Toss me on the side of Thor should’ve murdered Superman. Askia, your reasoning behind why Thor’s hammer wouldn’t affect Superman was kind of convoluted, it’d be like saying Wonder Woman’s sword shouldn’t have been able to cut Superman in Kingdom Come because the sword was enchanted to be sharp and wasn’t just generically magical. Thor’s hammer, among its other enchantment’s, is designed to be dense enough for Thor to beat the crap out of anything with it. Superman’s worthiness aside, when he put his hand up to catch Thor’s hammer he shouldn’t have caught it, it should have broken his hand. And let’s not forget that Thor is a god, and to me that means “magical being”, at least as far as gods have been treated in comics goes. Thor might as well be made out of kryptonite when it comes to fighting Superman.
Also, a quick nitpick, Superman, Green Lantern, et al, haven’t been able to toss around planets since COIE, as their extreme power levels made them difficult to write (or so they claim). IIRC, I heard that Superman could lift a mountain if pressed, which would seem to put him in Thor’s strength class.
Mind you I don’t necessarily think that Superman isn’t more powerful than Thor, it’s just that Thor’s stock in trade is one of Superman’s Achilles heels. If this was the pre-Crisis Superman, however, I’d be with big blue all the way: he wouldn’t have to get close to Thor, he could just fry him from orbit with his heat vision that burns with the power of a billion suns or whatever.
As for my opinion of JLA/Avengers: Eh, I’m let down. Busiek drives me nuts, one minute putting out stuff I love like Astro City or his early Avengers run, the next he puts out stuff that is a bit over the top and cheesy like his late Avengers run, and unfortunately JLA/Avengers falls into the latter category. The story jumps around far too much and is a bit too cosmic on top of being done before (I expect cosmic in a book like this, but so far the plot has been a close rehash of DC vs. Marvel), and I thought that a lot of the characterization was a bit off. Unless they can come up with a reason for Supes to be such a prick, even the lame plot device known as mind control would do, I find it completely ridiculous that he’d spend five minutes on a planet and decide its heroes suck. Not the attitude I’d expect of someone worthy of wielding Mjolnir.
I’m also disappointed in Perez’s art. Although the pencils are as crisp and clear as you’d expect from Perez I found his storytelling confusing. Normally he’s an excellent storyteller, with one each panel flowing logically from the previous one, but with all the extra panels he’s throwing in on the sides I find my myself wondering where to look next and losing track of what’s going on.
On the plus side I’ve loved individual panels and splashes Perez has done, Thor’s hammer and the Rodney King style pile-on of Superman by the Avengers being particularly pleasing. I’ve also dug how (for the most part) Busiek gets most of the fights happening about how I think they should, with She-Hulk giving a whuppin’ to Aquaman (I’m still bitter that he beat Namor, a guy with Hulk level strength, in DC vs. Marvel) as a prime example, plus I love the twists he tosses out on the heroes powers, like Flash losing connection to the speed force in the Marvel U, or Quicksilver trying in vain to access the speed force in the DC U. And the “They’re just a bunch of Squadron Supreme wannabes” line was classic.
Overall I think there have been some enjoyable bits in the series so far, and honestly I’d say that the series is worth my money, but unfortunately I’d say it’s worth about two dollars of my money and not five.