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26. Review: The World of Thorcraft

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It’s very obvious that Marvel Studios movies have developed a style and look that’s quite consistent, from the type of villain to the type of love interest to the Stan Lee cameo. On the spectrum of Marvel movies, THOR falls a little bit south of the first IRON MAN in terms of sheer enjoyability, but north of just about everything else.

The good parts of the formula as developed by Avi Arad and perfected by Kevin Feige are just common sense: a reliable, solid director; respected, award-nominated actors in the villain, father figure, troublesome government figure and love interest roles; and a charismatic hero who looks good in a wife-beater. In the typical Marvel movie, science is both the hero’s friend and enemy — he (and it is always a he) uses science to better his own powers, but the forces of evil are always trying to duplicate and better that research, with the resulting showdown between the forces of order and the forces of chaos at about the 1:45 mark.

From here on out there are going to be SPOILERS, so put on your SPOILER PANTS and proceed at your own risk!

There are a lot of good things about THOR. Like:

Chris Hemsworth as Thor! He’s not only easy on the eyes, but has a nice physicality that makes all the hammer and frost giant tossing credible. And he pulls off the quiet scenes, holding his own with Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman.

• Director Kenneth Branagh — this is no groundbreaking film, but Branagh understands grandeur and drama and the fantastic. He takes a weak script a gives it some shape and drive, avoiding pointless shaky-cam and letting scenes breath. It’s a brisk film with no dull patches. Really a great choice.

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• Likewise, Branagh gives the rather large and colorful cast some room to make an impression. Asgard is a crowded place, but the much criticized ethnic casting helps make the characters stand out from what could have been a Nordic gheto (Am I the only person who has often thought Skellan Skarsguard WAS Ray Stevenson?) Anthony Hopkins kind of phones in his part as Odin, but getting any deeper on the acting chart wouldn’t have added anything. Tom Hiddleston manages a nuanced performance as Loki. Portman’s role is pretty cypherish but she does what she can with it. I was happy to see for ONCE a woman scientist in a movie had a FEMALE sidekick, Kat Dennings‘ Darcy, who gets all the best lines in the first half hour or so.

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• All the hammer shit is AWESOME! Every time Thor smashes Mjolnir into the ground or skins it around or blasts something it’s great! As mentioned above, the action scene avoid phony camera tricks — in fact the beginning is a bit underplayed so that the two big showdowns in the end have a lot more impact.

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• This is just a likable movie. When I saw the earliest trailers, I called it “Starman meets Lord of the Rings” and that’s exactly what it is. We start out getting a look at Asg

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27. THOR movie tie-in: Simonson’s Omnibus?

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It’s become a truism of the current comics era that a movie or TV show based on a comics property will only spark big book sales if there is a clear and defined book that ties in closely with the movie or TV show. Thus big sales for things like 300, Scott Pilgrim, Watchmen, Kick-Ass, Walking Dead and so on. We’ll call it the Naruto Effect, since Naruto manga sales surged upwards when it was broadcast on the Cartoon Network.

The Naruto Effect is problematic for Marvel and DC because most of their movies are based on comics that are up to issue #500 or so. JUmping on one of these old-timers is like jumping on a moving train from a cliffside. Even a collection is not that definitive, as every book — Batman, Spider-Man, Hellblazer — has dozens of volumes to choose from. In fact Marvel has, in the past, pretty much given up on having a graphic novel tie in to their very successful movies for just this reason.

However, there can be “spin-off” sales hits. The last one we can think of was The Joker gn by Azzarello and Bermejo which sold gangbusters in the year THE DARK KNIGHT came out — the book had nothing to do with the movie, but the dark, adult portrayal of he Joker felt a bit like the movie, and people may have sought it out because of that. (It was also a pretty good book on its own.)

The next Marvel movie is Thor, opening May 5, which has the usual jumping on point problems. However, it appears that one book may be having a “spin-off” Naruto Effect, namely the Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus just out this month. At 1192 pages for $125, this is no impulse purchase — however it’s already at #9 in the Amazon GN bestseller’s list and an impressive #559 in books overall.

Now we all know Amazon’s sales rankings are easy to game, and the different between the #100 book and the #1000 book might be just a copy or two. Still, even at the discounted price of $73.03, that’s a pretty nice piece of change. And the movie hasn’t even opened yet, and the book hasn’t officially shipped yet.

