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Exploding from the pages of the Ultimates, comes Ultimate Thor! Don't miss the superstar teamup of Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco as they go back to the beginning and tell the origin of Thor, Loki and the rest of Asgard! Ragnorak has descended and Asgard sits at the edge of end. What will become of Thor and the Warriors Three? And what exactly does Baron Zemo, Exploding from the pages of the Ultimates, comes Ultimate Thor! Don't miss the superstar teamup of Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco as they go back to the beginning and tell the origin of Thor, Loki and the rest of Asgard! Ragnorak has descended and Asgard sits at the edge of end. What will become of Thor and the Warriors Three? And what exactly does Baron Zemo, mysterious commander for the Nazis, have to do with it all? Ultimate Comics Thor brings you the untold story of Thor's thunderous debut! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Thor 1-4


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Exploding from the pages of the Ultimates, comes Ultimate Thor! Don't miss the superstar teamup of Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco as they go back to the beginning and tell the origin of Thor, Loki and the rest of Asgard! Ragnorak has descended and Asgard sits at the edge of end. What will become of Thor and the Warriors Three? And what exactly does Baron Zemo, Exploding from the pages of the Ultimates, comes Ultimate Thor! Don't miss the superstar teamup of Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco as they go back to the beginning and tell the origin of Thor, Loki and the rest of Asgard! Ragnorak has descended and Asgard sits at the edge of end. What will become of Thor and the Warriors Three? And what exactly does Baron Zemo, mysterious commander for the Nazis, have to do with it all? Ultimate Comics Thor brings you the untold story of Thor's thunderous debut! Collecting: Ultimate Comics Thor 1-4

30 review for Ultimate Comics Thor

  1. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Fun little origin story for the god himself. SO if you read Ultimates you're kind of like "Oh we know how Thor became who he is" but really you don't. Was he really a god? This book answers that. We also see the betrayal of Loki and the fall of Asgard. While nothing groundbreaking it was nice to see how it all came together and can see the differences with this Thor and the 616 thor. Overall a solid little origin story with good art. Nothing mindblowing but a easy 3 out of 5.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    I'm a huge Thor fan and a huge Hickman fan so this is a slam dunk, right? Well yes and no. The story felt a bit short and under developed. The art was good just didn't have enough time with this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo Yu

