I am a fan of the Ultimate Marvel Universe and its incarnation of Thor. I am a fan of Thor in the Universe as well. I'm just a fan of Thor.
This origin story of the Ultimate Thor character is clever and throughly enjoyable. The dialogue is never stale and the artwork by Pacheco is, as always, excellent. Nay, I craved more! But unfortunately, my hunger was not sated. For some reason, Marvel decided this story was as long as it needed to be. It deserved at least another issue's worth of pages. If it weren't so short, I'd give it 5 stars. As it stands, the plot is great, the characters are great, the writing is great, and the art is great.
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I love the book. I would recommend the book to any Thor fan. I just can't in good conscience give it the full 5 stars due to its length, or lack thereof. The far past features Thor's relationship with his brothers Balder and Loki. These events lead to current day Thor's appearance in Ultimates. The Norn Stones connect all the events. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Gives the origin of the Ultimate Thor. Ties in a World War 2 theme.
Not what I was expecting very different and exciting. It was a perfect jumping on point. If you're a fan of the movie, this is great. Loki, Odin, Thor, the Frost Giants are all here. If you're interested in becoming a reader of Thor, pick this up. The book shows the past of Thor, Loki and Balder how they trained and how Loki betrayed them and how he was part of Hydra as well.
It also looks as how Thor got his gear and wondered if he was delusional. See all 21 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 5 months ago. Published on April 19, Published on December 20, Published on October 30, Published on July 22, Published on June 14, There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us.
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For the record, I'm happy that Hickman re-emphasized exactly what kind of being UThor is. I did read a couple of Ultimates stories so far, and now, having read this, it makes a LOT more sense. I really like what Hickman has done here In this universe, Thor is thought to be insane when he keeps saying he is the Norse God of Thunder. In fact, the European Super Soldier program led by the father of Benjamin Braddock - Captain Britain brings in a specialist to take the case of his sanity: So if Thor and Blake are not the same man in this universe Which one is sane? Eventually, Thor is given a chance to join the Ultimates after Dr.
Braddock and his son, in consultation with Dr. Blake, decide that too much has gone into the program to scrap it now by Nick Fury. He seems to spurn the offer, and does good work for humanity but leaves the Ultimates to their own business until he and Dr. Blake see the handiwork of a figure thought lost in the mystical past. The final panels are great, showing the Ultimates taken down, and Fury readying a nuclear response, leading to the last panel of the book, with Thor appearing alongside the lightning, striking just like it does. I love that panel. I really love how the story nods to the original Thor yet updates it to the Ultimate version.
It respects where it came from but tweaks just enough to be different. I really like that to some degree, Hickman kept things from being too 'big picture' like he sometimes does. Blake turns out to be a reincarnated Balder, who was slain by Loki. It is Balder's guidance that helps Thor to realize he too is reincarnated as a human. Loki turns out to have been posing as this universe's Baron Zemo, however he is not reincarnated like his brothers The rampage that took out the Ultimates was the Hulk; and the last panel shows Thor literally bringing the hammer down on Hulk and stopping him when no one else could.
Feb 25, Willie Krischke rated it liked it. Clear, clean storytelling, which is kind of hard to find in THOR. I enjoyed this a lot more than what Fraction was doing about the same time. Mar 10, J'aime rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've only started reading Marvel comics in the past year. So, I've stuck with newer releases that are supposed to be newbie-friendly, like Journey into Mystery and The Mighty Thor. But, once I started, I was hooked. I particularly like the Thor comics, mainly because I love Loki.
He's my favorite villain of myth, and now comics. While browsing, Ultimate Thor popped up as a recommendation. I was hesitant at first because it appeared to be another reimaging of his origin. But, it is als I've only started reading Marvel comics in the past year. But, it is also a jumping off point for a new take on the hero. The book switches between three time lines: The Present, and Asgard of various eons or ages ago. In the present, Thor appears to be in a sanitarium. They have been experimenting with something designed specifically for him but now suspect he may be crazy because he thinks he's the reincarnated Thor!
In , we follow the masked Zemo as he finds the Norn stones and prepares to invade Asgard with the help of a Nazi and Frost Giant army. And, eons ago we see the three sons of Odin fighting an endless war against Jotunheim; but, it will soon end and change everything. First, I love that in this world, Loki is actually Odin's son and not adopted.