It helps, of course, that Simonson’s Thor work is assured, lively storytelling that stands the test of time, and is reckoned as one of the most definitive runs on Thor.

Hype for the Thor movie is entering its peak phase, so we’ll see how the Thor books track.

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28. 31 days of Niffleheim: New THOR images

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HeyUGuys scans in the new issue of Empire and gets some new images of Chris Hemsworth as Thor. He’s no Alexander Skarsgard, but we guess he’ll do.
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The film has an innovative plot, as well, as Thor and his evil brother Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) must team up to defeat the sinister menace of The Boom Mike.

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29. ollymoss: THOR! I was commissioned by Craig Kyle and Kevin...



ollymoss:

THOR!

I was commissioned by Craig Kyle and Kevin Feige at Marvel Pictures to create a special print for the cast and crew of the upcoming Thor movie. I even got to visit the set, read the script and check out all the story boards and concept art - such an incredible experience.

ALL movie posters should look this sweet!



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30. New full-length Thor trailer delivers

Ooookay NOW we are cooking! You know that part where Thor throws his hammer right in the dude’s face?

That was alright.

Bonus question: wiill we be hearing rip-offs of the Inception WHOOM WHOOM music in trailers forever now?
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31. NICE ART UPDATE: Simonson provides THE MIGHTY THOR variant cover

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The new THE MIGHTY THOR #1 by Fraction and Coipel will have several varient covers, including one by Walt Simonson himself. The book goes on sale 4/27.

UPDATE: As mentioned in the comments, this art is from 1983 and originally ran as promo art for Simonson’s epic run on THOR. Hence the odd size of the art. Laura Martin recolored it. Simonson is DC exclusive so this is the only Thor cover we’re likely to see.

Pretty clever of Marvel…or sneaky.

Simonson’s run as writer/artist of Thor lasted for nearly three years, and he wrote it for another year. Although it took place nearly 30 years ago, it’s still a model of what a talented creator with vision can do for even a long running company character when they’re given some track to run on. Alas, in these editorial-driven days that room doesn’t really exist.

HOWEVER, see Marvel’s BIG SHOTS announcement.

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32. Of Norse Gods and Creepy Other Worlds


Smile when you say that partner, it is I once again, the coolest Sith this side of Clint Eastwood, Darth Bill. Now I know your going to look at the two books I reviewed this go round and ask: "Bill, these books have girls as their main characters. What's up with that?" Well I'll tell you; even though these books have girls as the main characters, they kick some serious butt!!!!!! One of the books reviewed Runemarks has some serious cool dudes and chicks such as:




Odin - The All Father







Thor - The Thunderer







Loki - The Trickster




Skadi - The Huntress






Pretty cool looking characters wouldn't you say? I think so!!!!!!

And Coraline definitely earns "honorary guy status" because she's tuff as nails!!!!!!! So take a look at my thoughts on one great book and one great graphic novel.



Runemarks by Joanne Harris - This story is set 500 years after Ragnarok that ended the old world ruled by the Norse Gods. The main character in this story is a young girl named Maddy Smith who is born with a strange and magical birthmark. In Maddy's world "The Word" rules all with an iron-fist. In her world magic is taboo and imagination is highly discouraged. Because of what people perceive as Maddy's strangeness she is ignored by her father and has no friends. That is until one day when she meets and old wanderer called One-Eye who befriends here and teaches her to use the magic that has been lying asleep inside her. This book is filled with Norse Gods, Heroes, Villains and Monsters. This book will suck you in and you will not be able to put it down once you start reading it. This is a great book that I would put right up there with Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" book series. The one obvious difference is that this book rekindles excitement in Norse Mythology as opposed to Greek Mythology. This book definitely is one of my candidates for best book of 2008. Warning: This book does include some occasional curse words and probably should not be read if you or your parents are offended by such.



Coraline by Neil Gaiman Adapted & Illustrated by P. Craig Russel - Do you think it would be cool to get everything you wanted from your parents. Never having to hear then say no you can't do that or no you can't have that, etc. Well in this Graphic Novel Coraline and her parents have moved into a new house that has some very peculiar aspects to it. She finds through a bricked up doorway a gateway into another world that is exactly like hers yet different. She finds in this other world she has an other mother and father who refuse her nothing. Yet something does not feel right about this other world and worse Coraline's other mother does not want her to leave. Many mysteries and challenges Coraline must overcome if she is to return to the real world. This is a great adaption of a great book that I highly recommend.

