Know how there are some books that you just buy for a specific creator whether it would be the writer or artist? Well, I got this one because I saw Chris Samnee was the artist on this book. The story is not so bad either. Roger Landridge makes Thor a compelling character. In this issue, Loki, the Warriors Three (this is what they are called right?) and Namor make a guest appearance. Thor takes Jane on another glorious adventure. I wish I could have a boyfriend like Thor. Every girl derserves one. This book has not disappointed me and I hope it doesn’t get cancelled like my other favorite Marvel book Young Allies.
Roger Langridge continues to write what I consider to be my ideal version of various Marvel characters in this book. Up this month, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Ably juggling Namor’s arrogance and inherent nobleness, he comes off as the overbearing yet thoughtful hero that he should be in every book he’s in. This time, Thor and Jane stumble upon Namor dealing with an out-of-control Monstro (think a big-ass whale with limbs) and Thor pitches in to help and maybe learn a lesson or two if he can stop his ego from getting in the way. Chris Samnee continues to knock the art out of the park on this book, I would love to see him get a chance to draw more classic Marvel giant monsters (and from the looks of next month’s cover, I will). Matt Wilson’s colors also deserve equal praise to the other two creators, as they are absolutely beautiful again this month. This is truly the best book on the stands.
OK, I’m trying hard to keep this one short: It’s difficult to talk about how much I enjoyed this issue without simply cataloging every good thing about it in tiny detail. Even speaking broadly of the series itself, it’s difficult to keep it short and sweet. The plotting, the characters, the fresh take on both Thor and the Marvel Universe while still leaving little teases for continuity-loving fans, and of course, the wonderful art by Samnee: all of it is fantastic. How can anyone who loves comics not be reading this? How could anyone who has or had a love for superheroes flip through an issue of this comic and not fall in love with it — just the panel showing Thor looking delighted as he prepares to literally throw himself at a giant sea monster should win the heart of any reader. And both this issue and the series itself are full of moments like that. I wish there was a Superman book like this, or ones for nearly any classic character who is now mired in continuity and too-serious ideas. I know that the industry can’t (or thinks it can’t) survive without all its continuity and big events, but can’t we trade at least a little of that for more of this, please?
Unlike a number of previous attempts to re-imagine different Marvel characters, Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee know what character points to keep and which ones to toss away. From his stranger-in-a-strange-land Thor to the debonair and regal Namor, Langridge is actually doing something new and fun with these great Marvel characters. Langridge is using these easily recognizable characters but changing their story just enough to make them feel new and fresh as Samnee’s drawings capture an innocence and light that these characters have never had.
Chris Samnee’s divine artwork is the real draw of this book (ha! pun! Sorry.) The story by Roger Landridge isn’t too shabby either, though. Here, Thor and his mortal girlfriend Jane ride off on a goat chariot to see the world and tangle, then team up with, Namor of Atlantis. Everybody’s charming (Namor is maybe even too charming, which is my only nitpick; he’s supposed to be the Marvel U’s resident curmudgeon) and Jane is perfectly capable of holding her own with a god and an emperor.