Greek hero Hercules, they take an instant dislike to each other and fight as rivals, then Thor journeys into the Greek underworld to free Hercules from the machinations of Pluto (yes, they get Greek and Roman names mixed up, but oh well!), then an alien attempts to take over Earth and Thor journeys to a distant system to stop the aliens, he goes into the dreaded Black Galaxy where he meets Ego the Living Planet, and finally returns to Earth to foil the alien takeover. It's non-stop cosmic adventure of the highest imagination and it's amazing.

  • Adam Graham
    2019-02-06 10:49

    Thor becomes a far better book in this collection which collects Issues 113-125 and Annual #1 of Journey into Mystery, and the title this is renamed Thor for Issues 126-136, and Annual 2.Issue 113 has him deciding to give up being Thor but then the return of the Grey Gargoyle changes his mind.The book then enters a very long interconnected storyline running from Issues 114-122 involving he and Loki engaging in, "The Trial of the Gods" and it's aftermath. It really is a very intricate storyline that has one story running through it but a lot of twists and turns along the way including Loki forced to try and save Thor. Journey Into Mystery Annual #1 features a battle between Thor and Hercules when Thor crosses into Olympus. The story is your standard, "two heroes stumble onto each other and fight story," but it helps that it's drawn by Jack Kirby who provides superb art on every page of the book. The Annual also features a map of Asgard with a map pointing to a shopping center. (Yea! Verily.) Hercules begins a return in Issue 124 and is tricked into a deal with Lord Vulcan of the Underworld, battles Thor again, and actually defeats Thor when Odin halves a power because of Thor's continuing love for Jane Foster. Then Thor has to rescue Hercules from the Underworld. This all goes through Issue 130.Issue 131-135 is my favorite part of the book as Lee and Kirby take Thor into space to fight epic space monsters. Reading it, it's the most brilliantly obvious thing that could be done with the character. He's not Spider-man and shouldn't be primarily focused on street level threats. Thor in space is epic and includes the introduction of Ego, the living planet.Issue 136 shows a potential resolution to the Jane Foster plot. It's far more reasonable and sensible than last time Odin dealt with it as Jane given immortality and has to deal with the consequences of it. In addition to the main Thor plot, each issue features a Tale of Asgard. Clearly, Lee and Kirby were enjoying playing around with Norse mythology. This is true in the main Thor titles and also in the Tales of Asgard shorts which Marvelizes a lot of Asgardian legends, most of them center around younger versions of Thor and Loki, playing to the popularity of Loki as a villain (although there is one explaining the "true" version of Little Red Riding Hood.) The stories are often serialized giving them a kind of old style Prince Valiant feel to them. In addition to these serialized stories, Annual #2 is essentially a big tale from Asgard battle which indicates how popular these were.Overall, this book is very good as Lee and Kirby turn Thor into a truly epic and memorable character.

  • Lokke
    2019-02-14 08:47

    My last reaction for this set of comics:Wow Thor. Just... wow. lolThor/Jane and Thor/Sif spoilers ahead.(view spoiler)[So the last comic in this set marked the end of Jane Foster in the set. I don't know if she'll come back, but she looks pretty done. I'm not bothered by this, but I had to laugh at what happened. Odin has continued to be Odin about the Jane/Thor relationship, which means he's been against it, until the end of this book. He finally softened his position to allow Thor and Jane to be together by bringing Jane to Asgard to make her immortal. Which didn't go over so well because Original Jane is a flailing damsel in distress and completely freaked out and failed Odin's test. The test was sort of insane as an introduction to being immortal, but it's Odin and that's how he rolls. Jane is still ridiculous though regardless.Since she failed Odin tossed her back here and wiped her memory and now she's introduced to a dreamy new doctor she can be a nurse for.Then he sent his brooding son off to fight a monster and Thor was like "Sigh. Maybe it will kill me." but then Sif showed up during the fight and renewed his passion for life, they fought the monster, and they walked off into the sunset together. LOL ROMEO, I MEAN THOR, I'M GLAD YOU CAN SO EASILY FORGET THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE ROSALINE I MEAN JANE THE SECOND YOU CLAP YOUR EYES ON JULIET I MEAN SIF. e_eHonestly I was just amused. It was so silly. (hide spoiler)]Things I was excited about in this (besides anything with Loki in general):The introduction of the Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg), the Infinity Stones, the introduction of Hela (Loki's bb!) and the Destroyer armor.I was so happy during the first part of the book because Loki was prominently featured. At about the halfway point though Odin threw Loki into the Void. He appeared a couple of times after this but is still not back at the end of this book. He was still in the Tales of Asgard comics... until Odin threw Loki into suspended animation forever for things he hadn't done yet (obviously not for forever actually, since these comics are from the past). He was still not back in these by the end of this book.Loki is my favorite character. This does not please me.The colonizer aliens were odd, though I could see how they might have influenced the story for the Avengers movie maybe. I thought the Hercules storyline was interesting, though after a while I really wanted to get back to my Norse gods, which we did.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-23 06:46

