As far as quality is concerned, Marvel’s Point One issues have, more or less, been a success. As far as snatching new readers to jump on their ongoing titles, I’m not so sure. Regardless, the Point One initiative has done a notable job getting possible new readers caught up, all the while setting precedent for future series.
Invincible Iron Man #500.1 set Tony Stark in AA recollecting his history while further divulging into his newfound “resilient” frame of mind; Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 gave way to a brand new, heroic Venom; Hulk #30.1 took Thunderbolt Ross back to his roots — a place he can never go back to — and Uncanny X-Force #6.1 showcased why their members feel their black-ops operation is the right — albeit only — thing to do.
So what about Thor? Oh, to promote the movie of course.
All joking aside, sci-fi masters Abnett & Lanning (also known as DnA) present a very colorful look at Asgard during one of their rare days of joy, as holiday takes over destruction. After Siege, that floating palace above Broxton, OK has been nothing shy of rubble, so it’s nice to take a break and witness the gang all back together. As veteran Thor readers know, something slick and unruly is bound to happen. Enter Gray Gargoyle.
While the tale may come off rather candid and perhaps seem like standard one-shot fare, the script doesn’t go over-Shakespearean and the laughing punch of DnA’s past work, as seen on the Guardians of the Galaxy, is ever-present. Thor is held in high-regard from his loyal comrades, despite an often mystifying presence. You probably have a better chance seeing an A-list star strolling down Hollywood Boulevard than Thor with Asgard (and if anyone knows anything about A-list celebs, they hide out in the Hills).
Mark Brooks, artist of the next Uncanny X-Force arc, has pencils remarkably strong, detailed figures and draws windy brilliance in the halls of Asgard. Moreso, I found the writers’ curious alternative to Thor’s heroism most compelling. He may prove by issue’s end to be superhero numero uno, but not the way you’d likely anticipate. There’s a scrupulous blend of facet and appreciation in the way the Odinson is portrayed. And, as I mentioned earlier, the book just looks beautiful.
If anyone solely interested in Marvel’s imminent number of features — especially Thor — picks this comic up for shits-and-giggles, there’s undoubtedly a chance they’ll keep on coming. This small tale will certainly make a lot more sense to newbies than the current intergalactic struggle taking place in Matt Fraction’s book. I’m just glad these Point One issues haven’t been the waste of time or money initially thought!