By Jim Beard
|Thor: Rescue preview art by Kevin Sharpe|
With "Thor" taking the country by storm, Marvel Comics partners with the fine folks at Dr Pepper to reveal an exclusive comic story, THOR: RESCUE, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Released one panel at a time and only on the official Dr Pepper website, the saga boasts the combined talents of writer Jeff Parker and artist Kevin Sharpe, with inks by Alvaro Lopez and colors by Dan Brown.
“Bill Rosemann, the editor of this project, knows I love Thor, so he called me up and BAM,” explains Parker of his involvement in the project. “The ‘early adventures’ time frame [of the story] is what Dr Pepper and Marvel Studios asked for…so we delivered!
“It has to feel true to the movie and the books--and mythic. This is a younger Thor who hasn't quite angered his father enough to need the lesson in humility.”
As the writer says, THOR: RESCUE finds a young Odinson off on a mission into the dangerous wilderness of Asgard, sent by his father to find a family friend and accompanied only by the beauteous Sif. And yes, as you might expect, nothing goes strictly according to the brash Thor’s expectations.
|Thor: Rescue preview art by Kevin Sharpe|
“Drawing the movie versions of Thor and Sif was a blast,” enthuses Sharpe about the story. “The aim, in some respects, was to draw the movie versions translated to the comic book world, so likenesses weren't the focal point, but I was really happy [with the results]. The costumes were more detailed and intricate than the comic version--just more flourishes of style that I had to really dig in and learn. Some things were similar, like the scalemail on the arms, the cape, but things like the breastplate area and torso had a lot of design stuff going on. It took just a bit to get it down, but when I did it was really fun to draw. There were lots of textures to draw so that also helped.
“All in all, I loved drawing this story. Getting to draw an iconic Marvel character like Thor and then to be involved, even in a small way, in something related to such a powerfully beautiful and epic looking movie like ‘Thor,’ that was a bonus. Many Thanks to Bill Rosemann and [assistant editor] John Denning for letting me be a part of this.”
Both writer and artist appreciated the challenges involved with crafting a comic that would be published in such a unique manner. Parker explains a bit more about the set-up.
|Thor: Rescue cover art by Billy Tan|
“Because Dr Pepper is releasing the story as a panel-a-day at their website, I wrote it to unfold in a different way than I would if I were doing regular pages, but it's not too different,” he says. “The way the story builds still works as a regular comic when you put them together--Kevin made sure of that. He did beautiful work on this, as you'll see.”
Sharpe modestly describes his focus on the story’s art as “just making sure that the action is fun and pops, but also reads well.”
“Its easy to draw a big ‘POW’ moment, but doing it in a way that also tells and moves the story along is the real challenge,” he notes. “[I'm] always trying to get better in different ways that the reader might not see, but, hopefully subconsciously, they get it--or I haven't done my job. And Jeff Parker is great; I have had fun with his scripts. I’m a fan.
“The reward for me here was the chance to improve. I’m always thinking out what I’m doing, but sometimes maybe that hinders the energy in the drawings and layouts--it’s a balance. I’m not sure I'm there yet, but it’s the pursuit that’s the reward and I hope that I've done right by Jeff's script.”
Fans of the Thunder God can read the exclusive digital comic now at: http://www.drpepper.com/promotions/thor/comic/
For more Thor, visit the film's official site and our "Thor" movie page!
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In addition to "Thor," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011; "Marvel's The Avengers" on May 4, 2012; and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.
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