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Thor #80: Review

Aug 2004
Daniel Berman, Andrea Di Vito

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Ragnarok Part The First

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #80 Review by (August 15, 2012)
Review: What? They are actually going to do Ragnarok? That’s the end of Norse mythology—everybody dies, there’s no coming back, Thor and his buddies are Uncle Ben and Bucky dead. And therein lay the rub: this was an audacious way to tie in to Avengers Disassembled but it seemed a bit too extreme—how do you bring them back? Surely Thor won’t become a brainwashed ex-Soviet assassin? More importantly, what do you do for an encore? As Marvel would demonstrate, the same thing a few more times. But at this point it was a brilliant idea. The art is marvelous, bringing the world of Norse myth to life in the tradition of Lee and Kirby’s Tales of Asgard back in the early days. The prologue is especially nice, covering from creation to the start of this story arc in only six pages. And they even manage to work in Cap and Shellhead! And the two fish out of water will acquit themselves in the next issue.

Comments: Cover: “Avengers Disassembled Prologue.” Deaths of Amora the Enchantress and the Midgard Serpent.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #80 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Prologue: At the beginning of all things, Odin and his brothers slew the giant Ymir and created the universe from his body. Then Odin created the race of Dwarves and when he needed a great weapon, he had the dwarf smith Eitri create a mold from the heart of a sun and forged Mjolnir, the mighty hammer. With this weapon, Odin slew the giant Laufey and adopted the giant’s son Loki as his own, raising him as brother to his son Thor. When Thor came of age, Odin gave him Mjolnir and Loki burned with jealousy and plotted revenge. Loki sought out the mold to create another such hammer and Eitri attempted to hide it but the mold and its creator were lost in the great river Vuluspa. Now Loki has finally located his prize….

All the gods of Asgard assemble to attend the funeral of Eitri. Suddenly the Dwarves’ mountain is shaken by the blows of Surtur the Fire Demon forging copies of Mjolnir. The funeral is invaded by Loki and his allies—Fenris the Wolf, Ulik the Troll, and Hyrm the Frost Giant, each armed with a demon-forged hammer—who do battle with the Aesir, killing many. Thor attacks his foes and Mjolnir meets its evil counterparts in a massive explosion that devastates the mountains, leaving a smoking crater. Mjolnir is broken into three pieces. Loki then blasts Thor sending him to the bottom of the sea where, he is attacked by the Midgard Serpent. Despairing that he is the only survivor of Asgard, Thor summons his friends on Earth—Captain America and Iron Man—and is drawn to their world where the waters put out a fire they had been fighting. Thor then mutters the call, "Avengers assemble.…"

Andrea Di Vito
Andrea Di Vito
Laura Villari
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Steve Epting (Cover Inker)
Laura Villari (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Hogun the Grim)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Loki Laufeyson)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Frost Giants, Hyrm the Giant, Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon), Ymir (Frost Giant King).

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