Thor: Son of Asgard 1: The Warrior Teen

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Nice companion series to the Thor series

Some areas could be better developed

Comic Info

Comic Name: Thor:  Son of Asgard

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Akira Yoshida

Artist: Greg Tocchini

# of Issues: 6

Release Date: 2004

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Thor: Son of Asgard #1

Reprints Thor:  Son of Asgard #1-6 (May 2004-September 2004).  Thor, Sif, and Balder are the best of friends and allies.  Even when Thor’s half-brother Loki steps in to play his pranks, the friendship stands strong.  When Odin deems it is time for Thor, Sif, and Balder to head on a quest and that the one deemed most worthy will be granted a new weapon, Loki decides to sabotage his father’s plans.  Unfortunately for Loki, Thor, Sif, and Balder someone else is lurking in the shadows and the threat to Asgard could be deadly.

Written by Akira Yoshida, Thor:  Son of Asgard Volume 1:  The Warrior Teen is a Marvel Comics superhero comic book collected under the Marvel Age imprint.  The series features art by Greg Tocchini and was released in a digest collection in addition to a complete Thor:  Son of Asgard collection.

Thor can sometimes be a rather clunky character.  He often speaks in a faux Shakespearian tongue and the dialogue can be lofty but hollow.  Thor:  Son of Asgard tries to present a younger Thor who is dealing with younger issues.  The series is a great addendum to the classic Thor series.

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Thor: Son of Asgard #6

The storyline in the collection is in the vein of other Thor stories.  Thor and his allies go on a quest and then the quest dovetails back into a potential usurping of the throne of Asgard by Karnilla.  The first few issues have enough fights and conflict to carry the series, but it also seems a few of the quests could have been punched up a bit for more tension.  The ending battle for Asgard does hold a few surprises and becomes a fun Balder story in the process.

What is lacking in collection is that the Loki connection isn’t as played up enough.  Loki is a character throughout the story and he feels jaded by his father and the others.  Loki always is playing his own game, but I also always prefer Thor and Loki childhood stories because they show that there wasn’t always animosity between the two.  It is here in the story, but I often find Thor stories where it is the thrust better crafted…plus, the third wheel storyline of Sif-Thor-Balder isn’t as fun since Sif and Thor’s relationship has also always been a subject…it doesn’t feel that Balder ranks.

Thor:  Son of Asgard is a fun companion piece series.  It doesn’t have quite the same tone as Thor, but it is close.  I liked Marvel’s attempt around this time to provide more age friendly storylines that were a little more soap-opera and less action (without simply being a bunch of characters standing around talking).  Thor:  Son of Asgard 1:  The Warrior Teen was followed by Thor:  Son of Asgard 2:  Worthy.

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