Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson, Vol. 1 eBook ☆


Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson, Vol. 1 ✹ [BOOKS] ✭ Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson, Vol. 1 By Walter Simonson ❃ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It was a time of magic Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has His work on the Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen a It was Walter Simonson, PDF Î a time of magic Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has His work on the Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen and rarely achieved in his wake Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, Simonson s work is often considered the definitive Thor From the majesty and mystery of fabled Asgard to the Thor Visionaries: eBook é gritty streets of New York City, Thor was never the same That is the mark of a true visionary Collecting Thor.


10 thoughts on “Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson, Vol. 1

  1. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Winter of 1983 I was a full grown and mature thirteen 13 year old That is what I believed anyway By this point, I had put all the things of childhood behind me even my beloved D D mostly to focus on grown up things sports, music, girls, and cars Not necessarily in that order This meant the days of me sitting around reading comics was over Forever Sure, I still ran an eye over the comic rack at the local gas station or the bookstore at the mall, but other than just looking at them, Winter of 1983 I was a full grown and mature thirteen 13 year old That is what I believed anyway By this point, I had put all the things of childhood behind me even my beloved DD mostly to focus on grown up things sports, music, girls, and cars Not necessarily in that order This meant the days of me sitting around reading comics was over Forever Sure, I still ran an eye over the comic rack at the local gas station or the bookstore at the mall, but other than just looking at them, I didn t read those kids books any But then something strange happened to me one day at the mall I saw the cover to Thor 337 image error width 20 height 40 alt description Even though I had never been a Thor fan, I was drawn to the book like a fly to a bug light The image of this strange alien destroying Thor s name on the cover just got my attention, and I could not resist picking it up to see who he was Now, honestly, I didn t have much optimism that the book was going to be worth reading I mean, comics had really cool covers all the time but weren t really worth reading especially Thor in those days But since the artwork was cool, I just had to open it up and look at the first few pages That naturally led me to reading those pages which caused me to readandYou get the picture As I finally closed Thor 337, my mind was filled with Simonson s breathtaking images of immortal Asgardian gods, the honorable Beta Ray Bill and his beloved fleet, and the promise of an ominous bad guys waiting just outside everyone s notice, and it was then that I had an epiphany only a 13 year old could believe was an epiphany comics were not just for kids The proof was here in my hands with a book which rivaled any movie or literary work I d ever read in sheer storytelling brilliance Needless to say I started reading Thor on a monthly basis at that point, and for the next almost three years, I waited patiently every month for the next issue to arrive in my mail box The story of Beta Ray Bill, which had began in Thor 337, was just the tip of the iceberg I found as Simonson led me on a whirlwind of adventures with the God of Thunder Adventures that I still recall with great pleasure to this day, and before you even ask, yes Thor is still my favorite Marvel character, because your first love is always the best remembered and most fondly recalled I ve found.I rated this collection and the other Simonson Thor collections which follow five 5 stars Those who are my friends or follow me on Goodreads know I rarely give five 5 stars to anything I m stingy like that I suppose However, these issues of Thor by Simonson deserve five 5 maybe six 6 stars because this is without a doubt one of the greatest runs on a comic book ever Of course, I read this collection having fallen in love with Thor issue by issue long ago, but I still believe you will love it to You just won t have to wait a month before your next fix Nuff said


