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Subj: My rankings...
Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 10:05:41 am EST (Viewed 102 times)
Reply Subj: Okay Its Time to Grade the Thor Scribes from the Past 10 years Starting with Jurgen to Fraction
Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 04:25:52 pm EST (Viewed 37 times)

    Forgive me if I miss anyone. Who is the best to worst of the Thor scrbes?

    We have the following:

    Dan Jurgens

    Mike Oeming


    Keiron Gillen


    Matt Fraction

    Which one of the guys have brought the most glory to The Thunder God? Please give your reasons for your ranking/

Rodi has never written the main title in that time, so I'm DQing him. Main book only.

10/10 - Kieron Gillen. I've said it many a time, Kieron Gillen is the second coming of Walt Simonson. He has a profound grasp on Norse mythology and the language of the Asgardians; he writes the perfect update of the "thee and thou" the Asgardians used to use. I would love to see Gillen able to write Thor at his own direction instead of picking up the pieces others leave him.

9/10 - Mike Oeming - Oeming's Ragnarok was awesome, but I can't give him the top mark since he didn't have to worry about leaving the toys in the sandbox for the next kid, so to speak. He was able to effect real change because the book was being canceled.

8/10 - JMS - I would've given JMS a 10/10 except the delays were absolutely brutal. Some people bemoan a lack of action, and while there wasn't a slobberknocker every issue there was plenty of fights. More importantly, JMS was crafting a story over time, but you could actually enjoy the stories on an individual or almost individual basis. I would've loved to see JMS stick around longer if he could've got the book out on time.

6/10 - Dan Jurgens - I think I'm the opposite of a lot of Thor fans; I didn't care for Jurgens earlier run on the title, but absolutely loved his "King Thor/The Reigning" era. It explored the character in a whole new way and I think it was a bold direction to take. His dialogue improved from the earlier issues (where I thought his Thor dialogue was atrocious, "Who be you?", really?).

1/10 - Matt Fraction - Fraction has driven me from a character that I love, and it takes a lot to bump me off a character I'm this invested in. He has had some good premises (eg. The World Eaters), but the execution is horrendous. I can hardly bring myself to read the dialogue; Thor goes from a common brute to using 10 syllable words within a single panel sometimes. He has no respect for the stories told before him in the relaunch, I could actually believe he hasn't read them. When Fraction is gone I will come back to Thor, and maybe someday I'll get the issues of his I don't have in the $1 bin. Coipel was the only reason I even picked up his second Thor arc.


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