    This is more consistently fun. It is Jack Kirby throughout and he has come into his own as an artist. The majority of the book is almost one series of stories that don't let up between issues (as in at the end of each issue you are not left with everything wrapped up even if it is moving onto a new story). Far more serialized. Similar to what Kirby was pulling in Fantastic Four. And as for that 'kryptonite' deal of Thor losing his hammer for 60 seconds and reverting to Donald Blake. I began to doubt if it still applied as it was never used through out this entire run if my memory serves correctly. Jane Foster proved to continue to be annoying and I was wondering when Sif would come into the picture, and sure enough, in a single issue suddenly Jane is gone and Sif is in. As much as I wanted to see her go, I felt the way they wrote her off was too backhanded, and Thor's shifting his affections to Sif far too quick considering all of his annoying pining. Oh well, I wanted it to come, I guess I shouldn't complain.The book was also going along smoothly until the aliens from Rigel showed up. But then Ego showed up and then the High Evolutionary and things settled back down by the end.Getting to see a better scope of mid-60s Kirby besides Fantastic Four is a great experience. His imagination and style is just something else. Makes me want to read his Cap stuff... Uh oh.

  • Devero
    2019-01-25 06:42

    Veramente un'ottimo volume, da centellinare. Stan Lee ai suoi massimi come scrittore, e Jack Kirby ai massimi come disegnatore. Non è un caso se tutti gli autori successivi, in un modo o nell'altro, hanno cercato di rifare queste storie riprendendo tematiche e personaggi con sconfinato amore e ammirazione per questi autori.L'unica nota non completamente positiva sono le prime inchiostrazioni: Chic Stone era certamente meglio del primo Vince Colletta, dal tratto ottimo ma forse non del tutto adatto per il RE. Vince parte inchiostrando le 4-5 tavole finali degli albi, le Tales of Asgard, storie di puro fantasy.C'è comunque da dire che col trascorrere dei mesi e con l'avanzare delle storie, anche Vince si porta a livelli molto alti sia nella storia principale sia nell'appendice tanto amata da me giovinetto.

  • Gary
    2019-02-16 02:29

    Classic early Thor comics, featuring a wonderful combination of Jack Kirby's mythic, expressive, and explosive artwork with Stan Lee's appropriately majestic prose. A real treat is the inclusion of the "Tales of Asgard" stories, which were 5-page mini stories at the end of the comic in which Kirby let loose depicting epic stories on an epic scale. This collection also features some of Kirby's earliest collage artwork.

  • Patrick Artazu
    2019-02-10 03:48

    The Every Thor Ever Project, part, uh, 3? I didn't read these issues in this format, since it sucks butt, and they can be mostly found in comics format in reprint -- specifically the 70's title Special Marvel Edition, and then the Hercules stuff in the outsized Marvel Treasury Edition #3. The latter is sort of the ideal way to read these issues; Jack Kirby's art looks amazing blown up to 10"x14".

  • Tara Calaby
    2019-01-26 02:25

    Thor started off quite well in the Journey into Magic comics, but the line went downhill once it was renamed. (Not because of that, obviously, but there was a definite downward incline when it came to quality.) The Thor/Jane story line really didn't help, so it was good to see that done away with right at the end of this period.2.5 stars

  • Holden Attradies
    2019-02-13 09:41

    The volume was a good read, definitely picking up in enjoy-ability during the later half. We get the introduction of a lot of long lived Marvel villains, we get our first "Thor is cosmic" stuff. The comic, for me at least, seemed to shine brightest and be the most fun when Thor was interacting with other parts of the Marvel world, not just doing things in his own little corner.

  • Scott
    2019-02-01 07:48

    Freakin' Awesome. Stan Lee is surpringsly amazing. Worlds of wonder and fantasy are created breathlessly in tandem with Jack Kirby's art and phenomenal line work by Artie Semik. The tales still hold up and are quite realistic in a fantasy setting.

  • Brent
    2019-02-21 04:21

    This volume is where Thor goes from being one of my least favorite of Marvels mighty pantheon to one of the best.

  • Agung
    2019-02-08 08:49

    I'm a sucker for Jack Kirby! I don't think that I ever find a Kirby book that I don't like.

  • Erik
    2019-02-04 02:41

    Typical Lee/Kirby. It looks great and it's full of crazy ideas, but the prose can be a chore to get through.

  • Steven
    2019-02-14 02:41

    left off at The Crimson Hand, about 1/5 of the way in