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Thor #339
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May 17th, 2013 by Rusty

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Thor #339 cover

Thor #339

Date: January 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 NM Price: $6.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “Page O’Thor Stuff”
Story & Art: Walter Simonson
Other Artists: John Workman, Jr., George Roussos
Notable Notes: Odin forges a new hammer!

A New Hammer?

When I was little I would carry around my dad’s hammer and pretend that I was Thor. I loved the whole idea of Mjolnir, especially how no one else could lift it – even the Hulk! Anyway, I consider Thor’s hammer to be one of his most defining characteristics, and so I find this issue to be very intriguing – seeing as how Odin crafts a new hammer which is very similar to Mjolnir!

Synopsis:

Thor #338 ended with Beta Ray Bill besting Thor in combat – gasp! So this issue begins as the 2 of them return to a stunned crowd in Asgard, where both warriors are so worn out that Odin commands that they both be taken to the royal House of Healing. While recuperating Bill tells Odin that he feels uncomfortable winning Thor’s hammer, so Odin comes up with a great plan: have the dwarfs of Nidavellir make another hammer with similar enchantments on it. Good thinking one eye! Except the dwarfs trick Odin into sending Sif to their valley to do battle. That’s OK, because not only is she hot but she is a darn good warrior too, and has no trouble defending herself. Anyway, after lots of tidbits from other story-lines, the dwarfs and Odin finally create a magical hammer called “Storm Breaker.” Now, with 2 heavily armed warriors, the new best friends of Thor and Bill take off in a goat-drawn carriage to save Bill’s people from the demons! Chaaaaaarge!

My 2 Cents:

  • A very cool story! The main story with Beta Ray Bill, Thor and Odin was just fascinating. The only slight nitpick I have is that there were a few other story-lines that didn’t get the time they deserved. One page about Volstagg telling Baldur’s story, some powerful entity forging a weapon of doom and a monster attacking a lighthouse just didn’t cut it. I think it would have been better to save those stories until they could be told fully.
  • Once again Walt Simonson’s art was mostly really good. 95% of the time it was very nice and very cool – but there were just a few panels that were a little strange.
  • The story of the dwarfs was also quite neat. At first I thought it was going to be lame, but it ended up surprising me in a good sort of way. Kudos!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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