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Thor #419: Review

Jul 1990
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

The Summons [The Black Galaxy Saga]

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Thor #419 Review by (August 31, 2021)

Review: I am a sucker for heavy sci-fi epics and have always found it amusing that this sort of story frequently appears in Thor, who is, after all, a character from ancient myth. But it all works! And here we have a race that rises and falls in mere minutes and a spaceship the size of a small planet, an interesting way of boggling the mind at two extremes. And, as usual, it’s the High Evolutionary up to his old tricks, messing around and creating new life forms. Very promising opening as we jump back to the usual Eric Masterson and his family troubles before the Replicoid arrives, followed by the new villain. And if that weren’t enough, there a cameo by a Celestial because if it isn’t the High Evolutionary causing trouble for Thor, it’s the Celestials and they bring bigger troubles than the High E.! And so it begins, a nice six-issue epic with some star spanning excitement!

Comments: First story: Part one of six. First appearance of Stellaris. This Recorder, numbered 211, was introduced as a companion to Thor in issues #132-134 and has been seen many times since. The Black Galaxy first appeared in THOR #132-134; most recently visited in #406-407, with a brief glimpse in #417. The Replicoid was first seen in THOR #389 and has been traveling to Earth since #417. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Second story: Part three of nine parts. The Big Question: Why is Mjolnir so small on the cover?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #419 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

A Watcher observes the Calishee, a microscopic race whose people’s lives pass in milliseconds, watching their civilization rise and fall in mere minutes. He then turns his attention to the Black Galaxy. The Rigellians are aware of this and send a Recorder into the Black Galaxy to investigate. It comes upon the New Wundagore, a planet-sized ship. Recorder enters and finds the ship’s master, the High Evolutionary and his aide Count Tagar. High E. explains that he wants to use the cosmic soup of this living bio-verse to create a new race of gods. When Recorder mentions he will report back to his master on Rigel, High E. blasts him and sends him for reprogramming….

The Thor Replicoid makes its way toward Earth but the villainous Stellaris spies it and follows covertly after….

In Central Park, Eric Masterson is having fun with his son Kevin but Eric has to go to a custody hearing with his ex-wife, Marcy. At home he is met by his assistant Susan Austin. As they enter, Eric sees that his houseguest Hercules is entertaining a bevy of beautiful women and hastily ushers Kevin and Susan back out again so they don’t see it, suggesting they join him for his meeting with Jerry Sapristi. At the construction site, the Replicoid adopts a form designed to attract Thor’s attention: Sigurd Jarlson. Eric is surprised to see Thor’s former identity while he is the Thunder God’s current human alter ego. “Sigurd” takes his leave and Eric becomes Thor to pursue and confront him. Showing his true appearance, the Replicoid tells Thor that he and Hercules have been summoned to the Black Galaxy by the Celestials. While they stand there, Stellaris arrives on a sky-cycle and attacks the two, solar-blasting the surrounding buildings and burying them in rubble….

“Childhood’s End!”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Gary Hartle. Inks: Dan Panosian. Colors: Nel Yomtov. Letters: Michael Heiser.
Synopsis: A band of Frost Giants is crashing through a forest, in pursuit of a villain who slaughtered several of their children and took their blood. They corner the wizard at the chasm knows as the Crack of Doom; he tosses the bag of blood into the chasm to consecrate the “Endless Circle” as the giants kill him. Then there is an upheaval, destroying the chasm as a giant hand rises from the Earth….

Odin tells the Grand Vizier, whom he has trapped inside a small crystal. Odin knows that the Endless Circle means the death of Asgard and he must ensure that it happens….

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


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Plus: Rigellians, Stellaris, Susan Austin, Tagar (Count Tagar).

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