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Thor: World Engine (Marvel Comics Thor)

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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
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
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.
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
Thom Foolery
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 home a ...more
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.
Shannon Appelcline
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
The Miracle Man
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.
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
John Wiswell
A friend defend 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 t ...more
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.
Some decent concepts, but it is very early 90s in its art style and execution.
Matt Piechocinski
Derivative Warren Ellis. Kinda boring ... expected more.
Not Ellis' worst, but certainly not his best.
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Second novel, GUN MACHINE, due from Mulholland Books in autumn of 2012.

First non-fiction book due from FSG in 2014.

Currently a weekly columnist for VICE UK.


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