Here is another Marvel reading list, this time focusing on everyones favourite Asgardian. Please make sure you check out the rest of my reading lists here, and remember to visit my page and follow me to subscribe to future content.
Thor is a character that has been through several notable writers hands in a relatively short period of time, this reading lists breaks it down by creator and covers the major Marvel happenings that factor into the story.
As usual, here’s the key:
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Thor: Ages of Thunder - Matt Fraction & Various This is a series of one-shots set during the early days of Thor’s life in Asgard, but it’s also possibly the best thing Fraction has done with the character.
Avengers Disassembled: Thor - Michael Oeming & Andrew Divito Ragnarok story that ends with the apparant death of all Asguardians
CIVIL WAR - MARK MILLAR & STEVE MCNIVEN Estabishes status quo that Thor awakens in
J. Michael Straczynski’s Run
Thor: Volume 1 - Joe Straczynski & Olivier Coipel Thor: Volume 2 - Joe Straczynski & Olivier Coipel Thor: Volume 3 - Joe Straczynski & Olivier Coipel JMS wrote some of the best Thor stories ever during his short tenure on the book, re-establishing the character, his supporting cast, and Asgard in a new setting of Oklahoma.
Kieran Gillen’s Run
Thor: Latverian Prometheus - Kieron Gillen & Billy Tan Gillen took over the book as it approached the Siege event. This volumes nicely ties up a lot of the loose ends JMS left.
SIEGE - BRIAN BENDIS & OLIVIER COIPEL Siege: Thor - Kieren Gillen & Various I would consider this event essential as it is set on Asgard and heavily involves Thor. The tie-in issues mainly focus on the supporting cast.
Thor: Siege Aftermath - Kieron Gillen & Various One of the less essential books, but tells a decent story and has some ties to Gillen’s work on Journey into Mystery.
Matt Fraction’s Run
Thor: The World Eaters - Matt Fraction & Pasqual Ferry Fraction’s first volume is under the old branding, but is still important to the story he’s telling as it re-establishes Odin, who plays a big role moving forward.
Mighty Thor V1: The Galactus Seed - Matt Fraction & Olivier Coipel
FEAR ITSELF - MATT FRACTION & STUART IMMONEN
Journey into Mystery V1: Fear Itself - Kieron Gillen & Doug Braithwaite Journey into Mystery V2: Fear Itself Fallout - Kieron Gillen & Various From this point on Journey into Mystery runs parallel to Mighty Thor. Gillen returns to the franchise to focus on Loki.
Mighty Thor: Volume 2 - Matt Fraction & Pasqual Ferry Mighty Thor: Volume 3 - Matt Fraction & Various
Journey into Mystery V3: The Terrorism Myth - Kieron Gillen & Various Journey into Mystery V4: The Manchester Gods - Kieron Gillen & Various
Mighty Thor/Journey into Mystery: Everything Burns - Fraction/Gillen This crossover is the grand finale that concludes both series.
Jason Aaron’s Run
Thor: God of Thunder V1: The God Butcher
- Jason Aaron & Esad Ribic Thor: God of Thunder V2: Godbomb - Jason Aaron & Esad Ribic The first two volumes of Aaron’s run tell one big story. It is available in separate PHC’s, TPB’s, or an oversized hardcover.
Thor: God of Thunder V3: The Accursed - Jason Aaron & Nic Klein Thor: God of Thunder V4: Last Days of Asgard - Aaron & Ribic The second two volumes are available in PHC, TPB, and an upcoming OHC.
ORIGINAL SIN - Jason Aaron & Mike Deodato Thor isn’t too heavily involved in this story, but it’s written by Aaron and the ending is very significant for the character so it is recommended. Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm - Aaron/Ewing & Bianchi This mini is co-written by Aaron, and it establishes Angela as Thor and Loki’s secret sibling, and her home-world of Heven as the tenth realm of Asgard.
Thor V1: Goddess of Thunder - Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman Thor V2: Who Holds the Hammer - Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman Picking up where Original Sin left off, this series focuses on a new Thor.
SECRET WARS - Jonathan Hickman & Esad Ribic Secret Wars Battleworld: Thors - Jason Aaron & Chris Sprouse Aaron’s Thor story continues during Secret Wars with this mini-series.
It’s unclear what the landscape will look like post-Secret Wars, but Aaron is expected to still be writing Thor. He has said in interviews that he plans to tell a long enough story to fill three omnibus’. This reading list will be kept updated as these things become clearer.
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hey! what would you recommend for someone who wants to get into thor comics (and sif although i already read JiM #646-655)
well ok I am not actually too well-versed in thor comics to be completely honest. I haven’t really read much pre-ragnarok thor (ragnarok was when like. everyone died? it happens in avengers disassembled: thor and it’s kinda weird but basically thor stops the ragnarok cycle and hibernates but everyone thinks he’s dead for a while).
so I will rec what I know here (everything is basically chronological, starting after disassembled):
siege is one of my favorite marvel events, and it focuses a LOT on the asgardians. unfortunately, matt fraction’s the mighty thor, which deals with the aftermath of siege, is kind of terrible? well at least the first volume is super boring, I didn’t bother reading the rest tbh. it crosses over with journey into mystery at some point, but JIM is waaaaayyyyy better written than TMT so you can skip ahead to
thor: season one, matt sturges and pepe larraz (an updated condensed version of thor’s origin story and JANE!!!!!!! jane is adorable)
aaaand that pretty much exhausts my knowledge of asgardian comics. I’ve read a few issues of the 1960s JIM for funsies but other than that my knowledge of pre-ragnarok asgardian comics is like. non-existent. probably ask someone who???? cares more about the asgardian side of things?????
I want to start reading Thor again, where should I start?
Hello! By start reading Thor again, I assume you have some knowledge of how comics work? They can be really complicated if you’re on the outside, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy enough to navigate.
If you want to jump into what’s going on right now, I recommend Thor: Season One and then the Thor: God of Thunder series. Thor: Season One is a one shot, and Thor: God of Thunder is up to issue 18 (out this month).
If you want to catch up on more than that, here’s a reading order for some of the newer stuff, mostly by the names of the Trade Paper Backs:
Do you know about any media featuring bisexual men? I've seen a lot of bi women, which is fantastic, but I'm having a hard time figuring out male characters besides Oberyn Martell.
Bisexual characters are kind of our speciality since we both identify as bi so hopefully we can get you a nice list. Also, sorry for the wait for this answer we got it at about 3am so we wanted to get some sleep before doing the research for it. Alright so I’ll start you off and then Steph will add her bit :) Because this ask is really long we haven’t provided all of the links like we usually would so if there is something specific that you can’t find just let us know and we’ll do what we can.