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Sunday, August 07, 2011 

Thor: Shakespearean no more

Found through the previews for Fear Itself 5. Remember when the mighty thunder god and the rest of the Asgardian cast spoke in amazing proto-Shakespearean dialogue in past decades? Now, as has been the case for nearly 5 years, Thor's been reduced to juvenile, insipid dialogue like telling the Thing during one of the most unjust fights between superheroes in comics that he's a "pain in the ass". This symbolizes another problem today's writers (here, it's Matt Fraction) have: they don't know how to write in the clever dialects Stan Lee and Roy Thomas mastered so well, nor do they make any effort to study how it's done. And that, coupled with the crossovers and contrived fights between superheroes instead of against supervillains, is just one more reason why mainstream comics aren't fun anymore.

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