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Thor #345
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March 16th, 2014 by Rusty

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Thor #345 cover

Thor #345

Date: July 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 NM Price: $4.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Hammer Strikes” letters page.
Story & Art: Walter Simonson
Other Artists: John Workman, Jr., Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: A search for the Casket of Ancient Winters!

Beware of Helpful Women?

If there is one subtle take-away from this issue it is this: that characters in Thor should *always* be wary of beautiful or helpful women. Why is that? Well, because in this comic those kinds of women are nothing but trouble, that’s why! The doctor’s secretary, Melodi, the jail guard and especially the hot woman in the car – they all have really mean ulterior motives. For the most part they get what’s coming to them… but the car woman – she turns out to be something very different (and very bad) indeed!

Synopsis:

As is par for the Simonson Thor books, this issue has many story lines in it. Unlike last issue, which was mostly about Balder and his journey to visit Loki, this one returns (for the most part) to Thor’s story – although it does so in a roundabout sort of way. The books begins with one Dr. Willis capturing his secretary, tying her up and forcing her to eat burgers – which destroys her body for some strange reason. Too bad for Dr. Willis that some police officers are nearby and hear her scream, so they take the good doctor into the local precinct for questioning. It turns out that one of the guard ladies is “looking” for him, but he gets out of her grips by force feeding her a french fry! Off he goes, trying to get away from these dangerous people that are chasing him. Meanwhile, Sigurd (aka Thor) and Melodi (aka Lorelei) take a carriage ride through Central park. Aw, how sweet. After which she invites him back to her place, where she mixes up some drinks and then changes into something more comfortable. Well, we all know what that really means – and as she is about to seduce our disguised hero he gets word from Jarvis about a “Casket of Ancient Winters” and the evil dark elf that is after it. So he flees from Melodi, turns back into Thor, and learns that Malekith is the one tracking this casket thingy. Finally we see Dr. Willis fleeing some minions when a beautiful, irresistible woman saves him with her car. No sooner are they away than she charms him with her unnatural feminine wiles, gets the casket info out of him, sucks his life away, and changes into her true self – Malekith! Oh, and we also get to see one page of the doom forger saying he is going to strike a second blow against Asgard – whatever that means.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – I thought this was a great story! I liked the mystery surrounding the casket, and the slow seduction that Melodi is putting on Sigurd. However, it was just too weird seeing the doctor force people to eat fast food that destroyed them. The editors promise that we’ll find out why in next issue, but it was still a little bit too strange.
  • Art: 3 stars – The art, sadly, was just average in this issue. Simonson is strange when it comes to art – some books are incredible, are some are just normal – like this one.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – I enjoyed reading this book despite its weird plot devices and average art. I still thought it was cool enough to be really fun, and it totally made me want to jump right into the next issue. (And the good thing about reading older comics is that I can do just that!)

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