The God of Thunder visits The Big Easy

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An excerpt from Thor #3, written by J. Michael Straczynski

…but the god of storms was not here when the hurricane came, and the knowledge that he could have tamed the winds and turned back the sea burns him to the core. That, and the questions.If he was not here…then where were the other heroes?Why were not force fields erected? Why were tides not evaporated by heat and blast? why were buildings not supported by strength of arms and steel?why this?

Despite the fact that all forms of media can potentially be used as instruments of social change, more often than not, our real-world tragedies aren’t directly reflected in our entertainment media – Friends for example, was a 9/11 free world, and many would say thankfully so. These are supposed to be our escape from the trials of the real world. But it’s a relief to see something like this; a mainstream comic that addresses, even in passing, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the disorganization which continues to delay the city’s reconstruction. Sure, his visit to New Orleans quickly devolves into a beautifully illustrated knock-down-drag-out fight with Iron Man, but for a couple pages, we see the city’s struggle and see some regular guys stand up to those who were supposed to protect them. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s also provoked political discussion (albeit sometimes immature and uninformed) on a comic book forum.And in an unrelated but interesting bit of comic book urban planning, upon his return to Earth, Thor relocated Asgard to Oklahoma, paying for the land with Norse Treasure. Flyover country no more (at least in the Marvel Universe), the middle of America is now home to the Norse Gods.

2 replies on “The God of Thunder visits The Big Easy”

Hey there! Rob Walker of No Notes passed on your blog, and I refer to it in a post I just did on my ongoing webcomic about Hurricane Katrina, “A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.” Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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