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Thor #439: Review

Nov 1991
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

When Hammers Clash [The Thor War, Part 2 of 4]

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Thor #439 Review by (March 1, 2022)

Review: The battle of the Thors occupies most of the issue, as it should, though Stellaris gets bored, whips up a boss hog, and hits the road for several issues. The two combatants keep up their attempts at heroic banter until the real hero arrives who has to shame Eric into being a hero. Well, he’s still learning; he gets the hang of it eventually. The backup story has a gritty feel, the art resembling that of Mike Mignola or Klaus Jansen and the return of the Destroyer, in the land of the dead, makes for a pretty cool tale.         

Comments: First story: Eric Thor criticizes the Thor costume on television; this is a reference to THE INCREDIBLE HULK RETURNS, a 1988 TV movie and the costume was awful. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Second story: Part three of five parts. First appearance of Gar-Toom. The letters page has the same letters as issue #438 but in a slightly different order. Oops.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #439 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Eric Thor finds himself caught between two enemies, the alien warrior Stellaris and the Thor from the future, Dargo Ktor. He is tossed back and forth between his two assailants, barely able to catch his breath. Zarrko the Tomorrow Man watches from his hidden time cube, proceeding with his sinister plan to use the energy generated by the clash of two Mjolnirs to power up his Radical Time Stabilizer which will enable him to become the sole Master of Time….

Stellaris stands back to watch the two men battle it out. A deflected blast wrecks a bridge, vaulting a news team into the air. The two Thors call a hasty truce to rescue the endangered innocents, causing Stellaris to stand amazed at warriors who call for peace. She spies a motorcycle in the street below and morphs her armor into a semblance of one and rides off. The news crew rescued, the Thors go at it once again….

At home, Kevin overhears Marcy Masterson (his mom) and Bobby Steele talking over his plan to adopt the boy. Shocked, he runs off while they are ignoring him….

The Thors fight for a few more pages until their hammers meet, sending shock waves through the universe until they reach the notice of…

Beta Ray Bill with the Korbinite fleet. He tells the leaders he is needed on Earth; they forbid him to go as his people need him there….

Back in New York, the Thors find they have made a massive crater in the street and are puzzled at how the same hammer can be in two places at the dame time. They gear up to scrap again and Beta Ray Bill appears, telling them to stop fighting. Bill wants to know who they are and what happened to the true Thor. While they are explaining, Zarrko laughs and returns to the future with Servitor. Bill and Dargo Thor want to follow him but Eric Thor balks. Bill has to shame him into doing his duty as the God of Thunder. Reluctantly, he joins his hammer to theirs and they travel into the future….

“Here Monsters Dwell!”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Patrick Olliffe. Inks: Patrick Olliffe. Colors: Mike Rockwitz. Letters: Steve Dutro.
Synopsis: In Niffleheim, Balder and Sif fight their way through the dead toward Midhogg; they use the Norn Stones to fly over the monsters inhabiting that area of the realm and find the cave where the sword that can free Hela rests. They enter and find the sword in the chest of a stone warrior. Sif pulls it out and the warrior, Gar-Toom, is freed with a grudge toward Hela. The two heroes turn to flee but find the Destroyer blocking the mouth of the cave….



Preview Pages
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Ron Frenz
Al Milgrom
Mike Rockwitz
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Steve Dutro.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Balder
Balder

(Balder the Brave)
Hela
Hela

(Goddess of Death)
Thor
Thor

(Dargo Ktor)

Plus: Bobby Steele, Kevin Masterson, Marcy Masterson, Servitor, Stellaris, Thor (Eric Masterson), Zarrko (Tomorrow Man).

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