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The Best Thor Storylines in Comics

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Thanks to the pop culture explosion that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character of Thor is now more popular that he has ever been, and most people’s list of Thor’s greatest adventures and their favorite Thor storylines contain more than a few memorable movie moments. However, to focus solely on the big screen, and not on the best Thor comics out there, would be to miss more than a half-century of published excellence.

Technically, all Thor story arcs are inspired by a canon much older than Marvel Comics, or even the medium of comic books in general. However, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby took the Asgardian roots of Norse mythology and crafted them into their own version of events—one that is infinitely more memorable and dynamic than the source material. That being said, Thor is clearly at his best when he straddles the line between past an present, keeping one foot in the legendary realm he was born into, and the other in the world of costumed superheroes.

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  • Issues: Thor: God of Thunder #1-5

    Writer: Jason Aaron

    Artist: Esad Ribic

    The God of Thunder received a franchise reboot in a big way when writer Jason Aaron took over the series, and his already-legendary run began here. This story arc sees Thor facing off against the appropriately named Gorr the God Butcher, a villain aimed at ending the very concept of godhood in the Marvel Universe.

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  • Issues: Thor #6-11

    Writer: Jason Aaron

    Artist: Esad Ribic

    This arc features the conclusion of Thor’s battle with Gorr the God Butcher, an antagonist who has plagued him in past, present, and future. The time-bending tale brings together three different versions of Thor from the timestream to end the threat of the God Butcher once and for all, with double the Mjolnir and double the fun.

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  • Issues: Thor #340-353

    Writer: Walt Simonson

    Artist: Walt Simonson

    This epic story served as the conclusion for much of what writer/artist Walt Simonson had built up during his first couple years on the title. With the fate of Asgard in jeopardy due to the threat of Surtur, an Asgardian dream team of Thor, Loki, and Odin must form to combat the fiery villain and save the Nine Realms.

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  • Issues: Thor #337-340

    Writer: Walt Simonson

    Artist: Walt Simonson

    This classic story represents the peak of Walt Simonson weirdness, and that’s definitely a good thing. Beta Ray Bill is the kind of character that is better experienced than explained, but he’s basically a horse-faced alien that proves himself worthy of wielding Thor’s hammer. Bill remains a fan favorite to this day.

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