Walt Simonson's run on Thor is legendary in the world of comics. In terms of pure fun and adventure it stacks right up there with what Lee & Kirby gave us in the '60's. The stories Walt presents have few challengers, Roy Thomas, Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, J. Michael Straczynski to name a few and Jason Aaron is so far proving to be a worthy addition to this list.
When I first saw Walt's art, it was unlike anything I had seen before. I compared it to the art in other comics I had, Walt was at a completely different level for me. Walt's style and line work seemed so simple to me at the time, but I learned through trying to copy his work when I was eleven years old, that it wasn't. It had a unique indescribable complexity to it. Even to this day, Walt's art forces me into a quiet contemplation where nothing needs to be said, to just sit back, take it all in, examine every line and enjoy it.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle a run of over forty issues so soon, especially something as renowned a this. As I went through the shortbox that this run was kept in while planning this blog out, I realized that I was continuously moving other titles and other issues of Thor to the back of the box so that I could get to Thor #337. I figured something really wanted me to re-read this run of Thor and write about it.
Since then, I've lost count of how many times I've read Thor #337. I have been struggling with how best to tackle this run in writing. I have these books on such a high pedestal that I worry if I can do it justice. I don't want to do a play by play recount of what happens in each issue and as I started writing that's exactly what I started to do. I've realized that if I'm going to take on this run of comics, the written form may not the best means for me. Either that, or I just need to give myself much more time to work on each entry before I even advertise that it's coming.
I have every intention of finishing what I started, I just need to take a slightly different approach and stop putting unnecessary pressure on myself for something that is just meant for fun.