    Originally reviewed on The Raving Asgardian In four issues, Jonathan Hickman has added more to the tapestry that is Thor’s Marvel mythology than most writers ever do. He builds on what was revealed in trickles in Mark Millar’s The Ultimates . His take on the character is part Lord of the Rings , part Raiders of the Lost Ark and part H.P. Lovecraft. It is as refreshing as Walt Simonson’s own seminal run on Thor . Within those four issues, Hickman brings Ragnarok, an essential story for any Originally reviewed on The Raving Asgardian In four issues, Jonathan Hickman has added more to the tapestry that is Thor’s Marvel mythology than most writers ever do. He builds on what was revealed in trickles in Mark Millar’s The Ultimates . His take on the character is part Lord of the Rings , part Raiders of the Lost Ark and part H.P. Lovecraft. It is as refreshing as Walt Simonson’s own seminal run on Thor . Within those four issues, Hickman brings Ragnarok, an essential story for any writer worth his Norse runes, and kills off the gods, only to reincarnate them into mortal flesh. Thor is the key character in their revival and this responsibility makes him appear unhinged to everyone. This explains the time he spent mental care as mentioned in The Ultimates . He is remembering everything and this is instrumental in repowering him now that he is now part of the mortal plane. Hickman finds a new role for the Donald Blake persona and his Loki is a character steeped in tragedy. Loki isn’t plain black and white evil, he is much more complex here. He is torn between his birth mother and his step father and his vow to repair his relationship with a parent proved to be his undoing. These four issues are not enough. Hickman has enough material here for an ongoing series. In fact, I believe, some of these concepts can be repurposed for use in the regular 616 Marvel Universe. Still, Hickman made the most out of what is essentially a flashback story. Update: I'm looking to upgrade to a hardcover copy, thus, this one shall be culled.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    4.5 stars The only other thing I can remember reading by Hickman was a few crappy FF comics, so I was sort of surprised I liked this as much as I did. Ultimate Thor is a bit different from...what would you call it? Real Thor?...anyway, he's different. I'm a bit burned out on the whole Nazi/occult theme, but Hickman works it well. Especially the final reveal on the man behind Barron Zemo's mask. Very cool. Thor regaining his memories of Asgard and being a god (he's mortal now), tied in nicely with 4.5 stars The only other thing I can remember reading by Hickman was a few crappy FF comics, so I was sort of surprised I liked this as much as I did. Ultimate Thor is a bit different from...what would you call it? Real Thor?...anyway, he's different. I'm a bit burned out on the whole Nazi/occult theme, but Hickman works it well. Especially the final reveal on the man behind Barron Zemo's mask. Very cool. Thor regaining his memories of Asgard and being a god (he's mortal now), tied in nicely with Donald Blake's true identity. And at the end you get finally get the scoop on what was running through Thor's head while Hulk was rampaging though Manhattan. All in all, this one is a total win for fans of Thor and the Ultimate universe. Read it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    The backstory of the Ultimate version of Thor. There are three parallel storylines here: events in Asgard eons ago, a Nazi invasion of Asgard lead by Baron Zemo, and modern day, with the current incarnation of Thor. Apparently, Thor had already appeared in Ultimates, which I haven't read yet. This probably explains the feeling that I had while reading this, like I was missing part of the story. It seems that I was. What was here was interesting enough, sure, but I think I might have gotten more The backstory of the Ultimate version of Thor. There are three parallel storylines here: events in Asgard eons ago, a Nazi invasion of Asgard lead by Baron Zemo, and modern day, with the current incarnation of Thor. Apparently, Thor had already appeared in Ultimates, which I haven't read yet. This probably explains the feeling that I had while reading this, like I was missing part of the story. It seems that I was. What was here was interesting enough, sure, but I think I might have gotten more out of it with the rest of the story. I'll be honest, I liked that the character designs seemed to be synched to the movie version of Thor, because that's basically all I know of the character.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Jonathan Hickman returns to the Ultimates Universe Mark Millar started to fill in some of the gaps in Thor's involvement with the group and how he came by his new outfit and hammer. I read Millar's Ultimates run and though I wondered about Thor's barely mentioned backstory I didn't feel it affected the larger storyline. This book is really for fans who have to know everything about the characters for whom those questions of Thor's Ultimates background have to be answered. But it's also a pretty Jonathan Hickman returns to the Ultimates Universe Mark Millar started to fill in some of the gaps in Thor's involvement with the group and how he came by his new outfit and hammer. I read Millar's Ultimates run and though I wondered about Thor's barely mentioned backstory I didn't feel it affected the larger storyline. This book is really for fans who have to know everything about the characters for whom those questions of Thor's Ultimates background have to be answered. But it's also a pretty fun read as well. The book shows life in Asgard in the good ol' days between the brothers Balder, Loki and Thor, their war with the Ice Giants from Jotunheim, how Loki went on to betray Odin and Asgard, and the storm that destroyed the World Tree - Ragnarok. It's framed with Thor being held by European scientists as they try and figure out if he's a madman or he really is the God of Thunder, and then by the end of the book Nick Fury's shown up and the pieces of the puzzle all slide together. Hickman does a fine job of showing Thor's bravery and character through the various events as well as show Loki for the villain he is. Asgard feels a bit Roman but there're no real criticisms against this book. It's well written, well drawn, and is a fun read. If you're a fan of the Ultimates or are thinking of reading that series, include this book as a prelude to those books which will ensure a richer reading experience.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Great origin story for UThor, with some pathos, originality and a few clever nods to classic Thor mythos. This both fills in all the implied details behind how UThor became the god/man that shows up in the first Ultimates tales, and tells a tale of how Loki came to hate his family. Great book that ends where we all began with UThor. For the record, I'm happy that Hickman re-emphasized exactly what kind of being UThor is.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashe Catlin

