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Thor: World Engine (Thor: Marvel Comics)

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Thor and Beta Ray Bill have taken ill! Yggdrassil, the World Tree, has been grafted with an engine to hasten its destruction and bring about Ragnarok and the end of the world! What mysterious villain is behind it all, and can Thor figure it out in time to save all of existence? And when the God of Thunder finds an unlikely ally in the form of Amora, the Enchantress, his lo ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Marvel Comics Group
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Sam Quixote
Jul 08, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
This short 4 issue story was originally printed in 1995 but since then both Thor and Warren Ellis have become a lot more popular so even if the story is quite poor and stuck in that overly-campy way of telling superhero stories some comic series were stuck in back in the 90s, it'll probably sell a few copies just by association.

It's actually quite a poor quality story both in terms of writing and drawing. I can't fault the artist but Thor comes across like he stepped off of the front cover of a
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William Thomas
Its no wonder the Thor title was laid to rest when it was, before the Swierczynski reboot. This is just a godawfully perfect example of 90's comics at its best. Remove all the badging and title from the book and it could have easily been mistaken for one of rob Liefeld's Image abominations. It has no substance, and the paneling and storytelling is just too terribly muddled to get a straightforward story out of the mess.
Kristopher
Clearly written for the beginning of a "new era," a "jumping on" point for new readers, this book follows a trend of Ellis' where the antagonist underestimates or doesn't fully realize the outcome of their technologically-driven plot. I'm a huge fan of Ellis' and will read anything he writes, but I was simply just waiting for this story to end.
John Wiswell
Apr 21, 2016 John Wiswell rated it did not like it
A friend defended Ellis’s writing on Thor saying “everyone makes the same stuff at McDonald’s.” To her, Marvel is the McDonald’s of comics. Well, I consider it a feat to screw up a hamburger at McDonald’s, and Ellis absolutely did. There’s no reverence for the characters, making up for that with more sex, dimwitted despair and no sense of how to use violence. The gods lose their powers, but are still easily able to kick the crap out of a street gang. This was yet another stumble in the long road ...more
Alan
Apr 06, 2014 Alan rated it liked it
I am a bit of a Warren Ellis fanboy. I admit it (there are several writers who can fall into that category for me, Warren is one of them). So in clearing through and out the storage space I realized I had trouble remembering this story well enough to satisfy my memory so it was time for a fast re-read.

Essentially Ellis is doing a Thor reset. This TPB collects those four issues, and unfortunately, as was often the case in 1996 Ellis was booted off the title before he could get past the reset and
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Jason
I've been on a Germanic paganism kick lately, having read the Poetic Edda, Colum's Norse Gods and Heroes, Ellis Davidson's Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, the Saga of the Volsungs, and the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf in the last couple of months. I have also watched Joss Whedon's brilliant Avengers movie a half-dozen times in that same time period. I guess the two fascinations came together when I browsed the graphic novel shelves at the Urbana Free Library, and brought h ...more
Jerry Landry
Apr 04, 2015 Jerry Landry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Coming from Warren Ellis, whose work on other titles such as Excalibur, Transmetropolitan, and the Authority I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend, this collection is disappointing. I kinda, sorta got where he was going with this, but it was not enjoyable and these changes in the Thor schema did not last long. The best part was the final section which reprinted the original Journey Into Mystery from the 60s introducing the Enchantress and the Executioner.
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 03, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Ellis’ writing feels surprisingly rough and off-kilter here, but the story fortunately gets beyond that. It’s a fun bit of wackiness, but the true joy of it is the union between Thor and the Enchantress, which promises wonderful things for the future.

I can’t say I’m thrilled by artist Mike Deodato Jr., who Marvel produced this entire volume in honor of. He seems to be yet another clone of the bad artists from the ‘90s who drew unnaturally shaped people (particularly unnaturally shaped women) usi
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Farhad Shawkat
Apr 21, 2016 Farhad Shawkat rated it it was ok
Promising start by Warren Ellis, but ultimately disappointing. Meant to be a new beginning for Thor, exiled from Asgard, and dying on Midgard. Two new characters introduced, Curzon and Price. Not really recommended.
The Miracle Man
Jun 09, 2014 The Miracle Man rated it really liked it
Love Warren Ellis's writing. He has such a arrangement with something.
I have been a fan of his Planetary books which I would recommend to anybody.
Devero
Apr 20, 2015 Devero rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Il Motore del Mondo è un ciclo di 4 storie scritto da Warren Ellis per Thor. Una serie su cui il dissacrante stile dell'autore britannico si presta davvero molto male.
Alcuni momenti non sono da buttare ed hanno il loro senso, ma l'originalità non solo manca, ma agli storici lettori di Thor queste storie sanno di già letto negli anni 70.
Buono Deodato jr ai disegni.
Josh
Aug 17, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Warren Ellis doing what he could to elevate the sheer horror that was 90's mainstream comics. It's only 4 issues, not a lot happens, and the layout is surprisingly confusing. You can see Ellis's writing coming through, and there's a couple of bits I'm surprised made it past the Comics Code, but otherwise, it's kind of a weird mess. I love Deodato Jr's art now (see his stuff with Ellis in Thunderbolts - A+), but this is a mess of blonde hair and muscles. eh. Surprised this was put out in a "Premi ...more
Jery Schober
Oct 13, 2015 Jery Schober rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Epic hair! Epic chests! Epic muscles! Still don't get the story, but there were nice bits in it, and I really like Deodato's over-the-top style.
Eric
Mar 18, 2010 Eric rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I dig Thor, and the story here was pretty cool. I wasn't a big fan of the art in this book. Thor's hair, oddly enough, was really annoyingly rendered in many panels. It was kind of a distraction!
Again, the story is pretty great, but visually, this fell flat for me.
BIG props for discussing the Yggdrasil!!!
John Adkins
Decent story. Did not like Curzon at all and I personally prefer the idea that Thor is the actual God of Thunder not some sort of deluded alien.
Steve
Aug 14, 2011 Steve rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Some decent concepts, but it is very early 90s in its art style and execution.
Matt Piechocinski
Nov 11, 2013 Matt Piechocinski rated it it was ok
Derivative Warren Ellis. Kinda boring ... expected more.
Adan
Nov 14, 2012 Adan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not Ellis' worst, but certainly not his best.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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