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Thor #202: Review

Aug 1972
Gerry Conway, John Buscema

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--And None Dare Stand 'Gainst Ego-Prime!

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4.5 stars

Thor #202 Review by (August 30, 2022)

Review: Last issue finally wrapped up the battle with Pluto so we can now concentrate on the long-awaited war with Ego-Prime. The result is an issue that is nearly all action, including the subplot with Heimdall which doesn’t involve Ego-Prime. The only break is when Grand Vizier agonizes over the war with Ego-Prime and gives Karnilla something to worry about as well. Ego-Prime, a chunk of Ego the Living the Planet, is a pretty formidable foe and we’re even told outright that the good guys’ efforts are doomed. Yikes!

Comments: Part one of two parts. First appearance of Jason Kimball. Correction: Synopsis and review by Peter Silvestro.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #202 Synopsis by Marvel Comics

Thor and Balder have joined the Warriors Three on a Manhattan street in Midgard when Sif, Tana Nile, Hildegarde, and Silas Grant appear from Blackworld, pursued by the crystalline form of Ego-Prime. Thor hurls Mjolnir at the monster but it is repelled, resulting in a storm and then Ego-Prime evolves into the form of a pink-skinned, gray-haired human with godlike powers. The giant explains his plans to Thor: he intends to conquer Earth and cause the human population to destroy itself, thus “saving” the Earth and purifying creation. Hogun climbs a building and jumps on Ego-Prime’s head, only to discover his hair is alive, entangling him. Thor blinds the giant with a lightning blast and rescues his friend. Ego-Prime attacks by mutating the crowd of bystanders into monsters and having them assault the heroes. Cowering in an alley, Volstagg sees a little girl being attacked by monsters, dashes in and carries her to safety. Tana Nile is captured by a monster and, against his instincts, Silas Grant goes to her rescue. Thor continues to battle Ego-Prime, aware that his attacks only strengthen the monster but at a loss for an alternative….

In Asgard, the Grand Vizier watches and despairs for the heroes; he rushes to find Odin to beg for help but he is turned away by the guards. The Vizier encounters Karnilla the Norn Queen and explains the situation that the heroes, including her beloved Balder, are doomed and such seems to be their fate as decreed by Odin. A brief cutaway to Odin confirms this, that they are being manipulated to fulfill his secret purposes….

In Brooklyn, the disguised Heimdall and his sidekick Kamorr arrive at an apartment building, seeking one Jackson Kimball. They knock on his door only to be greeted with gunfire. Heimdall breaks down the door to find that Jackson Kimball was afraid of a visit from a gangster named Baker to whom he owes money. Sure enough, Baker and his goons arrive prepared to murder Jackson. Heimdall disarms Baker with a blast from his rod while Kamorr easily clobbers the trio of thugs. The Asgardians then depart with their new companion….

In Manhattan, while his companions battle the citizens-turned-monsters, Thor fights a hopeless battle against Ego-Prime. The giant then emits a blast from his eyes to enlarge ants to human size  and attack the heroes. Ego-Prime then animates the stone of the streets and it breaks up and moves together, burying Thor, until the God of Thunder is gone….

Preview Pages
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John Buscema
Vince Colletta
John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
Vince Colletta (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Art Simek.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)


(Norn Queen)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Ego-Prime, Silas Grant, Tana Nile.

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