Review by: JDC
Penciled by CHRIS SAMNEE

Size: 128 pages
Price: 14.99

This was a breath of fresh air. Light-hearted but unrestrained, TMA is good old-fashioned superhero fun in every form. This should be held up as an example of how to do good comics without resorting to moody moping which, although effective, is not always essential.

Despite being chock full of exciting action sequences, this is first and foremost a love story in a very modern sense. Snappy dialogue, genuinely funny comedy pacing, and heartwarming moments between Thor and Jane make this seem like a rare breed of superhero rom-com that’s actually quite good. It is always the quiet scenes with those two starcrossed lovers that provide the best material in this book.

The art has an air of “light and fluffy” to it as well, without being vacuous. The little facial expressions in almost every panel are a hidden comedy treat and effectively so. Thor suspiciously eyeing Jane’s answering machine while brandishing his hammer might be one of my favourite panels of all time. But Samnee can also achieve very dynamic and punchy action panels too, while pulling off a natural flow to characters’ movements and body language.

His clear-cut designs of everyone in this story are also a welcome break from certain overcomplicated variations. And Langridge fearlessly pulls in a few other Marvel characters to make hilariously sitcom-esque guest appearances. Hank and Janet Pym, Mr. Hyde, Loki, the Warriors Three, and even Captain Britain all stop in for a visit.

Again, these cameos are not held down by any worries over continuity or deeper implications. The entire scene with the Warriors Three (my favourite Thor supporting characters ever) and Captain Britain is wonderfully funny in a sort of classic comedy vein; like something out of a Marx Brothers skit. This is something you would sadly never see in a mainstream title.

And I suppose that statement has good and bad connotations. One the one hand, this story lacks any kind of gravitas or significance. But that’s not what it is; that’s not the tone it sets for itself. Thor: The Mighty Avenger is escapism from the weighted and weary world of other superhero tales, without condemning them. Rather, it is the best elements of those tales without anything else surrounding it. It is like a warm fire at the end of a long, cold day. And just in time for Christmas.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. Great, level-headed and thoughtful review. It actually convinces me to buy the collection.

    After hearing so much hype, I bought issue 6 and found it, as you probably did, somewhere between a “3” and a “4”. I liked it okay, but all of the hyperbolic “5/5! Classic!”-talk turned me off. I realize that this is a “different” series, and it’s sad it’s being canceled, but that doesn’t mean it’s automatically perfect.

    Like you said, Thor:TMA just isn’t that deep. And, to be the title it is, it doesn’t need to be. The 5/5 reviews make me question whether those reviewers actually have experience with the character, or (sorry!) if they’ve convinced themselves it’s “perfect” just to go along with the righteous bandwagon. A more rational, fact-oriented review like yours lets me know that it’s okay to think that Thor:TMA is “just” pretty “good”, not “excellent”, and I can still be a fan of the series.

  2. @froggulper  I rate it as a 5 because it excels at what it attempts to do. 

  3. Definitely a great review.

    There is a lot of truth in the review and comments.

    I don’t have much of a problem with someone giving it a 5, but I do have a problem with cats claiming it is much beyond a perfectly fun story.

    I’d probably rate it a 4 overall.

  4. I think it’s a matter of taste. Paul’s right, in that it does excel at what it is, it just depends on how much you like those kind of stories.

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