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Thor #395: Review

Sep 1988
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

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Enter the Earth Force!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #395 Review by (January 11, 2021)

Review: Three reluctant adversaries for Thor make their debuts and will hang around for a few issues. None of them is particularly new, what’s new is the varying attitudes they bring to their misguided mission. Earth-Lord and Wind Warrior know there is something fishy about Seth’s offer but the workaholic Winston, who seems to be a guy who does anything his boss tells him without question, jumps into the role very readily. And then there’s a curse put on Hogun. We’ll see where that goes. And we’re just about ready for the invasion of Asgard in this epic story arc.      

Comments: Part one of six parts. Story follows from #393. First appearances/origins of Earth Lord, Skyhawk, and Wind Warrior. Earth Lord’s name is given as Tyle Brock; in issue #400, it’s Kyle Brock.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #395 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor learns from a handy television that Hogun the Grim has been on a rampage through Manhattan and is now in the hospital; Thor heads there. Meanwhile, Daredevil makes sure that Hogun reaches the hospital safely and heads out in search of Thor. He and the Thunder God miss each other by scant seconds and DD isn’t seen again in this title for years (issue #464 to be precise)….

Seth watches as Thor arrives at the hospital and decides to create a team to fight Thor out of those dying there. Soon, three dying individuals are gathered in Seth’s presence: Tyle Brock, a police officer shot by a criminal, Winston Manchester, a businessman who worked himself to death, and Pamela Shaw, a bitter suicide. Seth tells them that their world is in danger and he is empowering them to save it as the Earth Force: Brock becomes the giant Earth Lord, Manchester, Skyhawk, master of flight, and Shaw, Wind Warrior, mistress of the tempest—and their first mission is to kill Hogun the Grim. If they are successful they will continue to live. Seth teleports them back to the hospital where Skyhawk provokes a fight with the SWAT team stationed there; the other two are forced to join in to try to minimize the violence. Then Thor faces them and Wind Warrior calls up a tornado to carry the wounded cops to safety outside. Thor engages them but pauses to create a shield around the medical personnel who are operating on Hogun. The operation takes a bad turn and Hogun finds himself in the presence of Seth who offers him sweet rest for his surrender. Hogun refuses and Seth marks him with the Sign of Death and the prophecy that the next time they meet, Hogun will die. Back at the hospital, the fight has spilled out into the parking lot. Skyhawk, more zealous than the other two, attacks Thor while he is trying to save an innocent patient. WW conjures up a tornado to whisk the three of them out of there so they can plan what to do next, since she and EL are uncomfortable with Seth’s orders to murder Hogun. Thor reenters the building to discover that Hogun will recover—with an odd scar on his face….

In Asgard, Balder turns down the request of Fandral and Volstagg to go to Midgard to find Thor. Instead, Balder plans to call back the power of Thor to defend the land even though it will leave the Thunder God defenseless….

Preview Pages
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Ron Frenz
Brett Breeding
Gregory Wright
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Brett Breeding (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Matt Murdock)

(Hogun the Grim)


Plus: Earth Lord (Kyle Brock), Seth (Serpent God), Skyhawk (Winston Manchester), Wind Warrior (Pamela Shaw).

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