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Thor #464: Review

Jul 1993
Ron Marz, Bruce Zick

Story Name:

Blessed Obedience

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4 stars

Thor #464 Review by (February 11, 2023)
This is a  tie-in to the Infinity Crusade event, lying somewhere around the end of #1 and the beginning of #2.

The Ares/Pluto subplot lumbers on next issue.

Goddess will continue on in IC#2. Thor and Hercules will be there and in some tie-ins in background roles. Thor will be part of a squad sent to subdue Spider-Man in Web Of SM #105. Then his next issue will take place within IC#3.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #464 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Goddess recruited Thor to her Infinity Crusade last issue. Now she brings him to her cathedral on the planet Paradise Omega that she created in IC#1 on the far side of the Sun. Even the Asgardian is impressed by the huge edifice and she has talked him into complete acceptance of her plan to delete evil from the universe and usher in an age of peace and love. Inside he sees the other heroes (too numerous to list) who have enlisted in her cause. But she mentions that there are other Earth heroes who have resisted her call, and she reminds him of how she had to get rid of his companion Valkyrie (last issue) because she objected to the Thunder God joining her.

The Asgardian is greeted by his friend Hercules who asks why he's sad. Thor tells him that he has lost his love (Valkyrie). (He still doesn't know that she was a figment of his imagination brought on by his current madness who spent all her time telling him what he wanted to hear, that his father Odin and other friends were plotting against him.) But the Olympian just laughs at the idea of a lovesick Thor, so the madness rises and Thor starts to fight him. And the Goddess doesn't seem to have dimmed Herc's love of a scrap either. But she breaks the fight up and they both apologise to her. Then she sends Thor to the basement to meditate.

Meanwhile we spend a little time with a subplot. In #462 Pluto and Ares attacked Thor because Pluto believed his madness made the Asgardian vulnerable. But Thor inflicted severe injuries on the Olympian War God from which he's now recovering slowly. Last issue Pluto told Zeus that it was Thor who attacked *them*, and the Lord Of Olympus swore vengeance. Now Pluto updates Ares, but they both worry about Zeus' rage if he learns they lied.

Thor is wandering through rough-hewn catacombs when he suddenly meets Valkyrie whom he thought dead. She assures him that she shares his soul and they can never be parted. But then another voice interrupts - his brother Loki who is supposedly a captive of Mephisto (since #455). The God Of Evil assures him otherwise, and Thor notes that Val has gone again - and Loki doesn't know who he's talking about.

Believing Loki has done something to her Thor attacks him and threatens to kill him. But Loki says evil is eternal and can never be destroyed. And then he turns into a snake monster and wraps him in his coils, as evil has its grip on the world.

But then Goddess appears and the snake vanishes. She says that Loki was an illusion she planted in his mind to show him how evil truly couldn't be defeated by any 1 hero, but that they will succeed if they all work together. Thor repledges his support for her but asks why she sent an illusion of Valkyrie too. She denies that and says he must have imagined it.

Preview Pages
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Bruce Zick
Mike DeCarlo
George Roussos
Bruce Zick (Cover Penciler)
Mike DeCarlo (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Phil Felix.
Editor: Mike Rockwitz. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


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