    One of the things I hate about Thor is every comic he’s in, the author chooses to make him speak Gibberish. I have no idea if it’s supposed to be Old English , Shakespearean or Norse it’s just awful. Luckily that isn’t the case for this version, as it’s the ultimate universe. This feels like the start of something bigger but it’s actually only a mini series, there isn’t a follow up unfortunately. It’s weird because it sets up quite a few things, maybe they’re picked up in other series. It does One of the things I hate about Thor is every comic he’s in, the author chooses to make him speak Gibberish. I have no idea if it’s supposed to be Old English , Shakespearean or Norse it’s just awful. Luckily that isn’t the case for this version, as it’s the ultimate universe. This feels like the start of something bigger but it’s actually only a mini series, there isn’t a follow up unfortunately. It’s weird because it sets up quite a few things, maybe they’re picked up in other series. It does set something up in the Ultimates, even though it was a brief one and done moment. Unlike most origins, this isn’t Thor getting to grips with his power or learning a lesson. Instead it’s more about him finding his place in the world which I bloody loved, Loki & Odin where pretty good in this as well they didn’t get a lot of attention it was more focused on other side characters who’s names escape me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    OK so it turns out this is sort of the Origin story of Ultimate Thor from the Ultimates...I did read a couple of Ultimates stories so far, and now, having read this, it makes a LOT more sense. I really like what Hickman has done here...he's taken parts of Thor that seem just too absurd to believe and mixed them into a more believable origin story. In this world, Thor is still brother of Balder and Loki, and son to Odin, but however, Asgard has fallen to Ragnarok in the Ultimate Universe. In this OK so it turns out this is sort of the Origin story of Ultimate Thor from the Ultimates...I did read a couple of Ultimates stories so far, and now, having read this, it makes a LOT more sense. I really like what Hickman has done here...he's taken parts of Thor that seem just too absurd to believe and mixed them into a more believable origin story. In this world, Thor is still brother of Balder and Loki, and son to Odin, but however, Asgard has fallen to Ragnarok in the Ultimate Universe. In this version, we find out why Loki hates Asgard and his brothers/father so much, and it almost makes him more sympathetic. We also see that Asgard is defeated by the Frost Giants and Nazis, led by Baron Zemo, who controls the Norn Stones, and through a great betrayal. In this universe, Thor is thought to be insane when he keeps saying he is the Norse God of Thunder. In fact, the European Super Soldier program (led by the father of Benjamin Braddock - Captain Britain) brings in a specialist to take the case of his sanity: Dr. Donald Blake. So if Thor and Blake are not the same man in this universe...then who is Thor? Who is Blake? Which one is sane? or insane? Eventually, Thor is given a chance to join the Ultimates (after Dr. Braddock and his son, in consultation with Dr. Blake, decide that too much has gone into the program to scrap it now) by Nick Fury. He seems to spurn the offer, and does good work for humanity but leaves the Ultimates to their own business until he and Dr. Blake see the handiwork of a figure thought lost in the mystical past. The final panels are great, showing the Ultimates taken down, and Fury readying a nuclear response, leading to the last panel of the book, with Thor appearing alongside the lightning, striking just like it does. I love that panel. Badass. I really love how the story nods to the original Thor yet updates it to the Ultimate version. It respects where it came from but tweaks just enough to be different. I really like that to some degree, Hickman kept things from being too 'big picture' like he sometimes does. Bravo. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Dr. Blake turns out to be a reincarnated Balder, who was slain by Loki. It is Balder's guidance that helps Thor to realize he too is reincarnated as a human. Loki turns out to have been posing as this universe's Baron Zemo, however he is not reincarnated like his brothers...he is still the Norse God. The rampage that took out the Ultimates was the Hulk; and the last panel shows Thor literally bringing the hammer down on Hulk and stopping him when no one else could. GEEK OUT!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Willie Krischke

    Clear, clean storytelling, which is kind of hard to find in THOR. I enjoyed this a lot more than what Fraction was doing about the same time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J'aime

