SHRAKOOM! As the thunder rends the sky, the mighty Thor joins the ranks of all ages reading. The "Marvel Adventures Super Heroes" series is less than a year old, but it has provided quite a wide view into the world of Marvel characters for readers of all ages.
This issue is penned by Louise Simonson, wife of legendary "Thor" writer and artist Walt Simonson. Weezie does a splendid job of making this issue approachable, understandable, and enjoyable for all. She uses six primary characters to advance the story, which spans from Asgard to Midgard and back again. The six characters are Thor (and his alter ego, Donald Blake), Loki, Odin, Cobra, Jane Foster and Jane's friend's son. At no point does the story get too dense, not too contrived. True, for a child's first foray into literacy, this might be a steeped adventure, but for a more versed reader, this is an engaging tale featuring a character kids might not be overly familiar with.
The art in this issue is breathtaking. I'm completely unfamiliar with Rodney Buchemi, but apparently he's dinked and dunked a few stories here and there. His artwork is supremely detailed. It surpasses my personal expectations for an all ages book offers a level of complexity that would shame more than a few artists in today's current market. Buchemi never skimps, from the cragged surface of Mjolnir to the folds in the clothing of the fleeing crowd, the detail carries through the entire issue.
While Marvel's major titles have worked a little harder to be discernible regarding intended readership, I have found the "Marvel Adventures" line to be nothing short of stunning in the range of titles offered, and this one is no exception. While this issue is my first sample of "Marvel Adventures Super Heroes," it most definitely will not be my last. A quick check of Marvel's site reveals that while the first four issues featured Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Hulk, issues of late have thrown the spotlight on Dr. Strange and Ant-Man. Future issues promise more Dr. Strange and even Captain America.
I've always enjoyed the all ages titles and, in the wake of "Justice League Unlimited," haven't found the perfect fit. My youngest enjoys her "Tiny Titans," the middle likes "Super Friends" quite a bit. The oldest really enjoys "Wolverine: First Class." I read them all first, but this one, or at least the quality of this issue, has me thinking I may have found a winner to share with the entire family.