Thor #600 ( Marvel – Straczynski/ Coipel / Giarrrusso )
“The mighty God of Thunder hits a major milestone! THOR goes back to its classic numbering for this issue 600 mega-event, and even Stan “The Man” Lee joins the party with an all-new story! J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel bring their widely acclaimed run to a major culmination! And Chris Giarrusso lays down an epic Mini Marvels Thor adventure! PLUS jaw- dropping wraparound covers by Olivier Coipel and Marko Djurdjevic! Miss this issue?! We say thee NAY!”
Six-hundred issues of any publication is impressive. Very impressive. While some of Thor’s six hundred issues have slipped into the “WTF?” category, most have been in the good to great range. And what better way can Marvel show us that than having a “mega-even” #600 issue that mirrors the same statement.
The continuation of the main story by Straczynski and Coipel is pure gold. We’ve seen real growth in all of the main characters with minimal action. No, that’s not a bad thing. Because when the action comes, it is big, epic, and Earth shaking. Roll that in some real drama that is not just written well, but beautifully rendered and you’ve got a comic book for the masses. I also want to make special note of the Loki character. He/she has graduated from a punching bag with a bag of tricks to an evil mastermind. Loki is not content with setting up a scheme that is bound to fail just to return ten issues later with another lame idea. Not at all. He/she is moving characters around like chess pieces. Setting up the next 7 moves until he/she reaches the end game. Not only is this painful (in a good way) to watch, but it’s going to make Loki’s downfall all the sweeter.
Now what would a big issue #600 be without some good’ol fashion Marvel money gouging? They take this perfect story by their main team and tack on about 40 pages of fodder (including reprints of stuff I didn’t buy the first time!) and 10 pages of Stan Lee drivel. Plus, they raise the price for this crap as an extra kick to the misters. Thanks Marvel!
Grade for the main story: A
Grade for the extras: C-