  2. Mike Mike says:

    Over the years I ve heard time and again about Walt Simonson s legendarily regarded Thor run held up so often as among the best work ever committed for this bigger than life character And I m about to shit on the first collected volume of it Let s begin.Hey, comic book nerd here Hate to break it to ya Walt but you ve left a gaping logic hole in your storytelling here To wit when Thor is approaching Earth on Beta Ray Bill s spaceship and without my hammer in my hand, I ve reverted to my B Over the years I ve heard time and again about Walt Simonson s legendarily regarded Thor run held up so often as among the best work ever committed for this bigger than life character And I m about to shit on the first collected volume of it Let s begin.Hey, comic book nerd here Hate to break it to ya Walt but you ve left a gaping logic hole in your storytelling here To wit when Thor is approaching Earth on Beta Ray Bill s spaceship and without my hammer in my hand, I ve reverted to my Blake form , then how does Thor or Bill stay Thor every time he throws his hammer across the horizon What the fuck Walt is his Thor form limited to contact with the hammer Or is there a three second rule And what about when Thor is in space and throws the hammer at a galactic spaceship Or hell, later when Odin catches the hammer that BRB throws at him, why doesn t Bill revert to horse man sans cape Or how s about when Odin summons Thor actually the newly transformed BRB back to Asgard Does no one not even his father notice that the dude in the red cape and blue tights is wearing a HORSE FACE Hey son, sorry about the mix up, guess I never really paid attention to your face always been staring at your lovely biceps every time you whine about adventure and boredom and responsibility in my throne room cough every day it seems Odin, are you really this mercurial First you set Thor and Bill on a fight to the death, and then when they both show up injured but alive, you set the doctors on them Idon tunderstand Pure 80 s writing on display here for example after first yelling at BRB, Odin says, Let me stay my wrath a moment and seek to knowof this matter This getstroublesome the deeper I go And that makes me a snob, an asshole and an unimaginative philistine, right Yeah I know if I m pissing on The Great Walt Simonson, then I must truly be a lost soul, wandering in the wasteland of superficial brain candy comics.Here s the thing Walt s plot ideas are definitely interesting, but the execution dialogue, narration, thought balloons and the rest of the words on page is leaden, tedious and in so many ways unexciting I m probably repeating myself but Rule of Three amiright Same goes with his art at least of that era layouts are good, but the actual execution of linework, facial expressions and overall detail just isn t quite there Now, could I do it half this well Of course not total jerk here, denigrating Walt s gods given talents It s just that I ve picked up this book six times this week, and my enthusiasm wanes theI learn the difference between Simonson s Thor the legend and Simonson s Thor the aging reality I ve quite enjoyed his modern day artwork lately Avengers Bendis , Hulk Waid and others so it s clear to me that he s improved his craft since his heyday And that s awesome so many creators from the old days never progressed and still churn out the same style and quality as before paging Sir Claremont , and they re truly embarrassing to think about For Walt that s not the case he clearly still enjoys the work and is in a little demand even though I think the gig with Bendis was a bit of a gimme from a massive fanboy wanting to touch the namethan work with a genius at the top of his game.I don t begrudge Walt his reputation, nor resent when he s asked to do current work But I also can t find the stamina to wade through his classics, no matter how highly regarded fondly remembered they are Taste is subjective, and there are clearly people still enjoying this stuff, but sadly I m one of the shallow ones who can t see far enough beyond the out of fashion styles to just get in the groove and enjoy it for what it is.DNF hangs head in shame


  3. Sesana Sesana says:

    I read this as part of an attempt to learnabout Thor, since I ve liked him so much in the Marvel movies I d read something like a few pages with Thor beforehand, and I don t know terribly much about Norse mythology, so I don t really have any preconceived notions So I m happy to report that this was really good reading.If there s one thing I expected going into Thor, it was that the language would be intentionally and archaically formal It s what one does with Thor, after all And here I read this as part of an attempt to learnabout Thor, since I ve liked him so much in the Marvel movies I d read something like a few pages with Thor beforehand, and I don t know terribly much about Norse mythology, so I don t really have any preconceived notions So I m happy to report that this was really good reading.If there s one thing I expected going into Thor, it was that the language would be intentionally and archaically formal It s what one does with Thor, after all And here s it s handled pretty well It doesn t sound pretentious or false It sounds like how the gods of Asgard should talk That alone can be hard to do Pair that with storylines that are actually interesting to read and some great new characters, and the whole collection, big as it is, becomes a pleasure to read This is where Beta Ray Bill comes in, and I was surprised at how much I actually liked him and his story The collection does end in a bit of a cliffhanger, so I ll have to readSuch a hardship


