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Thor #423: Review

Sep 1990
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

The Day of Their Return [The Black Galaxy Saga]

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Thor #423 Review by (October 5, 2021)

Review: Things start to get pretty apocalyptic as a new Celestial is being birthed. This terrifies the Rigellians and Count Super-Tagar and even rocks the High E. back on his heels. Meanwhile, Thor tries to fight a Celestial (he’s done it before) but this time he gets himself unmerged for his trouble. And it’s all in a pretty impressive homage to Jack Kirby, the king of this sort of thing.      

Comments: First story: Part five of six. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Second story: Part seven of nine parts. First appearances of Arko and Deilla.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #423 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Aboard the New Wundagore, Nobilus, the first of the New Immortals, is going on a rampage, easily defeating all of the New Men who comes against him. The High Evolutionary asks Thor to subdue Nobilus, as he was created from tissue samples stolen from the Thunder God, though tainted with evil. As the two battle, Stellaris, who had released Nobilus to provide a distraction while she searched the ship’s databases, decides that things are getting too out of control. She armors up, grabs Nobilus and flies out of the ship, smashing a hole in the bulkhead. Thor creates a whirlwind to stop the New Men from being sucked out into space and then seals the breach….

High E. is curious about the Red Celestial, assuming it is readying for some critical experiment; they must also assume that Stellaris, intent on destroying the Celestial, discovered its location from the ship’s database. Thor and Hercules, accompanied by Juvan and the Analyzer depart by Quinjet to question the Celestial. The evolved Count Tagar approaches High E. with some surprising information….

Sif, Leir, and Caber arrive on Earth via portal (from issue #418), searching for Thor, who is urgently needed back in Asgard as the place is under attack from Ymir. Leir destroys a cab which he mistakes for a predator, eating a victim (the cabbie), who is only mollified by a payout in gold. The three visitors adopt human appearances and head to the apartment of Eric Masterson, whom Sif knows to have been merged with Thor, and surprise Susan Austin and Jackie Lukus….

The Rigellians detect the presence of a Watcher and the next developments cause them to abandon their colony world and flee into space. Thor and company land on the planet where Stellaris and Nobilus are already in hiding, watching as the Red Celestial builds the armor for a new Celestial around a white sphere, using a multitude of floating containers around them. Thor tries to talk to the Red Celestial but Hercules is absorbed into one of the containers being used to construct the new Celestial. Thor now sees it was a trap to recapture Herc. Thor tries to break open the structure but the Red Celestial blasts him, separating Thor and Eric Masterson….

Back aboard the ship, Tagar tells the High E. what is happening: the Black Galaxy is a giant brain and, as more Celestials arrive on the scene, it seems that the High Evolutionary has been brought there to witness the birth of a new Celestial….

“If Defeat Should Come”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Gary Hartle. Inks: Mike DeCarlo. Colors: Nel Yomtov. Letters: Clem Robertson.
Synopsis: The warriors of Asgard are called to arms to battle Ymir the ice Demon. One soldier, Arko, says farewell to his pregnant wife Deilla and joins his comrades on the artillery battery. Heimdall calls to them to wait until the warriors luring Ymir into the trap are safe. It is the Warriors Three, and once they are inside the city, Ymir is bombarded with flame missiles. But the monster is impervious to fire, hurling back rocks to destroy the cannons. Arko is wounded and rescued by Balder but fears the city is doomed….

Odin frees the Grand Vizier from his crystal prison and reveals to him his true purpose and visage….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Jackie Lukus, Juvan, Leir (Lord of Lightning), New Immortals, Nobilus, Rigellians, Stellaris, Tagar (Count Tagar), Ymir (Frost Giant King).

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