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It presents so many opportunities to not only reimagine the tale, but to provide explanation for his and others' actions. I mean, why would Odin put up with him for so long when he favored his real sons anyway? Here, he is a real son and it makes sense why he wouldn't give up on his child. It also provides a possible motive for Loki's treachery - a spurned mother. Zeno's army presumably achieves Ragnarok, causing the reincarnation of Thor and Balder - as men. But, we cannot have Thor without his lightning, and the remedy for that is clever and full of possibilities.
Overall, I loved this Ultimate Thor, but am left unsure how to proceed. I want more of the story but since the various character often intertwine, I do not know what book to go to next Oct 05, Martin rated it really liked it Shelves: This one was quite good, a 4-parter that seamlessly integrates 3 separate, yet interlinked storylines.
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Jonathan Hickman pulls it off nicely, as we see Thor "Ages Ago", in a war with the Frost Giants, in , as he and the rest of Asgard are besieged by those same Frost Giants and nazis led by Baron Zemo whose secret identity I did NOT see coming , and then in "present day" in the short period leading up to his joining the Ultimates in Mark Millar's first arc of that title. I especially liked ho This one was quite good, a 4-parter that seamlessly integrates 3 separate, yet interlinked storylines.
I especially liked how ingenious it was of Loki to plan his escape from "the room with no doors". Having read the entirety of Millar's original run, I also liked how this book manages to put things in a new light and has me re-assess my impressions of Thor and his supposed mental problems. Virtue and Vice and even then it was great the book in which I first discovered this talented artist.
Bottom line, it's a solid origin story that dovetails nicely with events that long-time readers of the Ultimates are more than familiar with. Entretenido, ideal para pasarse un buen rato. Los dibujos de Pacheco son lo mejor del comic, aunque los colores dejan un poquito que desear. Mar 12, Abdullah Ali rated it liked it. I'm always down for Hickman's writing no matter what. The way he tells stories and his imagination just blows my mind and has never disappointed. His take on Thor here is so strange, bizarre, oddly unique and takes everything in a completely different direction.
His treatment of some of the characters, in design and all, as well as general themes you're used to in Thor comics can be very off putting here, but when you think about it har I'm always down for Hickman's writing no matter what. His treatment of some of the characters, in design and all, as well as general themes you're used to in Thor comics can be very off putting here, but when you think about it hard, it's actually super interesting.
The artwork is fantastic. The issue I had with this was how this short 4 issue story was not a contained narrative for Thor, rather it was a miniscule part to play in the grand scheme of Ultimate comics and primarily The Ultimates. It was basically all set up and establishment to place Thor prominently with a reason in this alternate universe. It's told in a way that relies on you having some background knowledge on the Norse god and Mythology before reading, because I couldn't help but try to think how someone who knows nothing about Thor would feel like when reading this.
I'd think they'd be pretty confused and feel taken back.
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I'm super interested in the Ultimate universe, so definitely going to be reading more and see how it all fits in together. Maybe then I'll appreciate this one more. I never really got into the Ultimate line of comics from Marvel. I can't say that i have ever been a big fan of rebooting something that has been around for multiple decades especially to the extant that the Ultimate lines did.
Thor is part of the European super soldier program their equivalent at least. They hit a problem when the man they picked starts saying he is actually Thor reborn as a human. They bring in the reknown, but mysterious, Dr. His studies show that Thor is actua I never really got into the Ultimate line of comics from Marvel. His studies show that Thor is actually remembering. He also reveals a few of his own secrets. Deciding to go ahead with the project, the scientists develop special gear which gives Thor some extra powers.
One of these devices is a large hammer. This Thor is very eco-friendly he would have been called hippie or tree hugger in less PC times. But he might have to put saving the planet on hold, when Loki makes a reappearance. Overall, this was an interesting approach to Thor. I still think I favor the Thor that is based a little more on mythology not that Marvel worried too much about accuracy to those tales when they first developed Thor either.
Still worth a read especially if you can find it on sale like I did. Feb 25, Camilo Guerra rated it liked it. El loco que tienen encerrado para ser un supersoldado jura y rejura que es el dios del Trueno,hijo de Odin, hermano de Loki y Balder, Hickman nos da una historia potente ,contundente y muy bien armada, con un Thor muy regular Dec 07, Mike rated it liked it Shelves: This is one of several Marvel Ultimate limited series featuring Ultimate origins.
