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Thor #432: Review

May 1991
Tom DeFalco, Al Milgrom

Story Name:

At Death Do We Part

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

Thor #432 Review by (December 21, 2021)

Review: And now we have it: the confrontation we’ve been waiting for since JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #85: a fight to the death between Thor and Loki on equal terms—and Loki actually has an edge because of his magic ability. The battle is exciting, the suspense real, the supporting characters are integrated into the tale well, and the momentous nature of Thor’s actions are magnified. So Thor Odinson is gone…and Eric Masterson is the new Thor! The perfect ending to a long running story arc also provides the perfect beginning for the next era of Thor. Huzzah!

Comments: Part six of six parts. First appearance of Eric Masterson Thor, which is different from Eric’s being the human host of the Odinson. Loki returns, after a fashion, in issues #440-441. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Second story is Thor’s origin, marking the 350th appearance of Thor, as heralded on the cover.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #432 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor faces Loki, strengthened with Asgardian power to be Thor’s equal, and the life of Kevin Masterson is at stake. Loki demands Mjolnir; Thor sends it into another dimension to keep it away from Loki, and then attacks. Loki punches Thor across the room—and he then recalls Mjolnir and goes to break open Kevin’s bubble prison. But Loki is ahead of him, casting a spell that keep Thor away from it. So Thor tosses Mjolnir to Loki and it pulls him down through the floor, allowing Thor to free the boy and take off, his hammer returning immediately. Then Loki burst through the floor, a giant vision of his head preventing Thor’s escape….

Code: Blue arrives on the scene as Thor and Kevin run through the mazelike structure of the building. Detecting the police intruders, Loki animates the buildings statues to fight them. Thor begs Loki not to violate Odin’s Law by killing another immortal (Thor) but Loki doesn’t care and the battle is on again….

In Asgard, Odin has entered the Odin-Sleep with Heimdall left in charge of the Realm….

In the Underworld, Mephisto sees that the Soul Shroud made for Thor is complete….

Code: Blue makes it past the statues to the elevators and the team heads up. Outside, Amora the Enchantress watches, fearing being implicated in Loki’s crimes. She sends a hypnotic summons to Susan Austin, the only one who can connect her to the villain, to have her come to the scene. Susan heads over, followed by Jackie Lukus and Marcy Masterson….

As the immortal brothers battle, Code: Blue reaches the floor and carries Kevin to safety. Once Thor knows the boy is safe, he lets loose on Loki. The God of Evil blames Thor for all of his wicked deeds; the Thunder God claims that all of his crimes are on Loki’s head. Marcus Stone returns to the fight to help Thor. Loki pummels Thor first with severe cold and then heat, Thor calls down rain upon them and punches Loki out, getting his hands around his enemy’s throat and squeezing…but he can’t bring himself to kill his wicked brother. Outside, Kevin is reunited with his mother and Loki, from up high, sends a bolt down at the boy; prompted by Amora, Susan pushes Marcy and Kevin out of the way and is struck down herself. Loki surrenders but Thor summons the power of Mjolnir to drain Loki’s immortality, killing him. In Asgard, Odin is woken out of his sleep by the knowledge that his son is dead…and Thor must pay the price. Heimdall intercedes for Thor but it’s no use. Marcus Stone also recognizes that Thor had no right to kill his brother but Thor flies to a rooftop where the glowing visage of Heimdall pronounces his doom: Thor is banished for all eternity. Eric Masterson finds himself alone on the rooftop as Mephisto laughs in the Underworld. But Eric brings down his walking stick in frustration—and is transformed into the new Thor….

“The Stone Men from Saturn!”
Reprinted from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83.


Preview Pages
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Al Milgrom
Al Milgrom
Mike Rockwitz
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Ron Frenz. Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Code: Blue (Code Blue), Jackie Lukus, Kevin Masterson, Marcus Stone, Marcy Masterson, Susan Austin, Thor (Eric Masterson).

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