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Straczynski reportedly ending his Thor run in September

Thor #601

Thor #601

In news that will surprise few, it appears writer J. Michael Straczynski will wrap up his run on Marvel’s Thor in September.

The word broke late Wednesday at ComiXtreme, before spreading elsewhere, that July’s Previews catalog includes something missing from Marvel’s earlier September solicitations: a listing for Thor: Defining Moments Giant Size #1, touted as Straczynski’s finale.

A Marvel spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from Robot 6.

Straczynski seemed to hint in May that his days on the title could be numbered. In an interview about his work on DC Comics’ Red Circle miniseries, he detailed his objections to big-event comics and explained the reasons for the success of Thor before adding, “Of course, now that the Siege of Asgard Big Crossover Event is looming before me, I have to do some serious and hard thinking about the future.”

Marvel has yet to announce “Siege of Asgard.”

Straczynski and artist Olivier Coipel relaunched Thor in July 2007, successfully tinkering with a formula that hadn’t served the title or the character particularly well in recent years. Straczynski relocated Asgard to Oklahoma, and sent Thor on a quest to liberate his fellow Asgardians — including a now-female Loki — from mortal shells (after their apparent deaths during Ragnorak).

Although well-received, Thor has been plagued by delays, causing Marvel to release one-shots by other creators between issues of the regular series.

Earlier this month Executive Editor Tom Brevoort responded to a reader’s question about the comic’s erratic schedule: “… Just throwing bodies at the book is going to turn off as many if not more readers than the delays in shipping, and that doesn’t help anyone except for those relatively few readers who just love Thor and don’t care who’s working on it.”

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Mysterious Stranger

June 25, 2009 at 11:23 am

As much as I’m disappointed to see JMS leave, I’d rather not have another McDuffie/JLA scenario where a writer was forced to write based on editorial dictates. If he doesn’t want to do a big crossover event (and I don’t blame him at all) then its better for the book that he leaves. I’ve stuck by this book, delays and all, because the writing AND art are incredible. I’d rather it be handed off to someone else than have the quality suffer because a writer is being forced to write something he’s not excited about.

Its been said already in review after review, but Matt Fraction is my pick to write this book once JMS leaves. His one-shots were awesome and I’d love to see how he handles the current situation with Thor and the Asgardians. I’m not looking forward to Thor being pulled into the greater Marvel U via a big crossover but if anyone can pull it off it would be Fraction.

Yeah, Fraction’s a shoo-in.

Get Coipel and Djurdjevic on rotating arcs, and all should be fine.

Fraction’s great, but they should let him focus on X-Men for a while. What’s Joe Kelly Doing these days? I seem to remember that he always had big “god-sized” ideas. Or maybe this “Seige of Asgard” is Millar and Mcniven’s big swan song to Marvel? Sad to see JMS go, but there are lots of possibilities.

Mysterious Stranger

June 25, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Oh gods PLEASE don’t let Millar near this title. I like his work and all but he’s just not the right guy for Thor.

What about Fraction and Zircher? Ages of Thunder was some of the best stuff in 2008, and Zircher drew the Hel out of it.

What i think is BS is that this doesn’t seem to be the only title left off the Marvel solicitations.

Wasn’t there also some of the Dark Reign List stuff and an ASM extra?

Shouldn’t Marvel send out a news release about this I mean they do want people to know anout their books don’t they?

And yeah, JMS off Thor is way too soon, he was just beginning to create something wonderful. Damn you Bendis and your Seige of Asgard and JMS’ run!

SIege of Asgard might have been part of “the List” at first. The editor did say there was something removed

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