Best Comics in March Part 1: Spider-Man and Thor Are Better Than Ever

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Thor Annual I think it's safe to say that the shake-ups in the world of Thor have been extremely good for the God/Goddess of Thunder. The persistent mystery of Thor's current female incarnation's mortal identity and the quest of the Odin son to find out why he has suddenly become unworthy make for gripping stuff. I miss the latte jokes, but badass feminist hammer chick has been more than worth the trade-off.

The annual has three Thor stories that each look at a past, present and future version of Thor. Jason Aaron pictures Thor as the King of Asgard far into the future, long after the Earth itself has become devoid of life. Burdened by centuries Thor toils endlessly to try and bring his adopted home back to life, and is aided by his trio of granddaughters who consult ancient Bibles and magic books to help him. It's a sad story with an awesome payoff that proves Aaron remains a storytelling genius.

In the present Thor tries to make friends in Asgard and goes on a series of adventures with the Warriors Three. It's set as another stark contrast to the different approach she brings to the character and a celebration of what it truly means to be Thor at all. The last story was written by wrestler CM Punk of all people, and follows a drinking contest between Thor and Mephisto long before Thor was found worthy to wield Mjolnir. The debauched, hilarious yarn puts a nice exclamation point for the whole collection, and if you've been hesitant to give Thor a chance nothing will give you a better presentation.

Rating: 8 of 10

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