When I was a young lad, and first got into comics, Thor was one of my staple comics after getting into Avengers. And the run of Thor had some amazing writers and amazing artists, throughout it’s history. But there was one – to me – who stuck out above the rest. That was Walter Simonson.
Walter had this amazing ability, in his story telling, to bring a great mixture of mythology and super hero. Thor had, until Walt came along, pretty much focused solely on the super hero side of things. Walter came in and brought in Surtur, not just as a villain – but as a part of the Ragnarok story in the pages of Thor. He also made some of Thor’s background characters stand out – Odin, Loki, The Warriors Three (Volstagg, Hogun, Fandral), Sif, Enchantress, and on and on. He also gave the world Beta Ray Bill, who would go on to become one of my favorite characters. And that’s just his writing. Walter also happened to be the artist – and without a doubt – one of my favorite artists. His run of Thor was phenomenal in every regard.
He would eventually go on to IDW, and create a comic called Ragnarok (unrelated to Thor, from Marvel obviously; but his own version of a character named Thor, from the Norse Mythology), that has more twists and turns than Lombard Street in San Francisco. It is strictly a mythology type story (not a super hero story, at all). It was a limited series; but news broke, that at San Diego Comic Con, Walter would be releasing a new Ragnarok story entitled: Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim. If you’ve not checked out the other Ragnarok series – do yourself a favor – go back and read it – and get ready for The Breaking of Helheim.