    I've only started reading Marvel comics in the past year. So, I've stuck with newer releases that are supposed to be newbie-friendly, like Journey into Mystery and The Mighty Thor. But, once I started, I was hooked. I particularly like the Thor comics, mainly because I love Loki. He's my favorite villain of myth, and now comics. While browsing, Ultimate Thor popped up as a recommendation. I was hesitant at first because it appeared to be another reimaging of his origin. And it is. But, it is I've only started reading Marvel comics in the past year. So, I've stuck with newer releases that are supposed to be newbie-friendly, like Journey into Mystery and The Mighty Thor. But, once I started, I was hooked. I particularly like the Thor comics, mainly because I love Loki. He's my favorite villain of myth, and now comics. While browsing, Ultimate Thor popped up as a recommendation. I was hesitant at first because it appeared to be another reimaging of his origin. And it is. But, it is also a jumping off point for a new take on the hero. The book switches between three time lines: The Present, 1939 and Asgard of various eons or ages ago. In the present, Thor appears to be in a sanitarium. They have been experimenting with something designed specifically for him but now suspect he may be crazy because he thinks he's the reincarnated Thor! In 1939, we follow the masked Zemo as he finds the Norn stones and prepares to invade Asgard with the help of a Nazi and Frost Giant army. And, eons ago we see the three sons of Odin fighting an endless war against Jotunheim; but, it will soon end and change everything. First, I love that in this world, Loki is actually Odin's son and not adopted. It presents so many opportunities to not only reimagine the tale, but to provide explanation for his and others' actions. I mean, why would Odin put up with him for so long when he favored his real sons anyway? Here, he is a real son and it makes sense why he wouldn't give up on his child. It also provides a possible motive for Loki's treachery - a spurned mother. Zeno's army presumably achieves Ragnarok, causing the reincarnation of Thor and Balder - as men. But, we cannot have Thor without his lightning, and the remedy for that is clever and full of possibilities. Overall, I loved this Ultimate Thor, but am left unsure how to proceed. I want more of the story but since the various character often intertwine, I do not know what book to go to next...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    This one was quite good, a 4-parter that seamlessly integrates 3 separate, yet interlinked storylines. Jonathan Hickman pulls it off nicely, as we see Thor "Ages Ago", in a war with the Frost Giants, in 1939, as he and the rest of Asgard are besieged by those same Frost Giants and nazis led by Baron Zemo (whose secret identity I did NOT see coming), and then in "present day" in the short period leading up to his joining the Ultimates in Mark Millar's first arc of that title. I especially liked This one was quite good, a 4-parter that seamlessly integrates 3 separate, yet interlinked storylines. Jonathan Hickman pulls it off nicely, as we see Thor "Ages Ago", in a war with the Frost Giants, in 1939, as he and the rest of Asgard are besieged by those same Frost Giants and nazis led by Baron Zemo (whose secret identity I did NOT see coming), and then in "present day" in the short period leading up to his joining the Ultimates in Mark Millar's first arc of that title. I especially liked how ingenious it was of Loki to plan his escape from "the room with no doors". Very, very clever. Having read the entirety of Millar's original run, I also liked how this book manages to put things in a new light and has me re-assess my impressions of Thor and his supposed mental problems. And what can I say about Carlos Pacheco's art that doesn't sound cliché? He exceeded my expectations, as I found his art to have improved somewhat from JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice (and even then it was great) the book in which I first discovered this talented artist. Bottom line, it's a solid origin story that dovetails nicely with events that long-time readers of the Ultimates are more than familiar with. 4 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah Ali

