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Thor #17: Review

Nov 1999
Dan Jurgens, John Romita Jr.

Story Name:

The Eighth Day Part 1

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Thor #17 Review by (February 17, 2020)

Review: Very cool issue has Thor losing to a bad guy who takes off, leaving the hero behind and then is immediately caught in battle with a bad guy who kicks his butt and leaves him behind. Not a great day for Thor. The art by John Romita Jr is better than usual and Klaus Janson’s inking gives it a greater solidity so that we can almost feel the thuds of the fight. Plus: The Flames of Truth is a pretty nice search engine—or was Loki just feeling lucky?

Comments: First appearance/origin of Conquest, Bedlam. Gregory Wright and Matt Hicks share the colorist job this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #17 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Continued from IRON MAN (1998) #21.

At a sidewalk café, a dude is proposing to his girlfriend when Thor comes crashing down into the street. The God of Thunder is in combat with Enrakt of the Enchanters Three while the other two are threatening Odin in Asgard; he hurls Mjolnir at his foe—and Enrakt catches it and throws it back. The Enchanter takes off into another plane and Thor is ready to follow—until he sees a greater disaster on the ground. Juggernaut is wreaking havoc in New York City and Thor chooses to let Odin fend for himself, clouting the massive villain to save a cop rescuing a child. Thor finds Juggernaut to be much more powerful than usual and when the officer and child are safely away, Juggy smashes Thor into a wall and stalks off….

In Asgard, Loki is watching this battle and calls on the Flames of Truth to tell him more about Juggernaut. He sees Cain Marko find the gem that gives him the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and searches for related incidents. He learns the Eight Day has arrived: in Northern Ireland, Bridget Malone finds the Kestrel Key of Krakkan and she is transformed into Conquest and in Kenya, Olisa Kabaki discovers the Ivory Idol of Ikonn and becomes Bedlam, the next two Exemplars. Loki is interrupted by Tarakis and dismisses him in the guise of Odin….

Back in New York, Thor is trying to stop Juggernaut’s rampage but the massive monster wraps the Thunder God in a deadly bear hug. Then Conquest and Bedlam appear and separate the two combatants, hurling Thor far away before they vanish with Juggernaut. Thor must decide whether to help Odin—or save mankind….

Continued in IRON MAN (1998)#22.

“Fast Lane Part 1 of 4: Media Blitz”

Writer: Glenn Herdling. Pencils: Gregg Schigiel. Inks: Richard Case. Colors: Paul Mounts.

Synopsis: An anti-drug public service announcement featuring Spider-Man appearing in several Marvel comics this month.

John Romita Jr.
Klaus Janson
John Romita Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Klaus Janson (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Cain Marko)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Peter Parker)


Plus: Enchanters Three.

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