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Thor: Worldengine Hardcover – Mar 30 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785149821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785149828
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,016,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By hubert on July 8 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
amazing book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mmm this is a curious one for Marvel Premiere... April 20 2011
By Raul Vito - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In the mid to late nineties the Avengers had it really rough; the flagship Avengers book was full of second stringers and selling badly, Iron Man had some good stories before (such as the creation of War Machine) Captain America was in the throes of mediocrity (soon to be reenergized by Mark Waid & Ron Garney's run) but over all things were not looking good for the franchise.
And then there was Thor.
Warren Ellis was an up and coming talent in the industry and Thor was in such a bad state that the powers that be at Marvel decided to give the guy a shot at the series; and Worldengine was the result. Besides the usual grit and grim characters that ruled the nineties, Ellis's take on Thor was a more mythological oriented take on the character and Mike Deodato's pencils were quite good for the time, although the coloring leaves something to be desired and this is understandable too, since the lower selling Marvel titles didn't get the higher level computer coloring and better quality paper than the X Men series was getting.
Basically the story goes like this; Yggdrasil (the world tree that rules the fate of Asgard) is somehow being affected by a mysterious machine called Worldengine, and this is somehow hastening the coming of Ragnarok (the predestined End of Things in Asgardian Mythology) and it's up to a depowered Thor to find out what is happening and to try to stop it, and in during the story he hooks up with the Enchantress.
Oh and did I mentioned that besides being depowered Thor has a new costume to booth?
This is not a bad story at all, and it gives much needed depth to some mythic elements that appear in the upcoming Thor movie, but I could think of several Thor stories that deserve a Marvel Premiere edition more, like Dan Jurgen & John Romita's magnificent Thanos "Chalice of Ruins" tale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Broken engine June 24 2011
By Sam Quixote - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This short 4 issue story was originally printed in 1995 but since then both Thor and Warren Ellis have become a lot more popular so even if the story is quite poor and stuck in that overly-campy way of telling superhero stories some comic series were stuck in back in the 90s, it'll probably sell a few copies just by association.

It's actually quite a poor quality story both in terms of writing and drawing. I can't fault the artist but Thor comes across like he stepped off of the front cover of a Mills & Boon book and Enchantress looks like a wet dream. Ellis' writing is only recognisable in the character of the obnoxious detective who's voice sounds a lot like a future famous Ellis character, Spider Jerusalem.

And what is the story? A garbled mess involving the tree of life under threat by some kind of robot zombies and a mad priest, and Thor somehow dying one minute and not the next. I wanted to like this book as I'm a fan of Thor and think that Warren Ellis might be my favourite comics writer, but this is definitely missable. Boring, incoherent, and dated, "Worldengine" is for completists only.
Not as good as one may hope July 4 2011
By N. Durham - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a previous reviewer stated, in the mid-90s, Thor had it a bit rough in terms of creative teams and storyarcs. With Worldengine, writer Warren Ellis (the then up and coming creator of Transmetropolitan, as well as writer of countless other beloved titles) attempted to restore some of the classic mythological aspects of the Thor mythos to the title while keeping things somewhat grounded in the traditional superhero slug-fest world. A depowered Thor seeks to stop the machine known as the Worldengine from bringing about Ragnarok, which is naturally easier said than done. Oh yeah, Thor also finds himself in bed with his one-time arch villianess The Enchantress. For what it's worth, Ellis' story is popping with ideas and a mixture of old and new concepts, but it feels like he just wasn't given the proper room to really let the story tell itself. The artwork from Mike Deodato is wonderful though, and his renderings of Enchantress are, well, enchanting to say the least. All in all, you'll find better Thor stories (and Ellis-penned tales for that matter) than Worldengine, but at the same time, you could do much, much worse as well.
... don't know why this story is getting so much hate.. July 9 2015
By Ikea Monkey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I don't know why this story is getting so much hate....I liked it.
Five Stars Sept. 26 2015
By Robert G. Espinosa - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A very different tale of Thor which I thought was refreshing.