Thor is one of the greatest superheroes of all time and a beloved Avenger. His lovable personality properly balances out his frequently obvious arrogance perfectly. With the upcoming release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film, ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ directed by Taika Waititi, here are the top 10 Thor comics you should check out:
Top 10 Thor Comics To Read
Thor: Tales Of Asgard
As Thor was climbing the ranks of people’s favourite superheroes, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby of Marvel Comics created the series ‘Thor: Tales of Asgard’. Being the first part of a series, this particular comic gives the readers a glimpse into the legends prevalent in Norse Mythology and the mythical place where Thor was born, Asgard.
‘Thor: Tales of Asgard’ was first published in the year 2009, and is actually a reprint from one of the stories from one of the other comic stories from the series Journey Into Mystery, which is where Thor made his very first appearance in the Marvel Universe. ‘Thor: Tales of Asgard’ strives to expand onto the Norse Mythology aspect that Marvel borrows from to create heroes like Thor. It provides a background on the workings of the ancient Norse world, where there existed ‘Aesir’ which means good gods and the Frost Giants, the evil that plagues the world. All this while, an even more dangerous and malicious demon, Surtur plans the destruction of everyone, including the Gods.
There are many more comics included in this series itself that focus on a variety of different Norse legends and how they shaped the present in which the Avenger Thor lives. ‘Thor: Tales of Asgard’ is a great comic series to read for fans of Thor as well as people who harbour an interest in Norse Mythology and are looking for a way to learn more about it in a fun way.
Siege is a comparatively mini-comic series with only a total of four issues being published back in 2010, with a few companion books. This comic series was written by Brian Michael Bendis, an award-winning writer and was illustrated by the artist Olivier Coipel, a French artist who has previously worked on titles like House of M and Thor. This specific comic features a crossover between Thor and his Avenger friends, though the main focus remains Thor, himself.
This comic book follows the story of Loki manipulating Norman Osborne into convincing the world that Asgard, which currently floats over a city in Oklahoma, is a threat and leading an attack on the Gods living there. Osborn engineers a situation which proves Asgard to be a threat in the eyes of the government and puts together his force of the ‘Dark Avengers’ – a group of supervillains – to attack this home of Gods. As the ‘siege’ over Thor’s home nation begins, his allies and friends, the Avengers come to join him in the battle.
If you are someone who enjoys team events, ‘Siege’ is a great comic for you!
Thor Annual 1976 #5
Thor Annual #5 focusing on the storyline of ‘War of the Gods’ was published in the year 1976. The comic was written by Steve Englehart and featured art from the collaborative effort of artists John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, Don Warfield and Tony San Jose.
This comic shows Thor, the Norse god of thunder, going against the Greek hero Hercules, the demigod son of the God, Zeus. Thor, in an answer to the cries for help of his people, the Vikings, goes on to fight the Greeks who summon their own hero to go toe-to-toe with the god. Thor and Hercules’ massive ego clashes and they decide to continue their own war in a week’s time with an entire army behind them. The war ends with no conclusive results and Thor, in the end, gains a vision of his future and the Avengers.
If you enjoy Thor and his adventures across different times, this is the comic for you!
Thor 1966 #126
Thor Issue #126, also known as ‘Whom the Gods Would Destroy!’ was published for the first time in 1966. The comic was created by the legendary Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
In this series of comics, Thor and Hercules, both just as reckless and arrogant as the other, face off against each other, over Jane Foster, the brilliant physicist. Their battles come to no fruition, and Jane assures Thor that she only holds affection for him.
These comics present an interesting premise of two of the greatest warriors fighting against each other, building up the curiosity about the ultimate result.
Thor Vol. 6 2020 #4
Thor Vol. 6 is the Devourer King series, which was published first very recently in 2020. With writer Donny Cates and artists Nic Klein and Matthew Wilson, this issue had fans of the Thor comics on the edge of their seats.
In this comic, Thor faces the deadliest and most dangerous enemy he has ever faced in his life. Even the terrifying world-eater, Galactus, seems better in comparison. The comic series introduces a multiversal threat in the form of Black Winter, who consumes whole universes with no effort.
These high-stakes comics are surely a thrilling read for Marvel fans!
Thor God Of Thunder 2013 #6
Thor God of Thunder #6 also known as ‘What the Gods Have Wrought’ was published first in the year 2013. The comic had the writer Jason Aaron and artists Butch Guice, Tom Palmer, and Ive Svorcina working on it.
The comic focuses on a young boy, Gorr, as he grows up, losing his faith in the Gods. He even becomes resentful of them for their ignorance of humans. On the verge of death, Gorr kills a God and survives and becomes the God Butcher. Millenia later, Gorr still is on his mission to end all the Gods in the world.
This comic serves as an origin story for the villain Thor must face at one point.
The Mighty Thor 2015 #1
The Mighty Thor #1 was published first in the year 2015. The comic was written by Jason Aaron and was Illustrated by Russel Dauterman.
In this volume, Dr. Jane Foster, the incredible physicist and Thor’s former lover, lifts the mythical hammer, Mjolnir, and is determined to be worthy. Foster, then transforms into the Goddess of Thunder, Thor as the universe around her is falling apart.
This comic gives the readers’ a different perspective on Thor’s character.
Thor God of Thunder #3
Thor God of Thunder, also known as ‘The God Butcher: The Hall of The Lost’ was first published in the year 2013. It had the writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic working on its creation.
This comic focuses on Thor as he dives into the God Butcher’s past to find out more about his reasoning and his motivations. In an attempt to defeat him, Thor sets out to understand his enemy as well as he can.
Thor: Disassembled is a series of comic books, ranging from Thor #80 to Thor #85. It was written by Michel Avon Oeming and Daniel Berman in collaboration. The artists were Andrea Divito and Laura Villari.
These comics follow Thor’s arc as he goes on a journey to find his humanity once again by resetting the timeline. All this while, Loki is trying to cause chaos once again by teaming up with the demon Surtur. Thor even enlists the help of his former friends the Avengers to defeat Loki and Surtur.
Mighty Thor #700 to #706
The Mighty Thor issues #700 to #706 focus on the very unfortunate event of Thor’s death. The creators of this comic series include Jason Aaron, Russel Dauterman, and Walter Simosan to name a few.
As War Thor rages around, a new threat approaches in the form of the villain Mangog. Mangog proves to be a more formidable foe than any Thor has ever faced before. While Jane struggles with her cancer, as it threatens her everyday.