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Thor #342
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September 14th, 2013 by Rusty

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Thor #342 cover

Thor #342

Date: April 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Hammer Strikes” letters page
Story & Pencils: Walter Simonson
Other Artists: Terry Austin, John Workman, Jr., Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Thor goes to Antarctica.

The Bottom of the World!

I am a big fan of science programs on TV, especially the ones on PBS – like Nature and Nova. Every time they show scientists and animals in Antarctica I always think it would be fun to go there… but only for a little while. Seeing the penguins and the harsh environment, or studying sea ice would be totally interesting! Anyway, here is an issue where Thor goes to that very continent – but it’s not for scientific research!

Synopsis:

In Thor #341 we saw our blond hero save a beautiful woman whilst battling an ancient Godzilla-like monster. This issue starts at the site of the battle where Sigurd Jarlson (aka Thor) is thanked by the woman, who says she will look him up later. (!) Thor then decides it is time to figure out where the voice he’s been hearing is coming from, so he flies off with his trusty hammer to see if he can pinpoint the source. His travels lead him to Antarctica, where he finds a strange, warm, green valley in the middle of the continent. The valley has signs of ancient Vikings, but appears abandoned now. Throwing all caution to the wind Thor enters a mysterious tunnel only to find himself trapped and fighting for his life! Sheesh – see what happens when you think so highly of yourself! After much battle Thor finally finds an old man who tells him the story of how his ancestors got to this place.

Also, the series continues with its short teasers of other story lines. The reader is tantalized by tiny glimpses of a feast at Valhalla, a devilish forger of doom who wipes out Odin’s ravens, lonely Baldur being offered help and comfort by the beautiful Karnilla, Fafnir (the Godzilla-like monster) wreaking havoc on South Bronx and the lady Thor saved planning his demise – oh my!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – An interesting story, especially the part about the green valley, but ultimately a little too fantastical for my tastes.
  • Art: 3 stars – Mr. Simonson didn’t ink his own art in this issue, and I’m not sure if that was what made the art sub-par or not, but it just wasn’t as good as it has been.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – There was some good action that kept my attention nicely, and I actually enjoyed the short teasers this time!

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