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- Written By: J. Michael Straczynski
- Art By: Oliver Coipel and Mark Morales
- Publisher: Marvel Comics
- Price: $2.99
By Tim Janson
September 16, 2007
© Marvel Comics
I wanted to see it happen…I prayed I would see it happen…but I never thought I would see it happen. But guess what…It happened! In Thor #3, the Thunder God is confronted by Iron Man and Thor kicks the living crap out of him. Now I’m not talking just a good punch or two…Iron Man is literally brought to his knees, armor completely fried by an electromagnetic pulse, as Thor grabs him by the throat and tears off his face plate. Isn’t this what most of us have been waiting to see Thor do? In many ways, I felt like writer J. Michael Straczynski was symbolically grabbing Mark Millar and Bruan Michael Bendis around their throats for the way they’ve dumped on the Marvel universe the past few years with storylines like Avengers Disassembled and Civil War.
Want more evidence? As the issue opens, Thor is in New Orleans witnessing the devastation of hurricane Katrina. He knows that had he been there he could have stopped the hurricane, yet he wonders where the rest of the heroes were. How could they have let this tragedy take place with all of their combined powers? This hits upon the fundamental failing of people like Bendis, Millar, and Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Joe Quesada…they don’t know what heroism means. It’s easier to tear down and destroy than to build. Straczynski is certainly doing his best to rebuild the “hero” part of superhero.
As Thor is reflecting on what happened in New Orleans, Iron Man confronts him. He tells Thor he’s happy to see him, but that Thor either is with Iron Man and the government or he is against them. You can just about guess how well that ultimatum goes over. As Thor mops the floor with Iron Man, he wonders out loud if Thor has been working out…and now get this, Thor merely tells him he’s no longer holding back! Poor Tony Stark...first the Hulk, and now Thor have beaten him seven ways to Sunday in a matter of a few weeks. Iron Man quickly backtracks on his demands and is willing to grant the newly created Asgard, and it’s inhabitants, diplomatic immunity from the Superhero Registration Act. It brought a smile on my face to see Iron man groveling on his knees in the rain, wondering how he’s supposed to get back to his base with his armor fried. Thor tells him to “walk!” If only we could tell Millar to take a walk!
The other detail of note in Thor #3 is that Thor has been drawn to New Orleans in search for the missing Asgardians. It’s revealed that they have descended into the forms of men and the first of Thor’s former comrades will be discovered in this issue. I am enjoying Coipel’s art more and more with each issue. He is giving fans a bigger, beefier Thor, and perhaps the most powerful incarnation we’ve seen yet. This is clearly a Thor who is not to be trifled with. So far, Straczynski has more than met all of my expectations. Great series!