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Thor #402: Review

Apr 1989
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

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Even An Asgardian Can Die!!

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4 stars

Thor #402 Review by (March 31, 2021)

Review: Nice issue; only problem is a bit too much going on with what seems to be a record number of subplots. Thor and the Avengers, Thor’s displacement, Thor’s nausea, Balder’s apology, Odin’s anger, Odin’s illness, Amora’s concern for Lorelei, Mongoose trying to recruit Quicksand, Mongoose’s secret plans with his as-yet-unidentified employers, the intro of Brute Benhurst, Eric and Kevin Masterson, Amora’s dilemma, the arrival of Hela, Skurge’s anger, the fight between Thor and Quicksand (the one chosen to grace the cover), Thor’s rebellion against Odin, the Grand Vizier’s weighty task, Amora’s sudden fear of death, etc.  By the time we get to Heimdall on the last page, I was tired of keeping track of all the characters and their concerns, seeing that most of them probably carry over into the next issues. And then we get to the second story…which is rather nice and simple. Sigh.   

Comments: First story: Part one of two parts. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Story follows AVENGERS #300. Lorelei was wounded in battle in THOR #399. Skurge died in #360-362. The Rainbow Bridge was destroyed in issue #351. Mongoose previous fought Thor in issue #391; Quicksand was introduced in #392. Tagar first appeared in THOR #133-135. First appearance of Brute Benhurst, the second Executioner. Thor’s final appearance in the guise of Sigurd Jarlson, confirmed in issue #407. Second story is based on an authentic Norse myth; only appearance of Glimda, who is not related to anyone from THE WIZARD OF OZ. Issue includes a profile of artist Marc Siry.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #402 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor takes his leave of his fellow Avengers (Captain America, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Gilgamesh) to search out whether he has a home on Earth any longer. He is suddenly struck with a wave of nausea which quickly passes….

In Asgard, Balder tries to apologize to Odin for allowing the realm to be invaded by the forces of Seth (issues #396-400) but Odin’s real concern is why Thor did not take the throne in his absence. Then Odin is overcome with a sudden bout of sickness and summons the Grand Vizier….

Elsewhere is Asgard, Amora the Enchantress is distraught, fearing her wounded sister Lorelei may die. Then Skurge the Executioner appears before her—despite his being dead….

In a New York sewer, Mongoose is trying to persuade Quicksand to team up with him against Thor; as an incentive, he demonstrates that his employers can cure her of her condition with a simple device that makes her human again. She is delighted and Mongoose is surprised to learn she is Asian (Vietnamese, specifically) but the change wears off all too quickly; Mongoose suggests his employers can effect a permanent cure. As she sets out after the God of Thunder, Mongoose meets with his liaison, an armored man (later revealed to be Tagar) whose master wants tissue samples from Thor….

Thor returns to the construction site in his Sigurd Jarlson guise, just in time for disgruntled ex-employee Brute Benhurst to come after Jerry Sapristi; after a scuffle, Sigurd easily overpowers him and the cops take Benhurst away, shouting revenge against Sigurd. Eric Masterson, roughed up in the incident, is okay as is his son Kevin. When the police depart, Quicksand sees her chance….

In Asgard, Hela, Goddess of Death arrives to claim Lorelei; Amora pleads with Skurge to fight her. Skurge reveals that the only way for Lorelei to be saved will be for Amora to volunteer to take her place—and so she and Skurge can be together again for eternity. But Amora balks at that whole death thing and Hela takes Lorelei. Skurge is disappointed and Amora guilty as the Executioner fades away….

At the construction site, Quicksand attacks Jerry Sapristi, knowing he is a friend of Thor’s. Sigurd sneaks off to return as Thor and give battle. There is a lot of property damage as the two spar but then Thor is summoned back to Asgard by the Grand Vizier on Odin’s orders; Thor must refuse as people are in danger so the Vizier hurries off to inform Odin….

In Asgard, Amora says farewell to the sleeping Heimdall and sets out to find a champion willing to sacrifice his life that she may live forever….  

“The Golden Hair of Glimda”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Art: Tom Morgan. Colors: Evelyn Stein. Letters: Mike Heisler.
Synopsis: Glimda is the beauty of Asgard because of her lush and flowing red hair. The jealous young Loki stealthily cuts off her hair one night and she is devastated. Odin seeks to punish Loki but young Thor pleads for him to make reparations; Thor takes Loki in search of the Nidalvellir, the home of the Dwarves. There, Thor asks them to spin new hair for Glimda out of his golden belt. With her new (literally) golden hair, Glimda is the sensation of Asgard. Odin relents of the punishment he was going to give Loki and he takes Thor to replace the belt he “misplaced.” And Loki is angry because his theft of Glimda’s hair was part of a bigger scheme Thor has unwittingly foiled.  

Preview Pages
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Ron Frenz
Joe Sinnott
Max Scheele
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Mike Heisler.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)


(Goddess of Death)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)

(Loki Laufeyson)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)


Plus: Kevin Masterson, Mongoose, Quicksand, Tagar (Count Tagar).

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