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Thor #291: Review

Jan 1980
Roy Thomas, Chic Stone

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When Gods Have Joined Together!

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4 stars

Thor #291 Review by (August 12, 2019)

Review: An action-filled issue with an astonishing amount of dialogue as each of these paired matches includes as much trash-talking as punching in this battle of the pantheons! Especially as the Greeks and the Eternals are both claiming to be the O.G. (original gods) and accusing each other of being impostors. The real surprise is in the Odin versus Thor bits where we learn there is more depth to Odin's scheming than we had realized—and which is going to move to center stage over the next few issues as the Eternals move to the back. And that's where it will get weird.       

Comments: Part nine of the Eternals Saga which spans issues #283-301. Three of the Young Gods, introduced in THOR #203, appear: Harvest, Genii (he first appeared in #202), and Brightsword; this is their first appearance since then.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #291 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor returns to Olympia to tell Zuras that he has not found an alternative to Zuras' plan to use the Uni-Mind to defeat the Celestials. Soon the remaining Eternals arrive and with Zuras leading, they are formed into the Uni-Mind, a giant brain-like being which heads out into space to confront the One Above All at his ship. With Thor alone in Olympia, Odin arrives with Zeus and the Greek pantheon intending to destroy the city. Thor vows to protect the city of his absent friends: gods and heroes begin to smash the buildings, Thor stands ready to fight them...and Odin returns Thor to his Donald Blake form. The attack on the city forces the Uni-Mind to return and to break up into the individual Eternals who attack the invaders in a massive superhuman melee....

In Asgard, Sif looks into the All-Seeing Eye and discovers the Warriors Three held in fire-bondage by the dragon Fafnir (since issue #288); suddenly they are rescued by Harvest, Genii, and Brightsword of the Young Gods....

In Olympia there is much fighting: Hercules versus Hero, Ikaris versus Ares, Mercury versus Makkari, Thena versus Athena, Karkas and Ransak versus the Yellow-Crested Titans, Sersi versus a bunch of foot soldiers (turning them into wood). The echoes of this battle resound on Earth, awakening Margo Damian in New York and her father Dr. Daniel Damian in the Celestials city. Then it's Zeus versus Zuras and Odin versus Thor: the God of Thunder considers Odin a traitor, an ally of the Celestials who would destroy Midgard, leading the forces of Olympus against the Eternals. Odin, who has reasons which Thor does not understand, ceases talking and blasts his son into unconsciousness with his spear Gungnir—and to fulfill an oath he once swore he must now kill Thor....

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Chic Stone
Chic Stone
Carl Gafford
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Keith Pollard. Letterer: Joe Rosen.

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