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Immortal Thor #5: Review

Dec 2023
Al Ewing, Martin Coccolo

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Caveat Emptor

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Immortal Thor #5 Review by (December 20, 2023)

Review: In a first, the pretentious opening quote is in Latin sans translation. Not to worry, the rest of the issue is still readable with the new Thor Corps able to defeat Toranos, though it seems the job only needed Thor to hand Mjolnir to Toranos to win. And soon we’ll find out about Dario Agger’s scheme. We end with the least surprising last page reveal of the century as we discover that Skurge is working with…the same person he has been working with since JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #103 in 1964, the Enchantress. This next plot had better be good as from the two bits we’ve seen its looks like a retread of Dario Agger’s scheme in IMMORTAL HULK.

Comments: Title is the Latin saying, “Let the buyer beware.” Valkyrie Jane Foster’s story is in AVENGERS, INC #3. Storm is currently Regent of Arrako, a terraformed Mars, colonized as a refuge for the mutants of the earthly Arrako; for further detail, see S.W.O.R.D Vol. 2. Issue includes a tribute to the late Keith Giffin, penciler for Marvel and DC, co-creator of Rocket Raccoon.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Immortal Thor #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Prologue: Millennia ago, the Demiurge created gods who fought among themselves for power. But Gaia had a vision of a different cycle and so…

Toranos has returned to Earth to face the new Thor Corps, assembled by Thor Odinson. They are Jane Foster, Beta Ray Bill, Loki, and Storm, each empowered by Mjolnir for 60 seconds until they touch the magic hammer again. And so as they face their ancient enemy, they toss Mjolnir back and forth among themselves to maintain the highest levels of power amongst them. As the hammer flips back and forth, Toranos tries to grab it but fails every time. Then Loki hurls the hammer straight at Toranos’ head…and the creature catches it—and is transformed into a Thor because he is clearly worthy. And the power of Thor is the power to hold back the storm, the power to be worthy. And so Toranos develops a conscience, the ability to wield the power with compassion and humility—and he suffers from the knowledge of what he has done in his life. As he fades from view, he calls out to Thor that he did only what he was set upon the Earth to do by his brother Utgard-Loki and Thor’s mother Gaia….

Thor wants to know what he meant by this last statement but he is gone. Thor thanks Storm for her help and offers to aid her in her latest adventure, which she declines. Thor thanks Beta Ray Bill while apologizing for not having acted as a friend to him in the past. Loki offers a magic portal to send Jane home as Mister Horse is exhausted. Jane tells Thor something is amiss in Valhalla and there is an omen that a warrior holding Mjolnir will soon die. Thor seems okay for now and Jane then reveals that Odin, who is behind this, has loosed a soul from Valhalla as his agent…

…Skurge the Executioner who is meeting with Dario Agger about whether they can work together against Thor in an upcoming mission and Skurge introduces his friend, Amora the Enchantress….

Martin Coccolo
Martin Coccolo
Matthew Wilson
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.



(Loki Laufeyson)

(Ororo Munroe)


(Jane Foster)

Plus: Dario Agger (Minotaur).

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