We see Thor's backstory at three pivotal junctures; the hidden pieces of the plot slowly fit together to reveal Thor's decision to engage The Hulk in NYC as previously seen in The Ultimates.
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This is good storytelling, weaving the threads we know into the tapestry until the final picture develops. The art is good, and the battles, but it never quite forms up into a great story. A good one, yes, but not a "really lik This is one of several Marvel Ultimate limited series featuring Ultimate origins. A good one, yes, but not a "really liked it" experience. May 05, B rated it liked it Shelves: A decent sidestory to the main Ultimates book -- it should have been included with. Definitely not everyone's favorite movie Loki.
He has the most interesting arc in the whole book, but not the most pleasant. Jun 11, alefromeden rated it it was amazing. Good reboot of the Thor saga. Nov 27, Justin rated it really liked it. At long last, we finally get a miniseries dedicated to Thor, one of the most powerful and most interesting characters in the Ultimate Marvel Universe. Set alternately in Asgard, WWII era Germany and modern day England, this series gives Thor a much-needed back story, while shedding some light on what really drives his At long last, we finally get a miniseries dedicated to Thor, one of the most powerful and most interesting characters in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.
Set alternately in Asgard, WWII era Germany and modern day England, this series gives Thor a much-needed back story, while shedding some light on what really drives his wicked half-brother Loki. This was the first time I had read anything by Jonathan Hickman, but it won't be my last. He gives Thor a great back story, which was missing from the Ultimates series, and ties his past both ancient and more recent into Ultimates continuity perfectly.
I've been a fan of Carlos Pacheco's artwork ever since his Bishop series and he does not disappoint here. His style has evolved a bit, but it's still very dynamic and is a good fit for Thor's adventures, both in Asgard and on Earth. The brilliant digital coloring makes his panels jump off the page. My only complaint is that the series seemed a bit short at only four issues.
I could have read a lot more of this story, but I suppose all the bases were covered in these four issues. Ultimate Comics Thor is another terrific entry in the Ultimate Marvel saga, and a worthy companion piece to Millar and Hitch's Ultimates books. It's also a good look at what makes this character tick, and comes just in time for the big screen Thor movie. Aug 09, Aaron rated it liked it. I decided to go back and read all of Hickman's Ultimate Comics stuff since I've heard it eventually ties in to Secret Wars.
Since this was his first Ultimate book, I started here and, well, it's not much of a story. I don't blame him, in particular. This is just a filler book, really, explaining sort of? Ultimate Thor's origin and building up to his first appearance in Mark Millar's Ultimates.
The main problem is, Hickman's just trying to juggle too many balls here. He's simultaneously trying t I decided to go back and read all of Hickman's Ultimate Comics stuff since I've heard it eventually ties in to Secret Wars. The fact is, we all know that Thor exists, so explaining his past just feels like a waste of time, especially since there are no real revelations or anything in here.
Also, I'd go so far as to say that it doesn't fully explain why Ultimate Thor behaves the way he does. He's portrayed as a crazy human who thinks he's a Norse god who also happens to be incredibly strong and able to summon lightning. There's still a little bit of mystery as to why this is the case, which kind of makes this "origin story" not really an origin story at all. It only half works. Regardless, the art is on point and Hickman's writing and pacing make for a quick, enjoyable read.
It's not the worst thing in the world, but it may be the worst Marvel thing Hickman's written. Seems like it's easily skippable in terms of Secret Wars, as well. Aug 22, Rose rated it it was ok Shelves: There were some neat concepts in this one. The story was told in a non-linear fashion, which made the big reveals pack a bigger punch, and I'm always up for a new twist on Ragnarok the apocalypse of Norse mythology. But, in the end, we had another dark, gritty, violent, gory, low-on-dialogue, high-on-blood Thor comic book offering, and it just didn't do it for me.
I didn't have any FUN reading this -- and, while I certainly don't want my comic books to be without heart, I do want to actually en There were some neat concepts in this one. I didn't have any FUN reading this -- and, while I certainly don't want my comic books to be without heart, I do want to actually enjoy reading the story.
Moments of seriousness, yes. But gore and death do not automatically equal pathos or meaning, and this held little of either for me. The art just wasn't my cup of tea, either; the faces and expressions often looked off. I'd much rather have no female characters than have two or three as story props. It might be a good read for some; but, for my part, I think I'll be sticking with the non-Ultimate Thor.
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