Comic Browser:


Thor #4: Review

Dec 2007
J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel

Story Name:

No Borders

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #4 Review by (September 4, 2012)
Review: Another real-life tragedy becomes the backdrop for Thor’s heroics and the discovery of more friends (see last issue); actually it’s the same story but the details are changed (and Iron Man was inserted into the last issue). This time JMS manages to explain why the superheroes never got involved—because Africa must solve its own problems. Ambitious idea actually manages to shoehorn some human drama into the heroics (again, like last issue). The African scenes are quite well done as are the Thor scenes. They just don’t mesh very well—but better than we had a right to expect.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #4 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Dr. Ernest Lebreaux of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) recruits Don Blake for a humanitarian mission to Africa. In a refugee camp in an area torn by civil war, Don and other team members minister to the suffering with an act of God the only hope for a peaceful solution. Don is introduced to the team’s three guards, German Rolf Mueller, American Leo Kincaid, and British Trevor Newly just as the enemy Ngare stage an attack on the camp. A wounded Don finds his stick and strikes it on the ground, transforming into Thor. The Thunder God quickly ends the conflict, scaring the Ngare attackers away. Impressed with the performance of the three soldiers who were seemingly brought together by chance in a place called Umeme Mungu (Lightning God), Thor recognizes them as the hosts of the Warriors Three—Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral. The head of the refugee camp persuades them not to pursue the retreating enemy—that it would not end the conflict, and that Africa must solve its own problems. Thor does make one contribution: he blasts a chasm between the two tribes’ territories creating a zone of protection while they work out a solution.

Back in Asgard, Thor welcomes his friends home and asks Heimdall for his aid in locating the rest of their fallen friends….

Olivier Coipel
Mark Morales
Laura Martin
Olivier Coipel (Cover Penciler)
Mark Morales (Cover Inker)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Hogun the Grim)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

> Thor: Book info and issue index

Share This Page