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Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #7

Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Louise Simonson
Rodney Buschemi, Guru eFX (c)
Marvel Comics
"Lip Service"

Watch Thor's hammer whirl and twirl in this latest issue of Marvel Adventures Super-Heroes. Louise Simonson goes back to the source for the inspiration to this latest Thor adventure. It's all about the love of Jane Foster and the hate of Loki.

Loki convinces Odin that Thor will eventually reveal himself as Don Blake to Jane Foster. Jane is in love with Don, and he with her, but according to Asgardian Law they may not marry. Snuggle-bunnies is also out apparently. Loki is hoping to exacerbate the romantic tension to trick Thor into breaking the law, forcing Odin to punish the Thunder God and reward the malicious mischief maker.

Loki gets his chance when Cobra decides to rear his head during a trip to the zoo. Loki casts an ingenious spell, but alas, 'tis not the sly one's day, night, week or even year.

Of all the female characters that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created, Jane Foster was my least favorite. The woman was the classic fainter. Simonson does a lot and very subtly to make her a sturdier character without losing her origins. Jane was Don's nurse, and she is again in Marvel Super-Heroes. She, however, doesn't wear the dated outfit, nor does she simply wait for her man to make the decisions. In Simonson's hands, she becomes more independent while still in love with Don Blake. She displays more fortitude while being in the heart of battle but without actually participating in the fight. Jane hasn't suddenly picked up aikido lessons. She also displays a loyalty to Don Blake even when due to Loki's spell flustered by the presence of Thor.

Simonson's Thor is pretty much what we would expect. Although he's less antiquated. His speech though peppered with a few chestnuts is more or less the normal dialogue one would find from an erudite individual. He also refers to modern day developments by name. He for instance doesn't call control rooms "altars of mastery." Odin becomes more jovial. He always struck me as a humorless character, and Cobra becomes even more of a hard luck case.

Rodney Buschemi reflects the vigor in the characterization with a muscular Thor that displays a multitude of facets. He's amused when picking up escaped animals. He's happy when with Jane Foster. Jane continues to inch closer to Don Blake. She looks fearful but strong simultaneously, and that strength comes into play when resisting the Thunder God. Thor's vastly superior might adds to the comedy of Cobra in one scene where it appears he literally has beaten him silly.

Louise Simonson returns to comics with a stylish Thor story that's gorgeously illustrated by Buschemi. The lively tale stays true to the source while expanding on it for a modern audience.

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