Thor: Worldengine Hardcover – Mar 30 2011
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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.
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.