Date: September 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2015 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
It’s About Time!
It has been several months since my last comic book review. Not that I stopped reading comics – oh no – I was just a little bit swamped with other things in life. In that intervening time, however, I was finally able to watch Thor: The Dark World. I thought it was OK, but not superb. How do I know this? Because even now, just months after watching it, I had to look up a plot summary to remember exactly what happened! That’s definitely not the sign of a great movie. Anyway, I did like the parts about the evil dark elf Malekith. Just the other day I got to thinking that I have the comics where he makes his first appearance, so I thought I’d continue my pseudo-streak of reviewing older Thor comics. Lucky you!
Thankfully, there is no “cookie incident” in this issue like there was in the last one! But this issue does carry on the Malekith storyline, and does a pretty good job of it too. It starts with Roger and Thor sneaking up and gaining entrance to the fortress of the Dark Elves. Once inside they have loads of problems, what with the water elementals and the gobs of Elves trying to kill them! Nevertheless, they triumph over these minor setbacks and eventually encounter Malekith and his goons. But things end badly when Thor falls into a deep, dark pit, Roger is blinded, and Malekith recovers the Cask of Ancient Winters – which he promptly uses to summon a powerful beast from another universe!
As is usual for Mr. Simonson, there are some other stories going on in this issue too. One of them is about Balder attacking a giant sand devil with only a stick and his bare hands – in order to save a beautiful woman from certain death. After miraculously saving her, it turns out she is really one of the three Sisters of Fate, and the siblings have been waiting many years for Balder to arrive.
The other small story thread running through this issue concerns Odin charging the Warriors Three with gathering men in preparation for some upcoming and all important battle.
My 2 Cents:
- Story: – I thought all the story threads in this issue were very cool, and interesting to read. Plus they all left me wanting a little more – which makes me look forward to the next issue!
- Art: – Once again Simonson’s art is very much up to par and didn’t disappoint. Where it really shines, though, is in the big, splashy panels – which were full of excellent detail!
- Fun Factor: – This was a great comic to read! With issues like this I can certainly see why Walt Simonson’s run on Thor is legendary!
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