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Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus [Hardcover]

Walter Simonson
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April 27 2011 Thor
Considered by many to be the greatest run on Thor ever, Walt Simonson's classic tales of the God of Thunder are collected here-completely remastered from the original artwork and newly colored by Steve Oliffe! And there are too many timeless tales to count: The Casket of Ancient Winters! The death of Odin! The origins of Asgard! The sacrifice of the Executioner! Thor as a frog! The Mutant Massacre!


Thor #337-355, #357-369, #371-382; Balder the Brave #1-4

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5.0 out of 5 stars Verily an Omnibus this be! May 23 2011
In the final days of a 1983 family vacation to California, on a whim I waltzed into a 7-11 corner store and snapped up a stack of Marvel comic books, among which was included Thor #336, whose letter page featured an in-house ad heralding the arrival of some guy named Walt Simonson in the next issue. Upon returning home and shortly discovering the existence of direct-sales comic book shops, issue #337 landed in my imagination with all the thunder of Beta-Ray Bill's hammer-blow obliteration of the old Thor logo! What a ridiculously opportune spot for a new comic reader to be inducted into fandom. Between this and John Byrne's concurrent run on "Alpha Flight", and the innovation of Frank Miller's "Ronin", and Alan Moore shaking things up on "Swamp Thing", I admit that my tastes were soon spoiled beyond my awareness, taking for granted that all comic books were just this good.

During later high school years, as I loaned out books to friends -- well, to literate friends at least -- in a bid to demonstrate to them that comic stories weren't all as childish as they cynically imagined, often (to some surprise) they would pan "mature" titles with lukewarm interest, but of Simonson's Thor they collectively enthused, "Do you have any more like this?" The tease of multiple running subplots regularly laced through Walt's stories had especially hooked their attention: "More??"

Yes, the viking legends are true: Simonson's contribution to Thor is simply the best there has ever been. I feel fortunate to have grown up on this material, and sadness for those who have not -- so much so that I had volunteered my collection to the role of a virtual public library, as relayed above!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Omnibus ever printed period Oct. 11 2012
A few years ago a wrote a review of another Thor Omnibus Thor by J. Michael Straczynski in which I stated I have not read any other Thor, did not plan to, and books whould stand on their own. I still stand by that review, and if you can find that book it is a worthwhile read with a lot of great moments. However I just finished this wonderful Walt Simonson Omnibus and I have to say that this is the greatest comic ever printed. There are many reasons for this bold statement. 1. The stories are fantastic ( a nice blend of fantasy and mythology ) 2. the depth of the re-colour is unbelievably good (Walt approved BTW), 3. the binding is unparalleled (sometimes I open this book just to see how amazing this binding is), 4. Walts Thor combines my favorite literary aspects, MYTHOLOGY, SCI-FI, & FARIY TALES. I can ramble on all day about this book.

This was my first venture into Walt Simonson, and I have to say WOW! Art, and stories, how did he mamange to keep pace with amazing, stories and pencils for so long. We see art/writer teams keep up with each other on a monthly book, but you don't see many double duty comic creators put out unbelievable quality month after month with any consistency.

If there is a collection to own, this is it. Get it before it is gone, which I expect will be shortly.

Up until now my favorite collected editions were The New Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1, and
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best.Thor.Ever May 18 2011
Best run of Thor there ever was and likely ever will be. I like the modern ones very much but this is a true classic. In fact this is the best Omnibus period hands down. I like the Punisher, Ultimates & Daredevil ones but this one tops all. Don't back way because of the extra cost- this is the best of the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Runs Ever May 12 2011
I don't have this collection since I have the original comics; however, I would highly recommend it to anyone. Walt Simonsons really brought Thor back to life. His take on Thor was by far the best interpretation ever. I can't really go into any details without spoiling the surprises but Loki's pain in the neck was one of the funniest things I have ever read. Probably my favorite reinvention was Volstagg the Voluminous - he changed him from a big fat chicken into a character that you really like. Although the stories are the best part of the series, the art is also superb. After Walt Simonson, you'll find all other Thor's lacking.

It's almost too bad that the collection cuts out issue #356 (by Bob Layton featuring Hercules). It has nothing to do with the Thor storylines as it was a one-off while Walt was on vacation but it was a nice little story that is worth tracking down to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype! Jan. 12 2012
By Waltoon
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I recently received my copy of the Simonson Thor omnibus edition and my jaw is still on the floor. I have many of the original comics, and reading them is like watching a movie on pan and scan VHS. Yeah, I can see that they're good, but... The omnibus edition is the blue ray version. The true miracle is the coloring, which explodes off the page. This new edition lifts Simonson's stories to a whole new level. It makes one want to shout "Excelsior!" again.
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