"Thor, the Mighty Avenger" (Marvel 2010-2011) By Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee
When the first phase of Marvel Studios movies was in full swing, Marvel Comics rushed to fill the shelves with as many Captain America, Thor and Iron Man-starring titles as possible. There was no way the market could sustain so many comics starring the publisher's newest marquee stars, and most titles died with a whimper, having stretched the franchises thin. In the case of "Thor, the Mighty Avenger," however, this cancellation was met with unabashed disappointment from its readers. The all-ages book was the closest thing to Marvel Studio's Thor readers could find. Writer Roger Langridge and artist Chris Samnee delivered a continuity-free, loving tribute to the Silver Age that truly captured the spirit of the God of Thunder in a thoroughly modern manner. Any reader drawn to the character by the film could have picked up the title and felt like they were in on the ground floor of Thor's current adventures. It was a fluid, simple title that captured Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Silver Age magic, presented in a postmodern context that appealed to veteran and neophyte fans alike. Sadly, comic fans have been trained over the years to reject stories not connected to a complex continuity, so Langridge's and Samnee's "Thor" was cut tragically short.