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Thor #318: Review

Apr 1982
Doug Moench, Gil Kane

Story Name:

A Kingdom Lost

Review & Comments

3 stars

Thor #318 Review by (April 8, 2020)

Review: Okay story is marked by the odd art combination of Gil Kane and Pablo Marcos; the latter’s inking obscures Kane’s recognizable style, giving it a darker and grittier look, which stands out, especially the scenes of Thor fighting the tidal wave. The rest of the art isn’t so cool, with the statues firing eye beams at Thor that are invisible—penciler, inker, or colorist at fault? No idea but the sequence comes off a bit odd. The real stinker is the final three panels in the issue in which Don Blake, turning his head, resembles three different people—the last one not seeming quite human. Hey, everyone can have an off day. Oh and the stone heads on Easter Island look more like the Green Goblin than the real statues; no photo reference?   

Comments: The curse on Nastrond goes back to THOR #134-135; Fafnir’s previous appearance was in issue #291, his next in #341-343, wherein he dies but that doesn’t slow him down. Issue includes a double page illustration of Gods and Goddesses of Asgard by Keith Pollard; the first portrait is of Heimdall and Hermod, the second of the Warriors Three—which is all gods, no goddesses.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #318 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Asgard, Loki overhears an old storyteller singing the praises of Thor to a group of children but when the old man boasts of Thor’s constant victories over Loki, the God of Evil gets mad and conceives a new plan against his hated brother. First he goes to Karnilla the Norn Queen and borrows five Norn stones from her; he next goes to the barren wastes of Nastrond to meet with the King (identity withheld from the reader until later), imprisoned by Thor and offers revenge, which the captive eagerly assents to. Loki flies them both to the Pacific Ocean and prepares the trap….

At home, Dr. Donald Blake hears news reports of a tidal wave threatening Easter Island and he changes to Thor and flies out to see if he can help. When he arrives, he is told that the population is being taken to safety by helicopter but they are worried about what the tsunami will do to the town. Thor builds a breakwater out of rock and dirt, bracing it with his own body when the wave hits, so that the famous stone heads are uprooted but the barrier holds. Then Thor passes the Norn stones placed there by Loki and they cause the statues to come to life and attack the Thunder God. Thor drives them away from the Norn stones and the statues return to stone and Thor neatly hammers them back into the ground up to their necks. Inquiring after the source of the wave, he is directed to a new island pushed up from below recently, so he flies over there and finds Loki who unveils Fafnir the Dragon, bent on vengeance. The two clash but Thor is the greater; he then tosses the Norn stones into he air and sends a lightning bolt through them, paralyzing Loki and Fafnir—and at this point Odin himself intervenes, sends Fafnir and Loki back where they came from for punishment and allows Thor to resume his business on Midgard….

Epilogue: Don Blake is on Easter Island attending to people’s needs and the authorities are wondering where he came from….

Preview Pages
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Gil Kane
Gil Kane
George Roussos
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Gil Kane (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Norn Queen)

(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Fafnir.

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