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Thor #452: Review

Oct 1992
Tom DeFalco, Gary Hartle

Story Name:

With This Axe, I Thee Kill!

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Thor #452 Review by (June 14, 2022)

Review: A brutal battle, punctuated by a debate over whether Bloodaxe qualifies as a hero or villain, is the highlight of this issue which also introduces a kinky Sif wearing a combination of black leather and nothing, raising the hopes for next issue of twelve-year-old boys of all ages. The second story is a bit of a disappointment as Amora’s escape is a lot easier than it should have been with Nightmare turning out to be quite a wimp. Looks like Tom DeFalco wanted to get this installment over with as soon as possible.  

Comments: First story: Part two of five parts. The title is a play on the wedding vow, “With this ring, I thee wed.” Savage Sif’s greeting, “Abandon all hope ye who enter here” marks the entrance to Hell in Dante’s Inferno. Inks by Al Milgrom, Ray Kryssing, Steve Alexandrov, and Ariane Lenshoek. Second story: Part two of two parts. Only appearance of the Mirror of Melancholy.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #452 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Atop a ruined building, Thor battles the mad executioner Bloodaxe while Balder stands by to intervene. The two combatants have the usual conversation over whether the baddie is dispensing justice or just bloody murder. The battle is brutal, demolishing much property. The police arrive and Balder intervenes to keep them back a safe distance. In Asgard, Odin and Karnilla hatch a scheme to kill Thor. The combat continues, with Bloodaxe dropping a building’s façade onto the hero—but he soon leaps up, unharmed….

In the dark domain, Mephisto shows Sif the Soul Shroud bearing the face of Thor Odinson. Sif fights a horde of monsters which never seems to run out….

Thor is smashing Bloodaxe when Karnilla casts her spell which strikes Thor like a bolt of lightning. In the fight, Thor suddenly finds himself losing strength and Balder steps forth to stop the villain. Bloodaxe uses his axe to shoot an energy bolt into the ground to rupture a gas main, causing it to explode. Balder drags Thor to safety but Bloodaxe is gone. In a nearby alley, Bloodaxe returns to his normal identity [spoiler: it’s Jackie Lukus] who departs, unable to shake the feeling that she is being controlled by the axe….

Sif, lying beneath a pile of dead monsters, is plucked forth by Mephisto who offers to trade Thor for her service. She agrees and he takes her under his cloak….

Stopping at avengers Mansion, Eric Masterson showers and shaves as he prepares to invade Mephisto’s realm on a suicide mission. Balder is impressed with his courage. Eric transforms back to Thor and discovers the beard has returned. They teleport into the underworld where they are met by Mephisto’s new champion, the savage Sif, who beseeches them to leave or die….  

“If the Enchantress Should Fall!”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Art: Geof Isherwood. Colors: Mike Rockwitz. Letters: Rick Parker.
Synopsis: Searching for the exiled Heimdall, Amora the Enchantress has teleported to the mystery realm and discovered it is the domain of Nightmare. She and the mindless Heimdall are seized by a tentacled monster. Amora is able to easily dispel the monster which is an illusion. The two drop through the air until they land on a soft and sticky land; Amora conjures up an ectoplasmic sword to cut them free. She confronts Nightmare who produces the Mirror of Melancholy in which Amora sees herself grow old and ugly. She stabs the sword into the ground and a blast sets her and Heimdall free from Nightmare’s world; she vows vengeance on Karnilla and Odin….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Norn Queen)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Eric Masterson)

Plus: Bloodaxe.

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