    I'm always down for Hickman's writing no matter what. The way he tells stories and his imagination just blows my mind and has never disappointed. His take on Thor here is so strange, bizarre, oddly unique and takes everything in a completely different direction. Felt like something much more grounded/believable and real. His treatment of some of the characters, in design and all, as well as general themes you're used to in Thor comics can be very off putting here, but when you think about it I'm always down for Hickman's writing no matter what. The way he tells stories and his imagination just blows my mind and has never disappointed. His take on Thor here is so strange, bizarre, oddly unique and takes everything in a completely different direction. Felt like something much more grounded/believable and real. His treatment of some of the characters, in design and all, as well as general themes you're used to in Thor comics can be very off putting here, but when you think about it hard, it's actually super interesting. The artwork is fantastic. The issue I had with this was how this short 4 issue story was not a contained narrative for Thor, rather it was a miniscule part to play in the grand scheme of Ultimate comics and primarily The Ultimates. It was basically all set up and establishment to place Thor prominently with a reason in this alternate universe. It's told in a way that relies on you having some background knowledge on the Norse god and Mythology before reading, because I couldn't help but try to think how someone who knows nothing about Thor would feel like when reading this. I'd think they'd be pretty confused and feel taken back. I'm super interested in the Ultimate universe, so definitely going to be reading more and see how it all fits in together. Maybe then I'll appreciate this one more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    I never really got into the Ultimate line of comics from Marvel. I can't say that i have ever been a big fan of rebooting something that has been around for multiple decades especially to the extant that the Ultimate lines did. Thor is part of the European super soldier program (their equivalent at least). They hit a problem when the man they picked starts saying he is actually Thor reborn as a human. They bring in the reknown, but mysterious, Dr. Donald Blake. His studies show that Thor is I never really got into the Ultimate line of comics from Marvel. I can't say that i have ever been a big fan of rebooting something that has been around for multiple decades especially to the extant that the Ultimate lines did. Thor is part of the European super soldier program (their equivalent at least). They hit a problem when the man they picked starts saying he is actually Thor reborn as a human. They bring in the reknown, but mysterious, Dr. Donald Blake. His studies show that Thor is actually remembering. He also reveals a few of his own secrets. Deciding to go ahead with the project, the scientists develop special gear which gives Thor some extra powers. One of these devices is a large hammer. This Thor is very eco-friendly (he would have been called hippie or tree hugger in less PC times). But he might have to put saving the planet on hold, when Loki makes a reappearance. Overall, this was an interesting approach to Thor. I still think I favor the Thor that is based a little more on mythology (not that Marvel worried too much about accuracy to those tales when they first developed Thor either). Still worth a read especially if you can find it on sale like I did.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Omnibuster

    I have no context for the Ultimates universe so I might have missed things, but I thought this was an interesting retelling of Thor's origin and Asgard's history. We jump back and forth from eons ago to Thor reborn in the modern age. Thor wakes up in a laboratory run by the Braddocks and Donald Blake comes in to examine him. They don't believe the story Thor is telling. We learn Loki has joined an organization that's akin to the Nazis who unite with the Frost Giants, Donald Blake ends up being I have no context for the Ultimates universe so I might have missed things, but I thought this was an interesting retelling of Thor's origin and Asgard's history. We jump back and forth from eons ago to Thor reborn in the modern age. Thor wakes up in a laboratory run by the Braddocks and Donald Blake comes in to examine him. They don't believe the story Thor is telling. We learn Loki has joined an organization that's akin to the Nazis who unite with the Frost Giants, Donald Blake ends up being Balder reborn, and Thor eventually remembers who he is and spends his time helping humanity. Fury attempts to recruit him for The Ultimates and he refuses until the Hulk goes berserk.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This is one of several Marvel Ultimate limited series featuring Ultimate origins. We see Thor's backstory at three pivotal junctures; the hidden pieces of the plot slowly fit together to reveal Thor's decision to engage The Hulk in NYC (as previously seen in The Ultimates. This is good storytelling, weaving the threads we know into the tapestry until the final picture develops. The art is good, and the battles, but it never quite forms up into a great story. A good one, yes, but not a "really This is one of several Marvel Ultimate limited series featuring Ultimate origins. We see Thor's backstory at three pivotal junctures; the hidden pieces of the plot slowly fit together to reveal Thor's decision to engage The Hulk in NYC (as previously seen in The Ultimates. This is good storytelling, weaving the threads we know into the tapestry until the final picture develops. The art is good, and the battles, but it never quite forms up into a great story. A good one, yes, but not a "really liked it" experience.

