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Thor #451: Review

Sep 1992
Tom DeFalco, Al Milgrom

Story Name:

Beware the Bloodaxe

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #451 Review by (June 1, 2022)

Review: The backup story with Balder and Sif crosses over into the main plot with Thor and pits the heroes against the newly revealed Bloodaxe, a merciless punisher of evil. He makes for a scary villain and next issue promises to be a good one, as Sif also bites off more than she can chew with Mephisto. Meanwhile, things are still bad back in Asgard but that subplot is tabled for a bit. The Tales of Asgard story switches to Enchantress, who has crossed over from the main plot of the previous issues for a refreshing use of the backup tale. More mayhem to come.       

Comments: Cover is a homage to THOR #337. First story: Part one of five parts. Al Milgrom and Kevin Yates did the art over Gary Hartle’s layouts. There’s an anti-Dan Quayle joke; he was the current US Vice-President who famously couldn’t spell “potato.” Second story: Part one of ??? parts; the two tales in each issue intertwine until they really can’t be separated.  


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #451 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor (Eric Masterson) stands before the newly awakened Odin and tells him that Thor Odinson is the prisoner of Mephisto. A nervous Odin summarily dismisses Thor and he plots with Karnilla to do away with Thor. Thor joins with Marcus Stone and Code: Blue and, saying farewell to the Warriors Three, they teleport back to New York….

Jerry Sapristi and Ed Marrero go to visit Susan Austin in the hospital, walking past a number of teenagers caught in the crossfire of a drug dispute. They reach Susan’s room to find Jackie Lukus is there….

Code: Blue heads back to the station house, leaving Thor brooding about the feeling that something was still wrong in Asgard. Suddenly, Sif and Balder materialize before him, brought there by the Norn Stones in their search for the missing Odinson. Eric has some news for them….

The mystery figure [spoiler: it’s Jackie Lukus] takes the Executioner’s axe from a locker and transforms into Bloodaxe to avenge the crimes against the teens. The police have the criminals holed up in an abandoned building, refusing to come out. Bloodaxe appears, leaping over the cops and, turning to them, announces that he has come to bring punishment on the murderers. To show he means business he hurls the police cars and officers away with a blast from his axe. The crooks open fire on him from the upper window; Bloodaxe leaps and crashes through the wall and starts swinging the axe, causing a huge explosion…

…which is seen by Thor, Balder, and Sif at a pizzeria where Eric had brought them up to date on the situation in Asgard. Thor and Balder want to investigate the explosion but Sif, impatient to find her beloved Thor, grabs the Norn Stones, opens a dimensional portal, and leaps through. The men decide to continue on their course….

Sif finds herself facing Mephisto and assorted monsters of his. He offers to take her to Thor but the price is very high….

Thor and Balder fly to the top of the ruined building to find the gruesome dead bodies of the slaughtered crooks. And then Bloodaxe steps forth….

“Enter the Nameless Dimension”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Art: Geof Isherwood. Colors: Mike Rockwitz. Letters: Rick Parker.
Synopsis: Karnilla the Norn Queen has the Enchantress a prisoner in the dungeons beneath the royal palace of Asgard. Karnilla departs, leaving an old crone to torture Amora and a troll to guard them. Once she is gone, Amora takes control of the troll’s mind, has him kill the crone, and free her…

…which we learn was the plan of Karnilla and Odin all along. Amora teleports herself to the nameless dimension where Heimdall was exiled and must fight off shadow beings, having drained much of her powers to get there. She detects Heimdall who is cowering in fear and madness. And then she meets the Lord of that dimension: Nightmare….

Preview Pages
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Al Milgrom
Al Milgrom
Mike Rockwitz
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Gary Hartle. Letterer: Michael Heisler.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Norn Queen)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Eric Masterson)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Bloodaxe, Code: Blue (Code Blue), Ed Marrero, Jackie Lukus, Marcus Stone.

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