  4. Brad Brad says:

    Thor Visionaries Volume One covers one of the greatest periods in Thor s little corner of the Marvel Universe, issues 337 348 I read them when they first came out, and they are all packed away in mylar bags and comic boxes in my office I was pretty stoked to have them all in this Graphic Omnibus edition, and for the most part they didn t disappoint Here are my highs, mediums and lows Thor Visionaries Top Ten The Awesomeness1 Balder the Brave The best story arc of the Omnibus, we se Thor Visionaries Volume One covers one of the greatest periods in Thor s little corner of the Marvel Universe, issues 337 348 I read them when they first came out, and they are all packed away in mylar bags and comic boxes in my office I was pretty stoked to have them all in this Graphic Omnibus edition, and for the most part they didn t disappoint Here are my highs, mediums and lows Thor Visionaries Top Ten The Awesomeness1 Balder the Brave The best story arc of the Omnibus, we see Balder gone to seed after a horrible experience in Hel He was killed by Loki, banished to Hel, and met all of those he had ever killed in battle while being tormented by demons It leaves him a husk of a god, and once he is in the land of the living he avows pacifism The path back to the sword, which is also, interestingly enough, his path back to vitality and life, is the one part of the twelve comics I most looked forward to.2 Lorelei Super hotty, especially for a teenager who loved red heads Even if she s mere pencils and ink, she s scorching And I always kind of wanted Thor to stay under the spell of her love potion 3 Thor Pretty cool for a big, violent dumb ass Still don t know how being big, dumb and tough makes you worthy to wield Mjolnir, but then I m not Odin.4 Odin I didn t remember his omnipresence, but it was an excellent surprise Odin was actually a pretty cool character, and I liked the way that he didn t always serve as a deus ex machina He was as vulnerable as the next god almost.5 The Clark Kent Cameo Silly, and a whole lot of fun, especially with Lois giving him shit for his clumsiness.6 Reinforcement of Why I 3 Samuel L Jackson Of all the changes Mark Millar made to the Marvel Universe, specifically to the Avengers and SHIELD, turning Nick Fury into a bad ass Sam Jackson clone, thus dropping his crusty and clich d WWII persona, was a stroke of genius Nick Fury was lame back in my day Today, he could righteously stand up and tell the Hulk to Go the Fuck to Sleep, and I bet the Hulk would listen.7 Multiple storylines Simonson s greatest storytelling strength was his ability to juggle multiple storylines without short changing any He kept the pace cooking, kept us interested in everything, and had an eye for a long term story For instance, the opening frames of 337 show the arms of Surtur forging his sword We see him for twelve straight issues before that little storyline has come to fruition It is present as prologue And the last frames of the last comic we see Surtur ready to kick ass Very cool.8 Malekith Bad ass villain I even named a half elf in DD after him, although my wizard didn t have the multi toned skin of Malekith.9 Loved the Secret Wars panel There s this cool blank space left in 341 with three missing panels, which show the Avengers on the way to the Beyonder s Secret War You could cut out the panel from somewhere else and paste it in your comic I bought extras at the time so I could do that I know, I know But they provide the real panels in the appendix here Fun 10 Walt