  17. 4 out of 5

    B

    Fine. A decent sidestory to the main Ultimates book -- it should have been included with. Definitely not everyone's favorite movie Loki. He has the most interesting arc in the whole book, but not the most pleasant.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lester

    Maybe 3.5? It does a lot in only 4 issues, but it still seems somewhat flat. Works fine as a standalone story, but I feel it would be greatly enhanced by the full context of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, which I lack.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

    Solid, fun origin story for the Ultimate god of thunder. A little TOO time-jumpy in the final issue, but it all ties together well, and it works as a solid primer for bringing Hickman into the Ultimate universe,

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Review here: https://fsfh-book-review2.webnode.com...

  21. 4 out of 5

    sherlockianreader

    "we reborn as mortals, but loki still has his powers and still is a god"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Dailey

    A quick read that gives you the origin of Ultimate Thor. Good preparation for Hickman's Ultimates run.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paxton Holley

    4 issue mini-series. Leads into Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    The background story to Ultimate Thor before he joined the Ultimates

  25. 5 out of 5

    James

    Good reboot of the Thor saga.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    At long last, we finally get a miniseries dedicated to Thor, one of the most powerful and most interesting characters in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. In Ultimate Comics Thor, by Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four) and Carlos Pacheco (JLA/JSA), we finally get an answer to the big question - is Thor really the Norse god of thunder? Set alternately in Asgard, WWII era Germany and modern day England, this series gives Thor a much-needed back story, while shedding some light on what really drives his At long last, we finally get a miniseries dedicated to Thor, one of the most powerful and most interesting characters in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. In Ultimate Comics Thor, by Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four) and Carlos Pacheco (JLA/JSA), we finally get an answer to the big question - is Thor really the Norse god of thunder? Set alternately in Asgard, WWII era Germany and modern day England, this series gives Thor a much-needed back story, while shedding some light on what really drives his wicked half-brother Loki. This was the first time I had read anything by Jonathan Hickman, but it won't be my last. He gives Thor a great back story, which was missing from the Ultimates series, and ties his past (both ancient and more recent) into Ultimates continuity perfectly. His take on the Warriors Three, Baldur, Odin and Baron Zemo was inspired, and reads like something Mark Millar would have done. I've been a fan of Carlos Pacheco's artwork ever since his Bishop series and he does not disappoint here. His style has evolved a bit, but it's still very dynamic and is a good fit for Thor's adventures, both in Asgard and on Earth. The brilliant digital coloring makes his panels jump off the page. My only complaint is that the series seemed a bit short at only four issues. I could have read a lot more of this story, but I suppose all the bases were covered in these four issues. Ultimate Comics Thor is another terrific entry in the Ultimate Marvel saga, and a worthy companion piece to Millar and Hitch's Ultimates books. It's also a good look at what makes this character tick, and comes just in time for the big screen Thor movie.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    I decided to go back and read all of Hickman's Ultimate Comics stuff since I've heard it eventually ties in to Secret Wars. Since this was his first Ultimate book, I started here and, well, it's not much of a story. I don't blame him, in particular. This is just a filler book, really, explaining (sort of?) Ultimate Thor's origin and building up to his first appearance in Mark Millar's Ultimates. The main problem is, Hickman's just trying to juggle too many balls here. He's simultaneously trying I decided to go back and read all of Hickman's Ultimate Comics stuff since I've heard it eventually ties in to Secret Wars. Since this was his first Ultimate book, I started here and, well, it's not much of a story. I don't blame him, in particular. This is just a filler book, really, explaining (sort of?) Ultimate Thor's origin and building up to his first appearance in Mark Millar's Ultimates. The main problem is, Hickman's just trying to juggle too many balls here. He's simultaneously trying to explain Thor's backstory WHILE telling a compelling, fresh story. The fact is, we all know that Thor exists, so explaining his past just feels like a waste of time, especially since there are no real revelations or anything in here. Also, I'd go so far as to say that it doesn't fully explain why Ultimate Thor behaves the way he does. He's portrayed as a crazy human who thinks he's a Norse god who also happens to be incredibly strong and able to summon lightning. In this story, Hickman KIND OF explains why this Thor is just a man (rather than a full god), but doesn't really stick the landing. There's still a little bit of mystery as to why this is the case, which kind of makes this "origin story" not really an origin story at all. It only half works. Regardless, the art is on point and Hickman's writing and pacing make for a quick, enjoyable read. It's not the worst thing in the world, but it may be the worst Marvel thing Hickman's written. Seems like it's easily skippable in terms of Secret Wars, as well.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    There were some neat concepts in this one. The story was told in a non-linear fashion, which made the big reveals pack a bigger punch, and I'm always up for a new twist on Ragnarok (the apocalypse of Norse mythology). But, in the end, we had another dark, gritty, violent, gory, low-on-dialogue, high-on-blood Thor comic book offering, and it just didn't do it for me. I didn't have any FUN reading this -- and, while I certainly don't want my comic books to be without heart, I do want to actually There were some neat concepts in this one. The story was told in a non-linear fashion, which made the big reveals pack a bigger punch, and I'm always up for a new twist on Ragnarok (the apocalypse of Norse mythology). But, in the end, we had another dark, gritty, violent, gory, low-on-dialogue, high-on-blood Thor comic book offering, and it just didn't do it for me. I didn't have any FUN reading this -- and, while I certainly don't want my comic books to be without heart, I do want to actually enjoy reading the story. Moments of seriousness, yes. But gore and death do not automatically equal pathos or meaning, and this held little of either for me. The art just wasn't my cup of tea, either; the faces and expressions often looked off. (And, of course: the women were there to be props. Please, please, _please_: either give your female characters something to do, or simply don't have them in the story at all. I'd much rather have no female characters than have two or three as story props.) It might be a good read for some; but, for my part, I think I'll be sticking with the non-Ultimate Thor.

