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Thor #420: Review

Aug 1990
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

If Death Be My Destiny! (The Black Galaxy Saga Part 2)

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #420 Review by (September 7, 2021)

Review: Our big sci-fi epic takes a break while the Avengers trade punches with the cosmic powered Stellaris who is a pretty cool dude, or so he seems until the big reveal in the next issue. Meanwhile, the High Evolutionary is building a living planet (isn’t one enough?) as though he were playing with Lego, with Tagar the obligatory (and ignored) voice of reason. Well, High E. was always so preoccupied with whether he could that he never stops to think if he should (with apologies to Dr. Ian Malcolm). His schemes will only cause more problems while no one is worrying about the custody battle.

Comments: First story: Part two of six. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Rich Yanizeski is credited with art assist on the last page. Second story: Part four of nine parts.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #420 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

An alarm goes off at Avengers Mansion for all of the heroes to assemble for action. Captain America and Quasar join She-Hulk and Sersi as Peggy Carter scans the site in the South Bronx where disaster has struck. The Avengers fly out there posthaste where Stellaris, the Celestial Slayer, is hunting for Thor and the Replicoid who are buried under heaps of rubble. Thor emerges and attacks his foe, shooting down his sky cycle with a toss of Mjolnir—but the villain reassembles himself using the cycle’s parts to create a larger, more heavily armored version of himself and fight back….

At Eric Masterson’s apartment, Susan Austin and lawyer Samantha Joyce worry that Eric won’t make the custody hearing with his ex-wife. Kevin plays video games with Hercules (in his mortal guise as “Harry Cleese”) and both assure the ladies that Eric won’t fail….

As Thor tries to protect the wounded Replicoid from Stellaris, the Avengers arrive to take on the alien foe. The combination of might, magic and high tech doesn’t seem enough to defeat Stellaris; the Replicoid tries to warn Thor about what awaits in the Black Galaxy but Thor is knocked out by the villain….

In the Black Galaxy, the High Evolutionary plays with the bio-matter of this universe, creating a living planet just for fun. He shows Count Tagar his latest success: the rise of one of his new race of gods from a vat but Tagar is worried about the results….

Captain America tries to reason with Stellaris who is bent on destroying the Replicoid as an act of rebellion against his Celestial masters. Quasar gets a temporary advantage over Stellaris but the Replicoid tells them not to risk their lives for him and that Thor and Hercules are urgently needed in the Black Galaxy. Stellaris then destroys the Replicoid and, his mission done, he departs, having detected another target for his vengeance. An enraged Thor is determined to bring his enemy to justice….

Back at Eric’s apartment, Sam and Susan leave for the custody hearing, hoping that Eric meets them there. Kevin and Herc relax, unaware that Stellaris is headed right for them….

“Deadly Discoveries!”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Gary Hartle. Inks: Dan Panosian. Colors: Nel Yomtov. Letters: Michael Heiser.
Synopsis: Odin dispatches the Warriors Three to investigate reports of a monster in Jotunheim and they ride off. Heimdall hears the cries of the miniature Grand Vizier and discovers him trapped in a crystal in Odin’s quarters. The Vizier claims that Odin is an impostor, a monster in disguise. Odin catches them and flies into a rage but Heimdall assures the All-Father of his loyalty and Odin calms down….

At the Crack of Doom, the Warriors Three discover a massive, man-shaped hole in the ground….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Wendell Vaughn)

(Jennifer Walters)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Peggy Carter, Samantha Joyce, Stellaris, Susan Austin, Tagar (Count Tagar).

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