Published on January 5th, 2013 | by Mike Harding0
Marvel Graphic Novel Collection Issue 27 Review
New year equals a new book, released on the same date at issue one we now have twenty-seven books released, and that’s still not half way yet! So what does this week bring us, why it’s one of the many Heroes Return titles, which appeared following the events of the Onslaught Saga and the Heroes Reborn universe. This book gives us the first seven issues of The Mighty Thor written by Dan Jurgens and illustrated by John Romita Jr.
The book deals with Thor’s return to the Marvel universe following the events already mentioned. Thor did not return with the other heroes, instead he was first sent back to Asgard, only to discover it in ruins. Jurgens first arc deals a lot with people’s perception of a God walking amongst them, we see both the positive and negative sides of this as the residents of Manhattan show either their belief or their contempt of the Thunder God.
The story starts simple enough, Thor returns to earth, and it is not long before he is called into action with the Avengers in a fight against the Destroyer. This time around the Destroyer is powered by the spirit of a military colonel who is tired of being bossed around. During the battle Thor is seemingly killed and finds himself in the realm of Hela. At this point in the story we meet Marnot, who informs her that Thor is not entirely dead. Thor is returned to the mortal world, but at a cost, during the battle with the Destroyer, a NY paramedic named Jake Olsen was killed, in payment for Thor’s life, he must live a mortal life as Jake Olsen.
Thor once again finds himself in a human form that is unfamiliar to him, yet one that he has experienced before when he first became Donald Blake. Thor struggles with the duality of his role as Midgard’s protector as well as paramedic Jake Olsen. Whilst this is happening we discover that Asgard has fallen victim to the Dark Gods, who are holding Odin as a captive. On Earth Thor is searching for the missing Asgardian gods, and seeks help from the Prince of Power himself Hercules. Together they travel to Olympus, only to find it also destroyed, seemingly at the hands of the Asgardians.
This book is great, the art is really good, and whilst I have not always been a fan of Romita’s work, his depiction of Thor is excellent. When all the heroes returned, Thor was the book that at the time I had little interest in, The Avengers was my way of reading Thor, and so I didn’t read this title. Looking at this book now, I think that may have been a mistake, and hopefully there are other editions collecting the series available.
Value for money is not an issue with this book, as it is incredibly difficult to get a copy of this book anywhere. Extra features include the various covers for the relaunch of Mighty Thor, a piece on writer Dan Jurgen, and of course a gallery of the various costumes worn by Thor.
The Further Reading section of the book reveals that Book 5 will be Thor: The last Viking, and Book 38 will be Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?
The next book to be released it Astonishing X-men: Imperial, which completes the X-men’s books found in the collection.
These new reveals leave the list looking like this:
*Titles in BOLD have already been released*
Book 01: Iron Man: Demon in a bottle
Book 02: Uncanny X-men: Dark Phoenix
Book 03: Captain Britain: A Crooked World
Book 04: Wolverine
Book 05: The Mighty Thor: The Last Viking
Book 06: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars part 1
Book 07: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars part 2
Book 08: Daredevil: Born Again
Book 09: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Birth of Venom
Book 10: Spider-man: Kraven’s Last Hunt
Book 11: The Incredible Hulk: Silent Screams
Book 12: Wolverine: Weapon X
Book 13: Marvels
Book 14: Avengers: Avengers Forever Part one
Book 15: Avengers: Avengers Forever Part two
Book 16: The Mighty Thor: In Search of Gods
Book 17: Daredevil: Guardian Devil
Book 18: The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank Part 1
Book 19: The Punisher: Welcome Back Frank Part 2
Book 20: Ultimate Spider-man: Power & Responsibility
Book 21: Spider-man: Coming Home
Book 22: Spider-man: Revelations
Book 23: New X-men: E is for Extinction
Book 24: New X-men: Imperial
Book 25: Spider-man: Blue
Book 26: Wolverine: Origins
Book 27: Captain America: The New Deal
Book 28: The Ultimates: Super-Human
Book 29: The Ultimates: Homeland Security
Book 32: 1602
Book 33: Secret War
Book 34: Avengers: Disassembled
Book 35: She-Hulk: Single Green Female
Book 36: Astonishing X-men: Gifted
Book 37: Astonishing X-men: Dangerous
Book 38: Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?
Book 39: Ghost Rider: Road to Damnation
Book 40: House of M
Book 42: New Avengers: Breakout
Book 43: Iron Man: Extremis
Book 44: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Book 45: The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk part 1
Book 46: The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk part 2
Book 47: Fantastic Four: The End
Book 48: Marvel Zombies
Book 50: Civil War
Book 51: Fallen Son: Death of Captain America
Book 52: Thor: Reborn
Book 53: The Eternals
Book 55: World War Hulk
Book 56: Thunderbolts: Faith in Monsters
Book 57: Wolverine: Old Man Logan
Book 58: Secret Invasion
Book 59: Captain Britain & MI13: Vampire State
Book 60: Siege