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Thor #227: Review

Sep 1974
Gerry Conway, Rich Buckler

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In Search of...Ego!

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4.5 stars

Thor #227 Review by (May 16, 2023)

Review: Jack Kirby’s influence is strong here with full-page and four-panel layouts, illustrating a mind-boggling outer space epic. The heroes land on the Living Planet and fight off various monsters before reaching Ego’s brain. It’s a simple plot but an effective one for action sequences. And Odin is wondering what Thor is up to. Well, let him wonder; at least he’s giving his son the benefit of the doubt for a change. More to come.

Comments: Part four of five parts. Heimdall can be spotted in the distance on the Rainbow Bridge. Galactus’ spherical ship from the last two issues appears to be a cube here. The monsters on the final pages are called dirt-demons in the next issue. The letters page includes one by famous collector Jeff Thompson.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #227 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Asgard, Odin is confused as to why Thor has joined forces with Galactus but determines to await further information before taking any action….

Meanwhile, Thor has agreed that Galactus’ mission against Ego the Living Planet is a just one and Hercules joins in too. The mad planet attacks Galactus’ ship and it crashes to the ground; the ship is invaded by weird green creatures but Thor, Herc, and Firelord easily stave them off and exit the ship, Galactus remaining behind to work on an attack of his own devising….

Odin continues to watch and vows to offer Thor no aid since he has requested none. Sif is still worried that her beloved will die. Odin says that in that case, he will mourn his son then avenge him by killing Ego. The All-Father then mounts his steed and rides out over the Rainbow Bridge. Hildegarde worries about Sif, wondering if she has had a premonition of Thor’s death. Meanwhile, Hildy uses the Visi-Globe to look in on her sister Krista, recuperating in a New York hospital….

A huge purple warrior rises from the ground, Ego personified, to battle the intruders but Thor calls up mighty winds and lightning to create an earthquake (egoquake?), forcing the monster back into the ground, leaving a tunnel. The three heroes descend into an increasingly cold cavern where they encounter the mind of Ego, a huge floating brain. Demons emerge from the walls to fight them; Thor leaves the monsters to Hercules and Firelord and hurls Mjolnir at the brain and there is an explosion….

Preview Pages
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Rich Buckler
Joe Sinnott
Petra Goldberg
John Romita (Cover Penciler)
John Romita (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: John Costanza.


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