  29. 5 out of 5

    M

    Crossing both past and present, we get to see how the Asgardian Thor came to be a member of Nick Fury's Ultimates. We begin with the "lunatic" called Thor under supervision by James and Brian Braddock; they call in psychotherapist Donald Blake to evaluate the man and see if he will work for their superhuman arms race. Flashbacks to Thor, Balder, Loki, and the Warriors Three is the final Ragnarok battle intertwine with the mysterious Baron Zemo and his hunt for Asgardian treasures. The yarns all Crossing both past and present, we get to see how the Asgardian Thor came to be a member of Nick Fury's Ultimates. We begin with the "lunatic" called Thor under supervision by James and Brian Braddock; they call in psychotherapist Donald Blake to evaluate the man and see if he will work for their superhuman arms race. Flashbacks to Thor, Balder, Loki, and the Warriors Three is the final Ragnarok battle intertwine with the mysterious Baron Zemo and his hunt for Asgardian treasures. The yarns all tie together with the reveal of Zemo as Loki himself, and Don Blake as a reborn Balder. Apparently Raganarok cast Thor out to Earth, and the new hammer and suit/belt are man-made technology to help Thor reclaim his powers. A nifty behind-the-scenes look at the Ultimate Thor, providing much-needed clarification and intrigue.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    I can't like this for the sole reason that it gives the backstory for Thor in the Ultimate universe. Ultimate Thor was a great character because you didn't know for sure whether he was the god of thunder or if he was just severely unbalanced. You ask yourself if he's not, then how can he fly, how can he summon lightning, how can he be so strong. But, at the same time, you know that he was nurse who everyone said had a mental breakdown on his birthday. This was fine, nothing else needed to be I can't like this for the sole reason that it gives the backstory for Thor in the Ultimate universe. Ultimate Thor was a great character because you didn't know for sure whether he was the god of thunder or if he was just severely unbalanced. You ask yourself if he's not, then how can he fly, how can he summon lightning, how can he be so strong. But, at the same time, you know that he was nurse who everyone said had a mental breakdown on his birthday. This was fine, nothing else needed to be explained, at least not in a stand alone book that gives you the full story completely spelled out. If a revelation of Thor's true nature was to be made, it should have come out gradually in the comic series. This is just a let down for me.

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