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Thor #426: Review

Nov 1990
Tom DeFalco, ?

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3.5 stars

Thor #426 Review by (November 2, 2021)

Review: One cluttered cover leads to one cluttered issue as the last details of the previous story arc are wrapped up, Odin’s and Hercules’ absences explained, Sif and Leir break up despite her having accepted his marriage proposal in issue #417, Code Blue introduced (they will be around for a few issues here and in THUNDERSTRIKE), a reminder that Ulik is still out there doing bad stuff, and Thor’s return to Earth with a second story to remind us that Earth Lord still exists but for little payoff. Next issue will have way too many characters in it so they learned nothing from this issue. Code Blue seems like a halfway decent addition to the series, seeing as the police should have had a unit like this long before; we’ll see what kind of use they will be put to in upcoming issues, they are all a bit one-dimensional here, identified by their jobs and nicknames.

Comments: First story: The Rainbow Bridge was destroyed in issue #351. First appearance of Code Blue, though Marcus Stone has been around since issue #403. First appearance of Captain Shelley Conklin. Rigger Ruiz is colored as the usual Caucasian; later issues have her a gray color that presumably means she is Hispanic. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Joe Sinnott and Dan Panosian shared penciling and inking duties. Second story: Earth Lord, with his teammates Wind-Warrior and Skyhawk, previously appeared in THOR #395-400. Earth Lord’s only subsequent appearances are in THOR ANNUAL #16 and THOR #456. And his name is variously printed with and without a hyphen; I chose to do it without to keep some continuity. The letters page includes one by future comics writer/martial artist Jan C. Childress.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #426 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the aftermath of his defeat of Surtur and Ymir (last issue), Thor is publicly honored in Asgard. Thor wants to return to Midgard but Odin needs to go into Odin-Sleep and wants to know who will rule in his place, if not Thor? Thor suggests Balder, who balks, having made a poor showing when he was in charge during the Seth War (issue #395-400). Odin chooses Heimdall, bestows the Odin-Power upon him, and for his first official act, Odin has him restore the Rainbow Bridge. Hercules tells Thor that he will not be accompanying him back to Earth as he has decided to return to Olympus. Then Leir, Celtic Lord of Lightning appears and challenges Thor to battle….

Back in New York, the Wrecking Crew is holed up in a building with a hostage, in a standoff with police. This is reported by to headquarters and Captain Conklin calls on Detective Marcus Stone to put his new team in play: Code Blue (Rigger Ruiz, Mad Dog Rassitano, Fireworks Fielstein, Andrew “Jock” Jackson, Mother Majowski) formed to deal with superhuman threats….

Leir hurls lightning bolts at Thor, explaining that they are fighting over Sif, who said she would not marry him unless he defeated her champion. They mix it up for a few panels then the fight is halted by Sif herself, who reveals that Thor is not her chosen champion: she is her own champion. And she quickly whups the tar out of Leir, launching him into a fountain, to the amusement of his sidekick Caber….

At the scene of the hostage situation, Mother hacks into the buildings blueprints to understand the layout. Fireworks blows open the door, the hostage is pulled to safety and the others lay down enough fire that Wrecker casts a spell whisking them all away. A successful first mission for the team….

Elsewhere in New York, the Mystery Villain (a/k/a Loki, who else?) has detected Wrecker’s attempts to locate their enemy Ulik and he rebukes Ulik for not being more careful….

In Asgard, Thor takes his leave of Odin and his beloved Sif, passing the Warriors Three who now stand guard on the Rainbow Bridge, and returns to Earth….

“Here a Giant Abides!”

Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Herb Trimpe. Inks: Herb Trimpe. Colors: Evelyn Steins. Letters: Rick Parker.
Synopsis: Responding to a domestic violence report, police officers Kyle Brock and Eddie (no other name given) walk into a trap, fired upon by members of the Claws street gang. Eddie is wounded and Kyle manages to get him to the roof. After Eddie passes out, Kyle tests the Earth Force powers he was given and he transforms into the giant Earth Lord and clobbers all the bad guys. The Earth Lord is here to stay!

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Loki Laufeyson)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Code: Blue (Code Blue), Earth Lord (Kyle Brock), Leir (Lord of Lightning), Marcus Stone, Wrecking Crew.

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