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Walter Simonson’s “Mighty Thor” and other comics to get you ready for the 2013 movie calendar

January 2nd, 2013 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

thor visionariesThe new year is officially on! In one of my first articles published in 2013, I offer up a list of comics to read ahead of some of this year’s most-anticipated movies. Along with suggesting some “Iron Man 3″ reading material for both adult readers and the all-ages crowd, I provide some comics-friendly prep for “Oblivion,” “Ender’s Game,” “The Lone Ranger,” and a bunch of other films hitting theaters over the next 12 months.

One of the films I’m most looking forward to, though, is “Thor: The Dark World” — the sequel to Marvel’s solo film featuring the god of thunder. Not only was the first film a pleasant surprise, but the arrival of the second — and the storyline it’s likely to follow — gives me a chance to recommend one of the all-time great runs in the history of the character. Walter Simonson is almost universally regarded as one of the greatest writers ever to pen a Thor story, and there’s a good reason he’s such a beloved author. If you haven’t read his work on Thor, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Here’s an excerpt from my article:

Thor: The Dark World

Writer-artist Walter Simonson is considered by many fans to be the most influential, iconic author of Thor’s adventures in the character’s history, and his unbelievably long run on The Mighty Thor included the story arc that will likely provide much of the inspiration for Thor: The Dark World. In a wonderfully convenient coincidence, the Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson, Vol. 1 collected edition contains that story arc, in which Thor travels to the realm of the faeries to battle Malekith the Accursed, a villain played by Christopher Eccleston in the upcoming film. If you have even a passing interest in Thor, you owe it to yourself to pick up that first volume of Simonson’s run, because it will not only prep you for the movie but also give you a taste of the very best stories ever written about Marvel’s god of thunder.

You can read the rest of the article at Movies.com. Get your reading on in 2013!

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