Growing up, I enjoyed stories with Thor, but he was never my favorite. I think the King James-style dialogue made it kind of hard to relate to him. Well, a couple of months ago I picked up the Thor relaunch by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel, and it blew me away. Straczynski does such a great job of incorporating the mythological characters into modern day Earth in fun and unique way (Asgard in Oklahoma?). And Coipel’s art… wow. The guy’s characters really feel solid and powerful, without being over-the-top. He’s just one the most impressive artists I’ve seen in years and has inspired me to get better.
My sketch of Thor has him in the new outfit from this series. It was fun to work with the highlights of the lightning in white sharpie.