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Thor #315: Review

Jan 1982
Doug Moench, Gene Day

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The Thunder God and the Bi-Beast

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4 stars

Thor #315 Review by (March 16, 2020)

Review: Bi-Beast seems like an odd choice to turn up as a pirate but then Don Blake makes an unlikely sailor. So here they are with some exciting maritime action, an overly detailed recap of Bi-Beast’s career and a massive brawl between the hero and the villain, ending with Mjolnir saving the day. But there’s more to come with this particular villain because, surprise! This is a three-part tale!

Comments: Part one of three parts. The original Bi-Beast first appeared in THE INCREDIBLE HULK #169; the double showed up in #214-216; this is his (the double’s) second appearance.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #315 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Dr. Donald Blake has been hired by Tony Stark as ship’s doctor on his new advanced cargo freighter on its maiden voyage. While Don is moping, an insect-shaped undersea craft surfaces and attacks the freighter. He turns into Thor and heads around the ship rescuing the crewmen from harm; a huge wave separates Thor from his hammer, washing him and the captain overboard. Thor returns to the deck with the captain but his sixty-seconds is up and he reverts to his Don Blake form. Don is knocked unconscious as the marauder draws the freighter into its massive hold and returns to an underwater city. There, the crew meets the band of pirates and their master, the Bi-Beast (actually a duplicate of the original) who has been preying on ships to build this underwater city with the use of brainwashed sailors as pirates. His mission: revenge against the human race for destroying the Avian people. Fighting the monster is impossible so the crew submit to the brainwashing machine. Don persuades Bi-Beast that a mind-controlled physician is no good so Don is spared to care for injured crewmen. Soon, his waking stick turns up among the salvage and he seizes it and assumes his Thor form, clobbering all of the guards. He confronts Bi-Beast in the control room and the monster throws a switch, sending the city flying through the air on its maiden voyage of destruction. The two scuffle, Bi-Beast holds Thor for his men to shoot at; instead Thor hurls Mjolnir so that it ricochets around the room, finally destroying the machine controlling the minds of the humans. As the ship moves over Florida, Bi-Beast begins firing the ship’s weapons at those on the ground. Thor beats the baddie to a pup, destroying all the machinery, causing the ship to plummet from the sky. Thor uses Mjolnir to create a whirlwind to cushion the ship’s descent to the ground. He then takes off to return as Don Blake.

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Gene Day
Gene Day
George Roussos
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Keith Pollard (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Keith Pollard. Letterer: Joe Rosen.


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