Date: August 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: Everyone is racing to find the Casket of Ancient Winters!
A Weakness For Cookies?
I love me a good cookie – especially if it has chocolate chips in it! I’ll readily admit that I have a weakness for cookies, but do you think any of the Marvel superheroes do too? Well, apparently Thor does! The hands-down lamest part of this issue is when the Son of Odin is duped by a police-officer who offers him laced cookies! C’mon! Oh well, I guess it’s good to know that our heroes have some weaknesses just like us… right?
Thor #345 gave us an introduction to the evil elf Malekith, and this issue continues on with that story. It begins when a normal man named Roger Willis is attacked while trying to retrieve the hidden Casket of Ancient Winters, and we soon learn that he is related to the recently deceased guardian of said casket. Well, Thor’s rush to find this man leads him to the local precinct (where the absurd cookie incident takes place!) and eventually to a traffic jammed bridge where a pack of magical hounds and Malekith are fighting to retrieve the infamous casket. It is here that Thor and Mr. Willis are nearly defeated – until they learn that the bridge is made of iron, which is an accursed metal to Malekith’s kind! Whew – that was lucky! The evil elf doesn’t give up so easily, though, and he beats Thor to his lady-friend’s house where he takes Lorelei hostage and leaves a dis-heartening ransom message for our hero! Wow – this Malekith is turning out to be quite evil indeed!
My 2 Cents:
- Story: – This was an average story with average plot twists. The best part was the involvement of the Casket.
- Art: – Again, a rather average issue on this front. I like Simonson’s art, and it doesn’t disappoint in this issue… but it doesn’t overly impress either.
- Fun Factor: – Despite the “average-ness” of this issue I still quite enjoyed reading it! Malekith, the Casket, Mr. Willis, the hounds and Lorelei were all fun elements in this story!
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