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Thor #454: Review

Nov 1992
Tom DeFalco, Al Milgrom

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The Warriors Three Die At Dawn

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #454 Review by (July 13, 2022)
Review: Another complicated but lucid plot rehearses the events of several previous issues to show what was going on behind the scenes and demonstrating that Plotters Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz are playing the long game. Still quite exciting.      

Comments: First story: Part four of five parts. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Arko previously appeared in issues #423-425 and 453; only appearance of Tilda, Captain of the Crimson Hawks. 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #454 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Odin has condemned the Warriors Three to die at dawn. Enchantress checks in on the healer who is ministering to the comatose Heimdall and plans to save the Warriors….

A group consisting of Captain Tilda of the Crimson Hawks, Hermod God of Speed, Tyr God of War, and Brunnhilde the Valkyrie comes to Odin, begging him to spare the condemned Warriors; an enraged All-Father drives them from the room. Karnilla the Norn Queen advises him to the same end and he responds with threats….

In Mephisto’s realm, Eric Masterson, Lady Sif, and Balder the Brave accuse Mephisto of deceiving them in the matter of Thor Odinson’s whereabouts. The smarmy demon relates the story of the Soul Shroud, which takes place in the future. In short, in the adventure of the Thor Corps versus Zarrko the Tomorrow Man (issues #438-441), Loki and Zarrko were lost in the time stream….

Hogun, Fandral, Volstagg, and young Arko are escorted from their prison cell by Tilda and the Crimson Hawks and taken to the place of execution. As Arko is about to be beheaded, Enchantress appears, zaps the headsman, and, in the confusion, the Warriors Three fight against the guards and, though they do not trust her, allow Amora to teleport them away. Moments later, Odin appears on the scene, sizes up the situation, and announces vengeance eternal on them….

Mephisto continues the tale: Loki, knowing his doom was certain, cut a deal with Mephisto so that when Thor fought and killed Loki in issue #432, Loki’s spirit entered the body of the All-Father during his Odin-Sleep and Odin’s spirit went into Mephisto’s Soul Shroud. And so it is Loki who rules Asgard….

“As My Dreams Lay a’Dying”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Geof Isherwood. Inks: Geof Isherwood. Colors: Ariane Lenshoek. Letters: Rick Parker.

Synopsis: In their refuge, Amora informs Hogun, Fandral, Volstagg, and Arko that Loki rules Asgard in place of Odin, the Warriors do not believe it and take much convincing. Arko, however, ponders what he has gone through and volunteers to join them in fighting back. Fandral announces they are now the Warriors Four; Amora corrects him, “Five”….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Hogun the Grim)

(Norn Queen)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Eric Masterson)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

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