Monday, 18 May 2015

Changing Gods

Last night, for a change from Latin verse or American English prose, I reread parts of the graphic work, The Ultimates by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, a superior version of the Marvel Comics superhero team, the Avengers. Of course, I found a parallel with Poul Anderson: the Ultimates include Thor.

However, this is a New Age Thor who defends anti-war demonstrators against the police and calls the US a new Roman Empire! The reference to the Roman Empire is a second parallel. But is the Ultimates Thor inauthentic? He is certainly un-Eddaic but, as I pointed out here, our gods have grown up with us. Poul Anderson, of course, shows us the process in "Star of the Sea." See in particular "The Evolving Goddess," and "Anses And Wanes."

Addendum: For authentic comic strip adaptations of Odin and Thor, see Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Season Of Mists.

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