Simonson s Art There s a sixties nostalgia to Simonson s eighties art that always appealed to me The goddesses, Sif and Lorelei, look like a pair of gorgeous, buxom movie stars, the sort Hitchcock would have cast in his films nothing like the inhuman buxomness of the nineties , and there is an unfinished quality to his pencils that adds real texture to his section of the Marvel Universe Thor Visionaries Middle Five The Blah ness11 Beta Ray Bill I remembered Beta Ray Bill with such fondness that when I saw him on the cover locked in combat with Thor, I just had to buy the graphic novel Oh what a difference twenty years make The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill section of this omnibus was soooooo boring I wanted to like it, but now I just feel a little stupid for ever having loved it It was okay, I guess, but a bit much considering its primary purpose seemed to be getting Thor out of his mortal Dr Donald Blake form 12 From Donald Blake to Sigurd Jarlson Not sure this ever really needed to happen, but whatever Simonson got to make Thor look like a big Viking beefcake in a t shirt and tight pants, so some wish fulfillment must have been at work At least it led us to today and Chris Hemsworth in a t shirt and tight pants in the film Silver lining 13 Sif She s okay, but pretty damn fickle and pretty damn thick But hey, she can overlook Beta Ray Bill s ugliness, so that s something 14 Superman Secret Identity Idiocy So suddenly Thor is Sigurd Nick Fury throws a pair of big geeky glasses on him, and Simonson instantly sees that the glasses hiding Thor are as stupid as the glasses hiding Superman, so he pokes fun at it by having a bunch of folks almost make the connection between the big blonde Norseman and Thor, but not quite one guy figures Sigurd must be Spidey Good on him for recognizing the idiocy, but it is handled pretty poorly.15 Surtur and Twilight The presence of Surtur throughout is cool, but I was bummed when the last comic collected in this Omnibus culminated in Surtur s escape from exile That s where I wanted to start, not finish Thor Visionaries Bottom Eight The Crapness16 Not Enough Loki Where was he Sure he shows up once in a while to meddle, but he wasn t nearly meddlesome enough, and apart from a little nudging of Lorelei in her quest for Thor s love, Loki spent most of his time messing with Balder the Brave 17 Fafnir the Dragon This jackass looks like a pugilistic Godzilla.18 Simonson s Idiotic Time Keeping The major downfall in Simonson s storytelling is his inability to make time work His narrative is all over the place when it comes to time We see days pass in one thread and minutes pass in another, but they are presented as though they are simultaneous It s a minor complaint, really, because comics can be forgiven time lapses, but it pulled me out of the momentthan once 19 Fafnir the Dragon Could this big Jurassic Park reject just shut the hell up 20 Not Enough Warriors Three Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun are too cool to be barely seen But there was less of them than Loki 21 Fafnir the Dragon So Fafnir is out destroying the poor areas of New York, and he s yelling for Thor who is off in Antarctica , and the television news crews are wondering where Thor is, and I m wondering where the hell everyone else is Where s Spidey The rest of the Avengers Daredevil Fantastic Four Even Sub Mariner Silliness.22 Fafnir the Dragon Did I mention this dragon sucked 23 Fafnir the Dragon Oh yeah, and Fafnir the Dragon Lamest Thor villain ever


