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Thor #22: Review

Feb 2022
Donny Cates, Nic Klein

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God of Hammers Part Four of Five

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #22 Review by (February 16, 2022)

Review: More new powers for Thor, not unlike the first story arc in this series. And I’ve been writing up older Thor issues for this site and I began to wonder when Thor stopped being noble and worthy in a moral sense? Back in his first four decades of comic book life Thor was morally superior if not entirely understanding of humanity’s concerns. But when we reached the first decade of this century it seems that Loki’s conversion from God of Evil to charming anti-hero was accompanied by Thor’s transition from noble god to badly flawed hero, herein impressing the villain with the kind of selfless act that was once characteristic of Thor. And Odin fared even worse, going from the personification of wisdom and justice to a broken-down, self-centered, clueless oligarch whose sins have been piling up for decades. And I like the old situation better. But here we are: the writing and art are, as always, excellent but I don’t care for the characters as much as I used to.

Comments: Sif appears off-stage. Other heroes shown in Beta Ray Bill’s summoning who are not seen clearly in the big battle include Invisible Woman, Human Torch, Volstagg, Captain Marvel, Lockheed, and Man-Thing. Man-Thing? Bats, Dr. Strange’s ghost dog, is seen on the cover but not inside the issue. Don Blake’s release and revenge against Thor was in issues #9-14.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #22 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Sensing that Thor is in trouble, Beta Ray Bill sends out a summons to all of Thor’s allies and friends to come to his rescue….

In Broxton, Thor snaps his broken arm back into place and binds it in cloth. The God of Thunder then addresses the living Mjolnir, offering to beat the demonic Mangog out of it. But Mjolnir isn’t possessed but intertwined, giving the hammer a voice for the first time. The monster splits the ground and Thor must save the injured Odin from falling into a crevasse. He calls for Sif but a portal opens up and a variety of heroes emerge to back Thor: Doctor Strange, Thing, Wolverine, Angela, Throg, Lockjaw, Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man, Reed Richards, and many more. Mjolnir repels them with a blast. The heroes’ attacks do not affect the monster. Thor prays to his mother to give him her power to protect those in need and to save his father. She grants the request and a massive tornado surrounds Thor and Mjolnir, pushing the others back to safety. Freyja reminds everyone that Thor’s mother is Gaia and she is pretty powerful….

Inside the storm, Mjolnir is proud of Thor’s willingness to put others before himself. Mjolnir explains that she was the Mother Storm which Odin trapped in the hammer; once united with Mangog, she learned the gods need a reckoning for their misdeeds. So they are setting Odin’s toys free—including Don Blake, trapped in the false world. Thor uses his increased powers to trap the Mjolnir spirit in stone. While she tries to break out, Odin apologizes to Thor for all of his wrongdoing but acknowledges Thor to be the greatest thing he ever made. Odin also reveals that he could never give all of the Odin-force away while he lived. Odin burns himself into nothing and the Mjolnir/Mangog being stands beholding the new all-powerful Thor….

Nic Klein
Nic Klein
Matthew Wilson
Nic Klein (Cover Penciler)
Nic Klein (Cover Inker)
Nic Klein (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Peter Parker)

(Ben Grimm)


(James Howlett)

Plus: Gaia, Lockjaw, Throg (Frog Thor).

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