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Thor #312: Review

Oct 1981
Doug Moench, Gene Day

Story Name:

The Judgment of Tyr

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #312 Review by (February 10, 2020)

Review: Mostly a big battle issue but a nice pair of battles: first, Thor and Tyr, an evenly matched duo, mix it up with spectacular results. Then, the Valkyries face fire demons in a shorter fight that is not less epic. And our hero flirts with irony as he saves lives as Thor but faces discipline for letting a patient die as Don Blake. Keep this up and Don Blake may become as big a Sad Sack as Matt Murdock.  


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #312 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

We open with Thor brooding over the impending review of Dr. Donald Blake’s performance on the Jimmy Sayers case (last issue)….

In Asgard, Lady Sif is bemoaning the absence of her beloved Thor; Tyr, God of War, shows up and offers to take Thor’s place in her affections; she declines. He figures he would have a chance with her if Thor were dead and he starts looking for a pretext to go after his enemy….

On his way to the review, Don sees a crane start to topple from the roof of a construction site. He transforms into Thor and bats a falling girder into the East River and catches the crane, putting it safely on the roof, to the crowd’s applause. At the review, however, Don is accused of negligence; he tries to defend himself but just gets angry, so he is suspended from practice at the clinic….

Tyr approaches the Throne of Odin, bringing the Vizier to read an ancient law out of the books that any god wishing to absent himself from Asgard must give his reasons and be approved by a majority of the gods; Thor did not do this when he went to Midgard (issue #302) and, as the law states that the God of War must bring him back to answer these charges, Tyr is dispatched by Odin, though he first picks up the Mace of the Myth-Wars, a weapon to equal Mjolnir in power….

Tyr arrives on Earth and confronts Don Blake near a park, attacking immediately. Don is able to turn into Thor and the two battle it out, wrecking the place and terrifying the passers-by. Thor calls down lightning to destroy the magic mace and Tyr accuses him of cowardice, so Thor puts away his hammer and punches Tyr’s lights out. Thor picks up his fallen foe and heads with him to Asgard to find out what the Hades this was all about….

“Baptism of Fire!”

Writer: Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio. Pencils: Keith Pollard (breakdowns), Gene Day. Inks: Gene Day. Colors: Bob Sharen.

Synopsis: The nine Valkyries assemble before Odin and he explains their mission: they were created to bring the worthy dead to the Halls of Valhalla but now Hela, Goddess of Death, has invaded and annexed Valhalla to her lands—and their mission is to get it back. The Valkyries ride and when they try to enter Niffleheim they find themselves riding through a wall of fire guarded by demons. They fight but are overwhelmed by the demons’ numbers so Valtrauta orders them to bathe in the enchanted waters which allows them to pass unharmed through the wall of flames and to Valhalla….

Preview Pages
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Gene Day
Gene Day
Don Warfield
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Terry Austin (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Keith Pollard. Letterer: Joe Rosen.


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