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Thor #241: Review

Nov 1975
Bill Mantlo, John Buscema

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The Death-ship Sails the Stars!

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4 stars

Thor #241 Review by (July 23, 2014)
Review: A much better conclusion to the story as we get to see some action and excitement without having to cut a path through a thicket of word balloons (well, not as many at least). Battling pantheons are always good for some excitement and this one delivers. Theologically questionable but it’s only a comic book.

Comments: Part two of two parts. First appearance of Seth in Marvel Comics; he will return as a major antagonist of Thor in the future.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #241 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Odin, believing himself to be Atum-Re, Father of the (Egyptian) Gods, orders Thor away from the pyramid in California. Thor appeals to his father to recognize him but Odin does not. Jane Foster rushes forward, hoping her Sif identity (see issue #236) can reach him. The Egyptian gods quickly overwhelm any sense of recognition Odin possesses and the Father of the Gods strikes Thor with the Atum-Force. Osiris persuades Odin to halt his attack on Thor. In response to Jane’s pleas, Osiris makes a deal with Thor that if he will accompany them in their battle against Seth, Osiris will release Odin from the enchantment. Thor has no choice but to agree. The group enters the pyramid and is suddenly on a golden bridge reaching through space. Osiris shows Thor the fates of two other gods at the hands of Seth: Geb, trapped in the blistering desert sands for eternity and Nut, stranded in space, her life-force being drained by the stars. The legions of Seth then attack, skeletal warrior on chariots drawn by equally skeletal horses. Odin is unable to aim the Atum-Force because of the hypnotic spell he is under so Thor calls down lightning to destroy these undead troops. Thor and Horus fight side-by-side and Jane is able to direct the power bolts of Odin with accuracy. Seth arrives in his flying death-ship and shoots a deadly bolt at his parents, causing them to age rapidly toward death. Thor leaps aboard the death-ship to challenge the villain. As they battle, Seth keeps trying to touch Thor, which would bring instant death. As Thor is pushed to the limit, Jane again appeals to Odin to save his son; the All-Father, uncertain of who or where he is, complies, sending a bolt of power which destroys the death-ship. Horus ignores his brother’s pleas and casts him into space with Geb and Nut. Osiris and Isis are restored to normal. Odin is freed from the spell but has not yet recovered his memories and suggests that Thor and Jane return with him to Earth.

Preview Pages
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John Buscema
Joe Sinnott
Phil Rachelson
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
Letterer: John Costanza.


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Plus: Horus, Isis, Osiris, Seth (Serpent God).

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