Thor #4

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Oliver Copiel Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 14, 2007 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 4
6.8Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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Thor has come back from the void - he's reclaimed Mjolnir and summoned the lightning - and he's rebuilt Asgard from the ground up - literally! But who will populate the home of the gods? The Odinson's search for his fellow deities spans the earthly plane of Midgard... and you won't believe where he finds them!

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 14, 2007

    Don't think that this issue has nothing to do with Thor's ongoing quest, however. By the end of this issue Blake's true reason for traveling to Africa will become clear. The single biggest complaint that can be lodged against Straczynski's Thor so far (other than the perpetually dumpy expression artist Oliver Coipel draws Thow with) is the criminally slow pace. In the context of the series as a whole this issue is still guilty of moving things along slowly, but taken on its own I didn't mind. Straczynski introduces enough new characters and developments this month that I'm hopeful the story will soon be moving onto bigger things. While it's entertaining to see Thor battle it out with hapless militia fighters for a month or two, I'm ready to see him clash hammers with a more suitable enemy. If not Loki, let's at least throw some frost giants in there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 9, 2008

    Coipel continues to deliver great pages. Here, he draws topics and sceneries that he is not used to. His still succeeds in making the pages dynamic and filled with action shots. The African backdrop is lightly suggested but not explored further. This is a great story and a great attempt at redefining Thor. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Nov 20, 2007

    Thor #4 was an above average read, but this title is certainly on a downward trend since issue #2. Of course, if you don't mind a bit of preaching about political issues from a comic book writer then you will certainly enjoy Thor #4 more than I did. However, if you are more like me and are just getting this title to read about a fantasy based storyline with exciting action and adventure then you will probably be disappointed with what JMS gives us with Thor #4. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Nov 14, 2007

    I want to tell you to Avoid It, but I'm definitely in the minority in my dislike of this relaunch. The writing isn't terrible, but it is far too heavy handed and JMS uses Blake and Thor not as characters, but as props in his attempt at being deep and provocative. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Nov 16, 2007

    After a fairly exciting third issue, this fourth installment feels like a return to the slow-moving storytelling that characterized the first couple of issues of the book. I feel as though this new Thor series hasn't taken the time to establish its characters status quo before jumping into the kind of stories that J. Michael Straczynski wants to tell with the book, when stories such as this one might actually have more resonance if readers had more investment in the people involved. Thankfully, the final scene of this issue acknowledges the slow pace of these first four issues, and justifies Thor's reticence to seek out his Asgardian brethren with fairly plausible reasoning. The revelation of three more Asgardians in this issue, combined with Thor's decision to put aside his fears, promises a more focused concentration on Thor's mission from issue #5 onwards. However, I'm growing tired of reading another dull issue of Thor only for its final pages to promise a faster-moving and more in Read Full Review

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