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Thor #216: Review

Oct 1973
Gerry Conway, Jim Mooney

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Where Chaos Rules!

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4 stars

Thor #216 Review by (January 17, 2023)

Review: Hmm. For a guy who brags about being superior to Galactus, Xorr couldn’t take much from a supernova. Galactus probably uses novas to brush his teeth after consuming worlds. And I’m certain Galactus wouldn’t have something he was messing around with blow up in his face. So the formidable Xorr defeats himself by apparently having skipped nova day in astronomy class in grade school. Dude who uses quotation marks when he talks takes himself too seriously anyway. But it does all look cool. And Mercurio gets to jump in and save the ladies for Thor while Odin just stood back and let Xorr nuke himself—though how far do you have to “stand back” to get out of range of a supernova? Whatever the distance, Odin managed to get it right—and quickly. Here’s the old noble Odin of yore who has “only the welfare of his subjects in his heart and this trust he shall never betray.” And he does the right thing. So Jason Aaron turned him into a selfish manipulative buffoon who is better off leaving Asgard alone. Sigh. But we are teased of something happening on Rigel and a surprising development in Asgard to set up the next cool stories.

Comments: Part three of three parts. Mercurio’s left-hand/right-hand powers are reversed from issue #208 and the beginning of issue #214 and the same as the end of issue #214 and 215. Mercurio next appears in CAPTAIN MARVEL #51. Final appearance of Xorr, the God-Jewel.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #216 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor, informed by Xorr that an attack on him will mean the deaths of Sif and Karnilla, holds Odin and the Asgardians (Heimdall, Hogun, Fandral, Hildegarde) at bay, passing on the warning. Odin acquiesces in Thor’s decision—but Mercurio, the Fourth-Dimensional Man, does not, as he needs the God-Jewel to save his planet. Mercurio attacks Thor, who responds with a blow that sends his foe over the edge of the Jewel; Mercurio is rescued by his friends and decides to defer action until a more favorable time and he vanishes with a threat on his lips. Odin and company depart as well. Xorr asks Thor to aid him in conquering his galaxy and he will be favored in the new order….

On Rigel, the colonizers haven’t heard from Tana Nile since issue #198 so they check in on her and discover the God-Jewel Xorr has awakened. A message is delivered to the Grand Commissioner who, disturbed by what he reads, orders the Rigellians to evacuate their homeworld….

As the Starjammer moves through space, Fandral questions Odin’s decision to delay battle. Odin shows that they are keeping pace with Xorr and that his decision has his people’s welfare at heart. Fandral apologizes. Silas Grant and Tana Nile long for their lost homeworlds, especially Tana as she senses some threat to Rigel….

Thor blames himself for Sif’s predicament as he handed her over to Karnilla in exchange for the Norn Queen’s aid in battle (issue #207). Xorr begins destroying uninhabited planets, drawing the energy into himself, preparing for the next step in rearranging the galaxy, telling Thor he should be grateful that he was allowed to live to see this glory. Then Mercurio and the Gramosians arrive in space-bubbles, tiny single-person warships. Mercurio explains why Xorr is so important: the magnetic polarity of his planet suddenly transformed the atmosphere into something that drove the inhabitants to madness and death; the ruler of the world ordered Mercurio to bring back Xorr with its electromagnetic properties as a remedy. The Gramosians attack Thor; Thor fights back destroying several bubbles. The Thunder God seizes Mercurio who suggests pooling their resources to defeat Xorr; Thor listens this time. Now Xorr is trying to drain the power of a giant star and all of the heroes are worried….

Back at Avengers Mansion, Balder has recovered from his fit of madness and wants to go home to Asgard. He and Volstagg teleport themselves to the Golden Realm and find the place deserted…and then Balder spies something surprising….

As Odin and the riders on the Starjammer watch, Xorr’s giant star grows and grows until it threatens to go nova. Mercurio leads Thor to the God-Jewel and, using his freezing and heating powers, frees Sif and Karnilla from their prison. Everyone jumps aboard the Starjammer and escapes to a safe distance as the star goes supernova and Xorr is destroyed. The space-bubbles collect the chunks of the God-Jewel, Mercurio and Thor part friends, and Thor and Sif are reunited….

Preview Pages
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Jim Mooney
Jim Mooney
George Roussos
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
John Romita (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: John Buscema. Letterer: John Costanza.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)


(Hogun the Grim)

(Norn Queen)


Plus: Mercurio (Fourth-Dimensional Man), Silas Grant, Tana Nile.

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