Review - Thor: The Mighty Avenger #4

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THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER #4
COVER BY:        CHRIS SAMNEE
WRITER:            ROGER LANGRIDGE
PENCILS:           CHRIS SAMNEE
INKS:                 CHRIS SAMNEE
COLORED BY:   MATTHEW WILSON
LETTERED BY:  NEUROTIC CARTOONIST, INC

Released last week was issue #4 of the all ages Marvel book, Thor: The Mighty Avenger.

In this issue we see The Warriors Three, Hogun, Fandral and Volstagg pop into Midgard for a wee visit on their banished cohort, Thor.

Arriving in a magical goat-drawn Norse chariot they take attempt to take Thor on a boys night out to Jottunheim on behalf of "The All Father" Odin to teach his boy some humility.

Like so many of the road trips that I have been on, they get lost on their way eventually ending up in Oxford, England. Things take a series of turns before Thor and the Warriors Three become involved in a dust up with merry old England's finest, Captain Britain.

I have really been enjoying this book. It is by far, one of my most anticipated titles each month. Roger Langridge is doing a fantastic job of breaking Thor from his arrogant pompous persona to a more human character. Action packed panels are always welcome in any Thor book but at the end of this book there is a panel with Thor sitting on the couch with his human love interest Jane Foster which really changes the whole tone of everything which has come before. Thor seems so much more human, like a guy with super powers, not so god-like. In no was do I mean this to be a negative, in many Thor books, his godliness makes him much less approachable when cast in real world situations.

Now getting to Chris Samnee's art... this guy is damn good at his job. From the cover forward he had me scanning every single page. Samnee is, in my opinion, one of the best cover artists going around right now. He has a knack for hinting toward the contents of the book without cluttering the whole page or resorting to just throwing in an image of the protagonist in a cool pose. The white background of this issue really popped against all of the other dark covers on the shelves, Marvel editor Nate Cosboom would be proud! The interior art is just as good, he especially excells at conveying humour through the body language and facial expressions of his characters. At the moment, I would buy any book that this guy is attached to!

This is one time when you CAN judge a book by its cover, the fun most certainly doesn't stop there!

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