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The Mighty Thor #17: Review

Jul 2012
Matt Fraction, Pepe Larraz

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3.5 stars

The Mighty Thor #17 Review by (July 28, 2013)
Review: The comical (I hope it was intentional) tale wraps up with some bashing, a happy ending for Don Blake’s severed head, and presumably one for the Goth kid. The menacing monsters of the previous issues are revealed to have been merely trying to tell everyone to respect them. The huge monstrous Keep ends up serving no real purpose and the Enchantress likewise (really, why was she in the story other than to decapitate Don?). Jeff’s lecture on the importance of dreams looks like it fell out of a 1970s comic; why was he in the story too? In fact, why didn’t this arc have a real plot? It comes down to “The Mare are released and they immediately jump on people and mess with their dreams merely to tell them to leave the Mare alone.” Seriously they couldn’t just come out and say this, instead of pulling us through an elaborate mind-numbing adventure? Minimal plot, thin characterization, silly dialogue, and goofy situations: Matt Fraction wrote a parody and I hope he meant to.

Comments: Part five of five.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Keep, having been growing steadily through the story arc, is now a beaked giant and it attacks Thor in the throne room of Asgardia. The Thunder God is brought up short by the Enchantress’ revelation that her paramour was created based on the template of Don Blake, whose animated head rests nearby….

In the nightmare world of Marelock, Jeff Fischer falls asleep again and dreams himself into a miles-high amphitheater where The Mare sit in judgment on him. Idunn tries to awaken him but is halted by one of the Dire Monks. Then some idiot turns out the lights…

Thor and (10% of) Don have a heart-to-head talk. While Don was only a brief portion of the Thunder God’s long life, Thor was the central part of Don’s and he is angry that it all ended years ago. The angered Thor wants revenge against Amora but The Keep comes to her rescue. Thor is disgusted at Amora’s affection for this manufactured shadow of a god….

The Mare tell Jeff that they were banished long ago by Odin who did not understand that they communicate only through dreams. The mild-mannered creatures now fear to cross into the Nine Worlds because they are seen as monsters. Jeff gives an impassioned defense of dreams as what makes human existence bearable, giving himself as an example…

Thor and The Keep bash each other around the throne room until the All-Mother awakens and calls halt. Freyja orders Amora and her monster out of Asgardia; the minx spits some defiance but Thor clobbers them both and drags them out to the World Tree where he hurls them into the abyss….

Later, Thor brings the All-Mother the requests of The Mare: they want freedom and a voice in Parliament. And they have granted Thor a favor: they have the head of Don Blake kept safely inside a dream world where he lives a happy fulfilled life….

Jeff Fischer returns home to stand up to his abusive dad and starts drafting a message to his institutionalized pal Cyrus on how he finally met The Deconsecrator.

Pepe Larraz
Pepe Larraz
Wil Quintana
Walt Simonson (Cover Penciler)
Walt Simonson (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: All-Mother (Freyja, Gaia, Idunn), The Keep, The Mare.

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