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Thor #314: Review

Dec 1981
Doug Moench, ?

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Acts of Destruction

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4 stars

Thor #314 Review by (March 3, 2020)

Review: Now that was some major lack of purpose—Thor, Don Blake, Moondragon, Drax, and the alien jellyfish, all bemoaning their empty lives and all succeeding in finding that there is always something a man can do—the lesson Thor learns from watching Jarvis work. A rather mopey issue.

Comments: First story: First appearance of Shawna Lynde who will appear occasionally over the next few years. The Celestial Madonna story was in AVENGERS #129-135 and GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #2-4 (more or less). Mar-Vell defeated Thanos in CAPTAIN MARVEL #25-33. For reasons unknown, Moondragon’s name is spelled as two words in this issue. Finished art and inking by Dan Green and Pablo Marcos


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #314 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Dr. Donald Blake wallows in self-pity, having lost his job at the clinic (last issue); he receives a call from Dr Shawna Lynde inviting him to a surgery seminar the next month and he agrees to come. He continues moping….

Meanwhile, Moondragon flies her ship through space, no longer feeling a connection to Earth and, now that another has been chosen as the Celestial Madonna, her life has no purpose. She decides to look up her father, Art Douglas, whose soul was reborn as Drax the Destroyer; she mediates and locates him in space…

,,,where he is looking for a purpose in his life, having been created to destroy Thanos but Captain Marvel killed the villain first. He decides to destroy himself and comes across a hive creature which threatens him with destruction should he invade their space. Since that was his goal, he tries to shatter their bubble and one of the creatures covers Drax’s head and pushes him out into space. Feeling the mental jolt, Moondragon races to find Drax barely alive. Unable to remove the alien creature from his head, she decides to go to the Avengers for help….

Meanwhile, Don Blake gets a call from Tony Stark, inviting him to dinner with a proposal. Still at loose ends, Don becomes Thor and goes over to see his pals at Avengers Mansion. Jarvis tells him they are all away. Moondragon appears with Drax, seeking Thor’s help. The alien tries to kill Drax but only manages to revive him, the Destroyer goes berserk, trying to destroy everything in his rage. A violent battle results in Thor shielding Jarvis from attack and being critically wounded himself. Thor calls down the lightning, electrocuting Drax and knocking the alien off his head; the alien asks from death since, apart from his hive, his life has no purpose. Instead, Thor suggests that Drax and Moondragon take it home to its people; they take off hoping to bond on the journey and Thor watches Jarvis clean up the mess….

“Judgement—and Lament!”

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

Synopsis: As Odin kneels among the slain Valkyries, Hela Goddess of Death comes to taunt him and tell of her plans to kill him and conquer all Asgard. Odin easily clobbers her and demands to know why she is acting against him; she explains that she was cheated of the death of Thor (issue #190) and by seeing Sif with her beloved, Hela realized she can never know this love so finally when Ragnarök turned out to be fake (issue #278) she was cheated out of her entire mission, and she sought revenge by killing the Valkyries. Odin can offer her no hope just a pardon for her to return to her place in the cosmos. He raises the Valkyries back to life and returns to Asgard.  

Preview Pages
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George Roussos
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Keith Pollard (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Keith Pollard.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Drax the Destroyer)

(Goddess of Death)

(Edwin Jarvis)


Plus: Shawna Lynde.

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