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Thor #602: Review

Aug 2009
J. Michael Straczynski, Marko Djurdjevic

Story Name:

Uncertain Destinies

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #602 Review by (October 8, 2012)
Review: The dark plot moves ahead to a very grim climax as we learn of Doctor Doom’s gruesome researches followed by the killing of Bill in a violent climax. This makes the opening with the comical Volstagg/Beth Sooner scenes brighter by comparison (and who would have thought that Marko Djurdjevic could match Olivier Coipel in his cute portrayals of the people of Broxton?) For another mood shift that works well, there’s the poignant Bill and Kelda romantic scene, with some racy dialogue—and finally we discover what Kelda sees in the small-town mortal: after centuries of immortality she is again able to see things new through his innocent eyes. An outstanding issue.

Comments: Story continues in THOR GIANT-SIZE FINALE #1.

Ignore the Review and Comments below; they belong with issue #603!

Review: So Sif is finally rescued and we can stop worrying about her. Fine and dandy. And Loki is a boy again. So he’s not so creepy anymore. Nice guest role for Dr. Strange even if he only appears here to facilitate some plot contrivances (Thor is now tied to Mjolnir!)


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #602 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At a New York hospital, cancer patient Mrs. Chambers goes into cardiac arrest. With a flash of intuition, Dr. Jane Foster knows that the dying woman is the human host of the missing Lady Sif. She hastily calls Don Blake in Broxton with the urgent news; Don strikes his damaged stick on the ground and the power of broken Mjolnir summons Thor but also renders him unconscious. When the Thunder God awakens after much lost time, he visits Dr. Strange in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and asks the sorcerer to repair Mjolnir. Strange tells him it can be done but the magicks needed for the operation would drain the Odinforce from Thor and bind his life to his hammer’s much more closely, meaning that if the hammer was again broken, Thor might also die. Thor agrees and the spells are cast; he hurries to the hospital where he is able to draw Sif’s spirit out of Mrs. Chambers just as the old woman dies. From the void Don communicates with the spirit of Rose Chambers and she is grateful that she was able to do some good in the world as she died….

Bill Junior has joined Kelda in the Asgardians’ new home and hopes to fit in but he is shocked to discover that they are in Latveria, domain of Doctor Doom. (Loki tells Doom he is pleased with how the new situation is turning out.) Bill tries to warn Balder that Doom is a villain but Balder explains that, despite his own misgivings, a change of scenery was needed for the people of Asgard. If Bill is wrong, the Aesir will be happy; if not, they will have a common enemy. Outside a trio of ruffians picks a fight with Bill but Kelda intervenes, giving him a deadly spear of ice with which to defend himself. The toughs back down but continue to try to goad Bill into challenging them. He confides in her that he hopes to find a way to help Balder. The king of Asgard, meanwhile, seeks counsel of Heimdall, who can only foresee death….

Marko Djurdjevic
Mark Morales
Paul Mounts
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Penciler)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Inker)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Bill Junior, Kelda.

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