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Thor #416: Review

Apr 1990
Tom DeFalco, Joe Sinnott

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The Hero and the Horror

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #416 Review by (August 3, 2021)

Review: An energy-sucking vampire is hardly an original concept but they do tend to be formidable so this issue has some nice good guy versus bad guy episodes. And Aloysius P. Jamesly, whose purpose is unclear except to allow the writer to play with a fun character., puts in an appearance. And the soap opera continues. The second story is rather odd as the dashing Fandral shows himself to be a mama’s boy, not quite the image for a heroic warrior.

Comments: First story: Part one of two parts. First appearance of the Dark Dweller, whose final appearance will be in the next issue. Aloysius P. Jamesly (a parody of writer Christopher Priest/James C. Owsley) was introduced in issues #391-392. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #416 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Late one night, Hercules panics, seeing an omen of danger in the stars and Eric Masterson has to help him to bed; his son Kevin doesn’t believe Dad’s excuse that Herc has the flu….

An alien comes to Earth and finds a homeless vagrant in an alley; the creature sucks the life out of the man to replenish its own energies and continues to hunt….

Eric takes a late night walk, worried about Hercules ever since they returned from the Black Galaxy (issues #406-408). He changes into Thor. Nearby, two policemen have discovered the shriveled corpse of the homeless man. The alien Dark Dweller hypnotizes one of the cops with his red eyebeams and orders him to shoot his partner. Thor arrives to prevent a second, fatal shot; Dark Dweller fires his eyebeams at Thor who deflects them with Mjolnir. The alien transforms into a four-armed giant and is clobbered; he brings a bulldozer to life to attack Thor, causing him to drop Mjolnir; they fight for the hammer but the villain, losing energy, must turn into a mist and escape. The hypnotized officer snaps out of his trance….

The next morning, Susan Austin takes Kevin Masterson off to school, while Eric goes to work, planning to come home early and clean the apartment to prepare for a visit from the Child Welfare board. Hercules is staying home to brood over his recent troubles. Eric joins Jackie Lukus for a meeting with the flamboyant Aloysius P. Jamesly over his latest project; during the meeting, they see a pair of robbers exiting a jewelry store. Eric considers changing into Thor but Detective Marcus Stone and his partner Vinnie Evans arrive in time to nab the crooks, leading Eric to think that Thor may be redundant….

The Dark Dweller arrives at Eric’s apartment, having tracked Thor to the place by his life force; he can’t detect Thor now but feels the presence of Hercules. The monster enters the apartment and easily draws Herc into his power. When Eric arrives home, he is seized by the hypnotized Hercules. Then Susan walks in and the Dark Dweller grabs her and tells Herc that Eric is no longer needed so Herc hurls our hero off the balcony. Eric grabs on but loses his stick—then loses his grip and he falls….

“The Greatest Love”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Mark Texeira. Inks: Mark Texeira. Colors: George Roussos. Letters: Michael Heiser.
Synopsis: Fandral the Dashing defeats a trio of swordsmen in a tavern and then rebuffs all the beautiful women there because he has another greater love. One of the bad guys, Garloff the Unwashed, wishes to go with Fandral and see this woman he values more highly than all others. The two travel a difficult and dangerous path to arrive art a cabin atop a high mountain where Fandral introduces Garloff to—his mother. She scolds him as a mother should and Fandral delights in it.

Preview Pages
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Joe Sinnott
Joe Sinnott
George Roussos
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Ron Frenz. Letterer: Mike Heisler.


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Plus: Aloysius P. Jamesly, Jackie Lukus, Kevin Masterson, Marcus Stone, Susan Austin.

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