Well hepcats that's all I got for now, but keep reading and having fun.

Peace,

Bill

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33. Thorr


Thorr woke up today but didn’t really want to play.

A grump he was because, because, because!

His frowning face looked right in place and the sound HARRUMPH! fit his plump.

God of thunder some do say and not so nice but nice enough most days when he’s not eating lice.

Some funny fellow, so fat of rump. Rather slow for Lord-O-thunder, more like a lump.

But when he flies it’s gloriously fast and the God of thunder shows through at last.

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34. SFG: Thunder.....


....God!

Done for fun. Love Gold, Silver, and Bronze age comics (from the 40's to the early 80's), and wanted to try my hand at a "What If" type cover.

-d

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35. Top Five Mythical Heroes

1. Heracles (Hercules)

When Heracles was born, he made enemies with Hera, one of the most powerful gods of Greek Mythology. When Heracles was a baby, Hera sent two serpents down upon him, but Heracles crushed both of them with his bare hands. As Heracles enters manhood, he accomplishes the impossible “Labours of Heracles”. Heracles eventually dies when the centaur, Nessus tricks his wife into poisoning him. During his moments of life, Heracles makes a funeral pyre for himself. As the flames engulfed this legendary hero, Zeus lifts his son up into the sky and Heracles takes his rightful place as a God of Olympus.

Heracles Crushing the Serpents

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Heracles Wrestling Cerebus, the Guard of the Underworld

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2.Thor

This warrior god of Norse Mythology was the son of the “mighty Odin”, king of gods. Thor is one of the most powerful gods of Asgard. Thor wields a short hammer called Mjolnir which has the ability to launch thunderbolts and it magically returns to the wielder whenever it is thrown. Thor travels around in a magical chariot that scorches the Earth as it soars through the sky. Thor is also known as a dangerous enemy toward the giants.

Thor Fights the Giants

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Marvel’s Adaption of Thor

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3. Achilles

This hero of the Trojan Wars is one of the most well known figures of Greek Mythology. Achilles was the son of the nymph Thetis and Peleus. When Achilles was a child, Thetis dangled Achilles on a mystical fire and started to burn away her son’s mortal half, her practice was interrupted by Peleus who was appalled at the sight. Thetis successfully burned away most of Achille’s mortal half except one small weakness, her son’s heel. Achilles set out to the Trojan War and won many victories for the Greeks. Achilles challenged Hector, prince of Troy to a duel and defeated him. After this event, he dragged Hector’s around Troy refusing to bury the warrior. This action offended the Gods and it eventually lead to his downfall. Paris, Hector’s brother shot an arrow guided by the god Apollo into Achilles’s heal. Then the great warrior fell, never to rise again.

Achilles Offends the Gods

- Note: Prince Hector’s dead body

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Death of Achilles

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4. Robin Hood

This legendary outlaw of English folklore known by people everywhere. Robin Hood is mainly known for his adventures with his outlaw group, the “Merry Men”. Robin Hood is known to have lived in the Sherwood Forest of Nottingham-shire. He is known mainly for his “stealing from the rich, and saving the poor.” Robin Hood is known as a skilled archer and in many tales, the enemy of the sheriff. Whether this figure is real or not, he has clearly earned a place in the top 5 mythical figures.

The Memorial of Robin Hood

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The Classic Disney Adaption of Robin Hood

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5. King Arthur

King Arthur, the legendary leader of the Britons is a classic symbol of chivalry and the Medieval Age. According to most Medieval histories and romances, he lead the defense of Britain from the Saxons during the 6th century. Many mystical figures surround the tales of King Arthur such as the wizard Merlin, the enchantress Moran Le Fay, and the mysterious Lady of the Lake. Arthur also wields the infamous Excalibur which makes the user win every duel and its scabbard enables the user to be invincible. At peak of his power, Arthur established the Round Table and the mystical kingdom of Camelot prospered. Arthur’s kingdom eventually fell after knights were corrupted and the king passed away.

King Arthur and the Holy Grail

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King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake

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36. Rise of the Thunder God



Hey guys! Been a while since I posted, but I finally got around to using my wacom, so I thought I'd try something new.

Tools:
Photoshop CS3 & Intuos 2

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