  5. Aaron Aaron says:

    Thor meets noble alien Beta Ray Bill, loses his Donald Blake persona permanently, fights Fafnir the dragon, meets an old Viking, is seduced by Lorelei, and uncovers a plot by Malekith to use the Casket of Ancient Winters to release his master.This wasinteresting than the collection that follows which I read first due to the issues introducing Beta Ray Bill and the showdown with Malekith, who I m familiar with from Thor The Dark World I m pretty curious to know what was going through Si Thor meets noble alien Beta Ray Bill, loses his Donald Blake persona permanently, fights Fafnir the dragon, meets an old Viking, is seduced by Lorelei, and uncovers a plot by Malekith to use the Casket of Ancient Winters to release his master.This wasinteresting than the collection that follows which I read first due to the issues introducing Beta Ray Bill and the showdown with Malekith, who I m familiar with from Thor The Dark World I m pretty curious to know what was going through Simonson s and the editors minds when they created a horse like alien who Odin found worthy enough to grant the same powers as Thor Though strange, it makes for a pretty interesting mix of science fiction and fantasy, and Bill is a sympathetic character who finds a new home in Asgard in some ways he supplants Loki as Odin s adopted son, which is also welcomed by Thor Odin removed the long standing enchantment of Thor s secret identity which would transform him into mortal Donald Blake and grants it to Bill Thor is interestingly left with no human identity, so he creates the alias Sigurd Jarlson Clark Kent, anyone Thor goes through several seemingly unconnected adventures until he comes upon Malekith s plot to use the Casket seen in Thor , which view spoiler succeeds in releasing the hordes of Malekith s master, Surtur hide spoiler and leaves the collection at a cliffhanger Simonson keeps the story focused on Thor s Asgardian mythology, which isinteresting than watching Thor fight random supervillains, but that comes with the trouble of coming in in the middle of the story and trying to figure out who the characters and and what the stakes are The dialogue is also mostly long winded and formal when it comes to the Asgardians, keeping me from getting too absorbed in the story view spoiler Beta Ray Bill 337 SHIELD identifies a ship that is killing stars to refuel and is headed toward Earth Nick Fury enlists Thor to check it out Thor encounters Beta Bay Bill, who thinks Thor is one of the demons chasing him, and knocks him out while in his Donald Blake persona Bill takes Mjolnir and is mistakenly transported to Asgard by Odin.338 Bill tells his tale and states his need for Mjolnir to fight the demons chasing his fleet Odin stages a battle to the death between Thor and Bill with Mjolnir as the prize Bill gets the upper hand but saves Thor s life.339 Odin asks the greatest dwarf smith to make a new weapon for Bill The dwarfs say that if Sif can beat a bully dwarf, they will make it, which she does The new weapon is called Stormbreaker, which grants Bill Thor s powers Thor, Bill, and Sif leave to go fight the demons.340 Sif guards Bill s ship and the fleet while Thor and Bill close the demon portal Bill is given Thor s secret identity enchantment and goes off to find a new home for his people with Sif.The Last Viking 341 Thor asks Nick Fury for a new identity and apartment In his new secret identity of Sigurd Jarlson, Thor faces off against Fafnir the dragon who was coerced by Lorelei, who in turn was convinced by Loki , drives him off, and rescues Lorelei.342 Thor hears someone whispering his name from far off, and he finds Eilif the last Viking living in Antarctica.343 Eilif becomes Thor s shieldbearer and they go to NYC to fight Fafnir Together they kill Fafnir, but Eilif also dies and goes to Valhalla as he wanted Lorelei in her Melodi identity shows up at Thor Sigurd s place with designs to have him drink enchanted mead and become her slave.The Casket of Ancient Winters 344 Balder, who has been taking refuge with Karnilla at Nornkeep, is summoned back to Asgard Odin sends him to Loki with a message Melodi leaves when Sigurd falls asleep on her Balder is pursued by flame demons before being brought before Loki and Malekith, the dark elf Balder, sworn to nonviolence, takes up a sword and fights the demons Loki rejects the message and Balder snaps, taking Loki s head Balder rides off to commit suicide and Loki picks up his head and puts it back on.345 A Dr Willis is arrested after apparently killing his secretary Willis s son is given the duty of retrieving a package Thor is alerted by Willis s lawyer that the Casket of Ancient Winters is in danger Dr Willis escapes and a woman helps him, who turns out to be Malekith he kills Willis after finding the location of the Casket.346 Roger Willis finds the Casket and is found by Malekith, who calls the Wild Hunt Thor arrives and uses iron to drive off the Wild Hunt Malekith retreats and works with Melodi to trap Thor Malekith tells him he will trade her for the Casket.347 Willis and Thor approach Malekith s faerie fortress in England, fighting elves Meanwhile, Balder saves a woman from a desert creature Thor finds Malekith threatening Melodi, who Thor single mindedly tries to save Thor is attacked by Algrim, and both of them fall into a pit Malekith obtains the Casket and blinds Willis, who runs off 348 Willis shoots Malekith Thor grabs his hammer and flies out of the pit Balder discovers from the woman actually one of the three fates how his life matters, curing him of his desire to kill himself Thor blows a hole in the roof, opening a gate between faerie and the normal world Malekith throws Willis s gun at the Casket, which shatters The encased winters fly out to the real world, allowing the portal between Surtur s realm and Earth to shatter Surtur walks through with his armies hide spoiler


