Oh c'mon. Do I really need to explain why?
Adapted from Viking mythology, Marvel Comics' hammer-wielding God of Thunder was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby in the early 60's and in that time he's survived Ragnarok, grown a beard, survived (and benefitted from) a J. Michael Straczynski run, and is starring in his very own blockbuster movie, aptly titled Thor. In truth, he's not a character I've ever liked. As a kid, I barely understood the words coming out of his mouth - a little too Shakespearean for me - and the mythology was all a little too complex from me; Asgard? Midgard? Valhalla? And I've never quite been sure of how to pronounce the name of Thor's hammer: Mjolnir, anyone?
It wasn't until Thor: The Mighty Avenger was published that I developed any sort of affinity for the character. Writer Roger Langridge and artist Chris Samnee infused so much humanity - and just enough mythology - into their short-lived series, making it the unquestionable comic hit of 2010. It hooked me, got me craving more Thor - which has resulted in my recent purchase of the Walter Simonon Thor Omnibus as well as the Dan Jurgens trades being put out periodically by Marvel. Thor What I'm learning is, although creators have different takes on the character of - how essential is his human side, how essential is his Asgardian heritage, etc - there are common themes prevalent throughout his history, some of which we'll discover over the coming week as our tenures and Play-At-Home scripters present their work.
Thor is a tough nut to crack. There is, potentially, a lot of continuity to contemplate. There's a lot of mythology to be explored. But that's what makes him such an exciting character; his potential is almost limitless.
Let's see how we go.