Thursday, 29 July 2010
Marvel plans Ultimate Thor Miniseries
The "Ultimate" Marvel universe started back in 2000 as a reimagining and updating of Marvel's superheroes such as the X-Men, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. Each started from scratch, which made it a great opportunity for new readers to come onboard. When some characters have been around for as long as they have, you can understand how convoluted and disjointed continuity can become and why it's sometimes necessary to have these relaunches or, as DC favours, "crises". Among the Marvel characters to be reimagined for the 21st Century were the Avengers, who this time around were called the Ultimates. I'm a big fan of Brian Hitch and Mark Millar's Ultimates book and well recommend it to anyone looking to get into Marvel comics. The Ultimate world seems to have also been of great inspiration to the Marvel films. This may be why they are planning an Ultimate Thor miniseries for launch this October in time for a good run before the Thor film is released in May 2011. Thor and the story surrounding him were my favourite part of the Ultimates. I really enjoyed the "god of thunder or schizophrenic mutant" mystery that wasn't resolved until the end of Ultimates 1. That along with Thor being virtually powerless without his Mjolnir (his hammer) and belt caused quite a stir with purists but for me a good story is a good story. Ultimate Thor will be written by Jonathan Hickman, who I've never read before but is currently working on Fantastic Four. The miniseries will explore the relationship between Thor and his evil brother, Loki, the Norse god of mischief and the events that lef to the rift between them. Possibly also featuring Nazis and WWII?