  6. Paul Paul says:

    So many a reviewer will agree in saying that Walt Simonson s run on The Mighty Thor contained epic arcs that rival those of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee Other reviews may suggest that Simonson s attention to detail and the ready hybrid of actual Norse with the classic Marvel contemporary super hero mythology made for a mix that surpassed the Lee Kirby originals Whereas that may be a cyclical, unending debate, what is non debatable is the fact that this collection of Simonson s initial run on The Mi So many a reviewer will agree in saying that Walt Simonson s run on The Mighty Thor contained epic arcs that rival those of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee Other reviews may suggest that Simonson s attention to detail and the ready hybrid of actual Norse with the classic Marvel contemporary super hero mythology made for a mix that surpassed the Lee Kirby originals Whereas that may be a cyclical, unending debate, what is non debatable is the fact that this collection of Simonson s initial run on The Mighty Thor is a bargain Finding the original issues contained may be a challenge, subsequently making this collection essential The initial introduction of Beta Ray Bill, the re introduction of several key characters to Thor s mythology Surtur, Ragnarok, and newcomer Kurse , and the exclusion of Thor s human alter ego, Donald Blake make this a cornerstone in the comic s history


  7. k.wing k.wing says:

    Let s just make one thing clear I DO NOT rate think barely any comics warrant a 5 star rating And this did Walter Simonson is a fabulous writer each character s voice was unique loved the Nick Fury Thor foil of language especially , and the humor was perfectly placed What I appreciated most about this volume and Simonson s narrative was how minor characters who are initially narrated as weak or flawed become an important piece of the story, and although weak, he is able to show the true Let s just make one thing clear I DO NOT rate think barely any comics warrant a 5 star rating And this did Walter Simonson is a fabulous writer each character s voice was unique loved the Nick Fury Thor foil of language especially , and the humor was perfectly placed What I appreciated most about this volume and Simonson s narrative was how minor characters who are initially narrated as weak or flawed become an important piece of the story, and although weak, he is able to show the true stuff he is made of in a single or multiple acts of sheer bravery and will My favorite example of this is the side story of Balder the Brave In one section, Balder meets up with the fates and is taught a beautifully crafted and illustrated story about how his life is connected to others, no matter how much he would like to separate himself from others in life and in death And although he is constantly reminding himself of his many failures, a man of his goodness cannot ever deny doing good deeds for others It was breathtaking And on the other hand, how our obvious victors Thor, Odin, other gods, etc are not the deepest characters but are shown with their flaws I highly recommend this book for all comic book lovers, especially anyone who is interested in Thor


  8. Doctor Doom Doctor Doom says:

    Having recently suffered through stories containing unworthy Thor and bat crazy Odin it is refreshing to onceembrace the concept of noble Odin and worthy Thor One unworthy reviewing the book called himself a comic nerd but didn t even know of the 60 second rule from the earliest days of Marvel s Thor concerning Thor s contact with Mjolnir and said he couldn t even finish the book really Wonder if he missed the wonderful cameo of a certain reporter from Metropolis delightfully given Having recently suffered through stories containing unworthy Thor and bat crazy Odin it is refreshing to onceembrace the concept of noble Odin and worthy Thor One unworthy reviewing the book called himself a comic nerd but didn t even know of the 60 second rule from the earliest days of Marvel s Thor concerning Thor s contact with Mjolnir and said he couldn t even finish the book really Wonder if he missed the wonderful cameo of a certain reporter from Metropolis delightfully given in this volume WHOSOEVER HOLDS THIS HALLOWED VOLUME, IF HE BE WORTHY, SHALL POSSESS THE THRILL OF READING A WORTHY STORY OF THOR


  9. Rick Rick says:

    While this feels a bit dated now, Simonson s run on Thor was, at the time, revolutionary Simonson took a staid and typical superhero comic and revitalized it He not only took the myths and legends of Norse mythology and wove threads into the series, but he also brought a new visual aesthetic to the series that energized the characters in ways that had not been seen since Jack Kirby left the series.


  10. Gavin Gavin says:

    The beginning of the Simonson Saga Not as strong as other volumes, but a great start nonetheless, in setting up all the action to follow Great art, storytelling, and classic pacing add up to a winner, and a great place to start Thor.


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