Thor: Son of Asgard review

Thor_Son_of_Asgard_TPBSo let’s get this out of the way real quick first: Thor: Son of Asgard is a weird, weird book. Its concept is weird, its genesis is weird, everything about it just goddamn weird.

Let me I see if I can give you the 10-second version here. You remember that one show, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys with Kevin Sorbo? The show that’s basically remembered now simply for bringing Xena into the world? Well, it also had a spin-off called Young Hercules on Fox Kids that starred — I kid you not — Ryan Gosling. For anyone who can remember that abomination of a show, Son of Asgard should be pretty familiar to you: because its essentially the same premise. Actually, just look at the art of young Thor to the left there and tell me it doesn’t look at least inspired by Young Hercules.

And that’s it, you’re pretty much up to speed, as far as the story and plot goes. All that’s left is the very simple question: why does this even exist? Well, as weird as it seems, in 2004 there was no monthly Thor comic.

Yeah, no Thor comic. Thor is one of the only long-standing Stan Lee-created Marvel properties that they don’t feel the need to constantly keep in print. They stopped printing Thor when all the mainstream Marvel heroes got rebooted after the Onslaught event. They also stopped printing Thor — unsurprisingly — when he was killed off during the “Avengers: Disassembled” event.

But just think about that. They killed off Thor. And clearly it was a gimmick, but not in the same way “The Death of Superman” was, where they had an out written in. He was killed, his monthly title ended, and they closed the book on Thor just assuming that someday, when somebody had a good enough idea, they’d resurrect him. They stopped publication of his monthly book, something they have never done when killing of Spider-Man or Superman or anyone else.

But in the meantime: Thor’s dead! What are we going to publish for Thor fans who want to give us their money? Well, it turns out, this ridiculous teen drama set in Asgard.

I can’t accurately impress how bad this Dawson’s Creek-style re-imagining of Thor is. The plot revolves around Thor, Sif, and Baldar as young teens at the beginnings of their romance, as Thor struggles with the fact that he has yet to prove himself worthy enough to lift his hammer. This is particularly head-scratching for anyone who knows the original plot of Thor or saw the first Thor feature film. So you’re telling me he became worthy, lifted the hammer, then suddenly became unworthy again in time for his origin story into the Marvel Universe? Give me a break.

Everything about this is offensive to me.

Thor: Son of Asgard, Vol. 1: The WarriorsThor: Son of Asgard, Vol. 1: The Warriors by Akira Yoshida
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“I can’t accurately impress how bad this Dawson’s Creek-style re-imagining of Thor is. The plot revolves around Thor, Sif, and Baldar as young teens at the beginnings of their romance, as Thor struggles with the fact that he has yet to prove himself worthy enough to lift his hammer. This is particularly head-scratching for anyone who knows the original plot of Thor or saw the first Thor feature film. So you’re telling me he became worthy, lifted the hammer, then suddenly became unworthy again in time for his origin story into the Marvel Universe? Give me a break.”

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