Comic Review: Thor Annual #1

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“Three stories featuring three Thors! Wrestling superstar CM Punk and Rob Guillory on Young Thor’s idea for how to prove himself worthy of Mjolnir: a drinking competition! Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage tell a tale of the new Thor! And Jason Aaron on the Girls of Thunder’s quest to find the perfect birthday present for their grandfather, King Thor! How about a new Garden of Eden?”

King Thor by Jason Aaron (writer) and Timothy Truman (artist)

“The God of Thunder of the Far Future. He rules Asgard and has three granddaughters – Frigg, Ellisive, and Atli – known as the Girls of Thunder. Together, they recently helped bring life back to earth after it had been dead and barren for quite some time.”

This Thor is the All Father and is presiding over the death of the last of the elves at the end of time. This Thor is skinnier, lithe, but no less imposing. Midgard has become his garden, void of people and most animal life. It seems that he’s trying to regrow Earth, but isn’t meeting with much success. His granddaughters watch over him from a distance, worried about what the future holds. His birthday is next week, and they decide to get him the best birthday gift ever. The art in this one is very dark and detailed, and I enjoyed the story. I wonder if we’ll ever get to see more of All Father Thor and his granddaughters?

Thor by Noelle Stevenson (writer) and Marguerite Sauvage (artist)

“The Goddess of Thunder of the present. Recently, after Thor found himself suddenly unworthy to lift Mjolnir, a mysterious woman was able to life the enchanted hammer, becoming the new Thor! Her true identity remains a secret to all.”

In contrast to the last story, this one is SUPER bright and filled with pastel colors. This one features not only The Goddess of Thunder, but also Hogun, Volstagg, and Fandral. Everyone’s drinking at a bar called Odin’s Fav (heh), and picking on her, contesting her status as Thor. Even the Warriors Three have doubts, asking her to prove her worthiness. She’s annoyed, but also doesn’t mind showing off, so she takes them up on their challenge. This story was cute, and made me wonder if we’ll see the Warriors Three and the Goddess working together in future books of the current series.

Young Thor by CM Punk (writer) and Rob Guillory (artist) 

“The God of Thunder of the distant past. This Thor is not yet worthy to wield Mjolnir. He is worshipped by vikings and beloved by his fellow Asgardians, but is best known for his mead-fueled escapades.”

I really liked the art style of this one. It reminded me of a Saturday morning cartoon; it’s very colorful and a little silly. All three stories are done very differently, style-wise, which was really cool. Loki makes an appearance here too! Thor and his compatriots are celebrating at Ye Olde Tavern when Mephisto shows up, having traveled back in time to take Thor down while he’s young and weak. Unfortunately, Thor has had a LOT of mead tonight, beating everyone around him in a drinking contest (including Hercules!). Mephisto challenges Thor to a drinking contest at the urging of Loki, and things get really silly.

I’ve never read an annual before, but really enjoyed the vignettes here! It’s a nice way to pass the time while you wait for Thor #6.

Written by: Jason Aaron, Noelle Stevenson, CM Punk
Art by: Rob Guillory, Marguerite Sauvage, Timothy Truman
Cover by: Rafael Albuquerque
Page Count: 32
Age Rating12+
Get it at Comixology, Marvel, or your local comic shop.

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