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Subj: Re: Okay Its Time to Grade the Thor Scribes from the Past 10 years Starting with Jurgen to Fraction
Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 09:43:42 am EST (Viewed 87 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)
Quote:Forgive me if I miss anyone. Who is the best to worst of the Thor scrbes?
Kind of tough to rank them in any objective order. Even the better ones had their cons at times. If I had to, then in descending order I'd rank them JMS, Gillen, Oeming, Jurgens, Rodi, and Fraction.
Takes an unnecessary amount of backlash from the fans IMO. I also wish he would've kept Thor on time, but what he did put out was good. Thor was strong, but still felt intelligent and learned, in sharp contrast to the GRAAAHH yelling guy we have around now.
In a way, he did the most remarkable job of anyone on this list considering the situation he found himself. He had to transition between JMS and Fraction, and also tie into an event at the time. Not really an ideal circumstance for telling a story, but he found a way to do it. I only wish we could have seen what he'd do with the title long-term without having to worry about taking editorial mandates and another writer's wishes into consideration.
His Ragnarok storyline is probably one of the few modern stories that probably would've benefited from being longer than it was, which is saying something. It was a nice and respectful, if not ideal, send-off for Thor at the time. I actually found Blood Oath a more enjoyable story, and would've liked to have seen Oeming and Kolins gotten a turn at Thor at the time.
Started off pretty damn good IMO. Great art, some intrigue surrounding the destruction of Asgard and the missing gods, as well as Thor's new secret ID, which I felt was handled in an interesting way that wasn't repetitive of the old Don Blake set-up. The Dark Gods were interesting and distinct new villains in a way that Fraction only wishes the World-Eaters were. But towards his killing off Odin and having Thor become king, the title really just went downhill from there. Thor became too powerful and too unlikeable. Oemin edges him out on my ranking, ultimately because regardless of his early success, that was still a pretty sharp decline Jurgens' Thor took.
I liked the Loki mini-series he did. I didn't particularly care for what I read of For Asgard though.
The worst of the bunch, by far. His characterization of Thor makes him pretty unlikeable. His stories have, at the very least, an interesting premise, but it just falls apart anywhere from the midpoint to the conclusion. I recall in an interview he said something along the lines of he'd rather a spectacular failure than a mediocre or average success. Well, he's certainly doing that IMO. Which is a shame, really. I was initially hopeful about him taking over. He sounded enthusiastic about Thor prior to taking over the title, and he'd written previous comics that I had liked. But at the end of the day, I suppose me and Fraction have radically different ideas about what makes for a good Thor story.
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