I’m reading Simonsons Thor just now, which I bought quite a while back in a Comixology sale.
11 o’clock comics do a ‘book club’ as part of their podcast, and I’ve found it a good way to catch up on stuff that I’ve never got round to, or re-read some classic stuff that I’ve not read in ages.
They are only covering the first 9 issues so it was not too much of a momentous task.
First thing that strikes me is, although it suffers from that dated feel that most US comics from that era that were not written by Alan Moore or Frank Miller, it’s a lively read absolutely packed with ideas and character.
There’s probably more in the first 4 issues of the run than you’d find in a years worth of a lot of many modern Marvel books.
It’s just one idea, after another after another, and although the writing style and dialogue can be a little bit tired in places, the actual plotting and storyline is pretty incredible. Where many modern writers come up with their idea, then sit back and admire themselves for being so clever for 12 issues, Simonson just keeps churning them out.
There’s also an incredible sense of fun, the Clarke Kent and Lois Lane cameo in issue 341 is borderline genius.