Review Shooter: Thor 620.1
Artist: Mark Brooks
I kept seeing this thing being talked about on Twitter. It’s ‘one and done comic book story’. I’ve wondered what that was, because I’ve read Marvel and it’s always ‘1 of 4’ or ‘3 of 5’. But then I read Thor 620.1, and I became aware that a ‘one and done story’ wasn’t just a myth that started in the 70’s, it’s a comic book in which you can just read 1 issue of and get a great story out of it.
I knew what a ‘one and done story’ was by the way, but I was trying to make the point that you don’t get them that much these days.
Matt Fraction’s current run in Thor is finishing up the most recent arc, which puts this Point One issue in a peculiar position. As if someone read it and enjoyed it, 621 would be the conclusion of the arc, which would be confusing for a new reader. Other than that, I believe this is the best Point One title I’ve read yet.
Marvel decided to try something different with this Point One title, it’s not done by the current Thor monthly creative team. This issue features fan favourite cosmic writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Mark Brooks. I think D ‘n A do a great job at writing a Thor story that’s very accessible to anyone not currently reading the Thor monthly book. And Mark Brooks art reminds me a bit of Olivier Coipels and, for me, is a welcome change to Pasqual Ferry’s art. I think the change in creative team really helps the book stand out more for new readers.
I just think that Marvel should have held onto this story until Fraction finished up his ‘World Eaters’ arc and printed after issue 621. Then, new readers would have had the option to jump into either the new Mighty Thor ongoing, or the current Thor monthly ongoing which is having its name changed to Journey Into Mystery. In all honesty, if a reader actually cares that much they can wait it out until those titles hit next month. They don’t have long to wait.
New Reader Accessibility Rating: 9. My review is basically about how well this issue works as a jump in point, therefore making it very new reader friendly. If you try it out, let me know what you think. I’ll be interested to know