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Thor #405: Review

Jul 1989
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

Odin Must Die

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #405 Review by (April 28, 2021)

Review: It’s Odin’s turn to shine in this issue, easily blasting Annihilus, since he is the All-Father. And the old guy seems finally (for now) sympathetic toward Thor’s concern for the mortals in Midgard. So maybe this ongoing conflict can rest for a few years. Best part of the issue in my opinion is the final word: Wundagore. I’ve always had a soft spot for High Evolutionary and the science fictiony vibe he brought to this title. And now he’s on the horizon once more.

Comments: First story: Part two of two parts. Story takes place at a time when Ben Grimm had been cured of his Thingliness and his place taken by She-Thing Sharon Ventura. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Second story: Part two of three parts.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #405 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

With Thor out of action, Annihilus turns his attention to Balder, blasting him with the Cosmic Control Rod and leaving him for dead. After the villain has departed, Thor crashes out of the rubble, collects Balder and heads to the palace to save Odin…

…who is brooding about his son’s unfaithful acts when Sif comes to plead for mercy for Thor. Odin tells her he will ponder her words—and then Annihilus arrives….

In a hidden lab, Tagar examines the tissue samples taken from Thor in issue #403 and declares them perfect; he asks Mongoose to get more. Mongoose invades the home of Eric Masterson, knocks him unconscious and prepares to carry him off, telling Eric’s son Kevin and his assistant Susan Austin to send for Thor….

Annihilus easily smashes his way through Odin’s bodyguard, the Crimson Hawks, and stands at the door to the throne room. Thor then arrives to do battle with the villain, pitting Mjolnir against the Cosmic Control Rod. At that moment, Kevin Masterson, in a fit of fear for his father’s safety, worries how to contact Thor—and his toy version of Mjolnir sets the original to glowing in Thor’s hand. But Thor can’t answer the call while Annihilus is loose. Then Odin himself enters the field. Annihilus blasts him with an energy bolt—which Odin absorbs and fires back, sending the alien interloper back where he came from. The threat over, Thor asks leave to return to Midgard; Odin hesitates, then, remembering Sif’s words, gives him leave with a feeling of pride in his heroic son. Thor takes off and Odin collapses. Thor arrives on Earth via the portal to the Negative Zone in the Baxter Building, surprising the Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, She-Thing, and Ben Grimm). No time to explain, Thor heads to Eric’s apartment where Kevin and Susan fill him in on the situation. And Susan mentions that Mongoose left only one word: “Wundagore….”

“This Lethal Land”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Tony DeZuniga. Inks: Tony DeZuniga. Colors: Mike Rockwitz. Letters: Mike Heisler.
Synopsis: In the land of Always Night, Thor and the Warriors Three are confronted by Ulagg the Grand Enchanter speaking from a shaft of light. Thor repeats the summons from Odin and Ulagg again refuses. The earth and the trees rise up to attack the heroes as Volstagg flees. The portly warrior accidentally locates Ulagg and stumbles, squashing him flat. The enchantments cease suddenly and Thor and his pals prepare to take Ulagg back to Asgard….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Johnny Storm)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Ben Grimm)


(Eric Masterson)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Kevin Masterson, Mongoose, She-Thing (Sharon Ventura), Susan Austin, Tagar (Count Tagar).

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