Panelology is a weekly podcast about comics. We talk about current books, what we're looking forward to, and how to get into reading comics in the first place.

Thor: The Mighty Avenger: Volume 2 (Marvel Comics, 2010; #5-8)

Thor The Mighty Avenger 2.jpeg
  • The second volume of Thor: The Mighty Avenger continues exploring the budding romance between Thor and Jane Foster.
  • Thor still has no clue why Odin kicked him out of Asgard.
  • …Which brings us to the bad news: there’s no actual conclusion to that story; the series ended without time to wrap it up.
  • Other than that, this volume is a lot of fun; Thor teams up with Namor and Iron Man and gets into a fight with Heimdall.
  • The real star of this series is its art; Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson are a powerhouse team, and their pages here are simply joyful.

Overall, I enjoyed Thor: The Mighty Avenger.  It may be an all-ages book, but it never condescends, and that mission gives it a clear, contained scope.  The only downside is that it didn’t run long enough to wrap up its overarching plot.

Collected in

  • Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 2 (#5-8, Journey Into Mystery #85-86)
  • Thor: The Mighty Avenger: The Complete Collection (#1-8, FCBD 2011)

Credits

Writer: Roger Langridge | Artist: Chris Samnee | Colorist: Matthew Wilson | Letterer VC’s Rus Wooton | Covers: Chris Samnee & Matthew Wilson with Christina Strain (4) | Assistant Editor: Michael Horwitz | Editors: Nathan Cosby & Sana Amanat with Michael Horwitz (FCBD 2011)

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest (Vertigo, 2010; #1-5)

The Woods: Movie Night (Boom Studios, 2015; #13-16)