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Thor #473: Review

Apr 1994
Roy Thomas, M. C. Wyman

Story Name:

New Gods For Old

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #473 Review by (October 4, 2023)

Review: More of the High Evolutionary’s usual hijinks show us where this story arc is going and how Thor will be at the center of it. H.E.’s doing his thing with demi-gods and the usual manimals; the surprise is that Thor, feeling like he doesn’t fit in on Earth, joins the Godpack. Well, we’ve already seen how Thor has made himself unwelcome at home, the one place where he does fit in. So the God of Thunder is likely in for a rude shock, the question is: When? Roy Thomas knows how to tell a fun story, if he restrains himself from verbosity, and he is always welcome to this site.  

Comments: Part two of four parts. First appearance of Bellam. Names are given in the issue for the Godlings/Godpack: Blitziana, Loga, Luminor, and for the New Men: Simbus, Tantaro, and Urson-Wellz (and yes, that last name is supposed to sound like Orson Welles because H.E. does have a sense of humor). Introduced in THOR #134, Man-Beast herein changes his name to Karnivore. The battle between Ymir and Surtur took place in issue #425; High Evolutionary’s last appearance was in the same issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #473 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor has happened upon a battle in a distressed area of New York City and intervened. The High Evolutionary resents his interference in this combat between his Godlings and his latest batch of New Men. Thor orders them to leave, H.E. responds with a violent blast from his hand weapon and a fight ensues. Thor surrounds them with a whirlwind to keep out the New Men and the Godlings (also the police and the public) while they settle their dispute. A cop fires into the whirlwind and the bullets ricochet, injuring bystanders. Thor calls for a halt to the fight, suggesting a safer place to meet and H.E. blasts the distracted Thor, knocking him out. Ignoring the police challenging them, High Evolutionary picks up Thor and has Luminor teleport them elsewhere….

Sif, Balder, and the Grand Vizier were watching from Asgard and Sif determines to rescue her beloved Thor. The Grand Vizier warns her against such action but must turn his attention to other worlds as well. In his viewing device, he checks out the Netherworld and discovers Ymir the Frost Giant and Surtur the Fire Demon locked in battle, still vying for the Twilight Sword which can bring about Ragnarok….

High Evolutionary and company arrive at their secret lab far beneath the city streets. He rebukes the Godlings and New Men for letting their rivalry spill out into the open, endangering Project New Dawn. Thor awakens and is told he is a guest. H.E. relates what has happened since they last met: After observing the birth of a Celestial in the Black Galaxy, he was recovering from his injuries aboard his starship New Wundagore. He told his followers that he intended to return to Earth but Count Tagar and the New Immortals rebelled, wanting to explore space. H.E., too weak to oppose them, departed from the ship and flew back to Earth. His landing on a mountain road caused the wreck of a van transporting prisoners. He put the survivors into stasis and stole some animals from the Bronx Zoo to turn into his latest batch of New Men: Simbus (lion), Tantaro (elephant), and Urson-Wellz (bear). He then used the convicts to create the Godlings in his Bio-Pool: Blitziana (electrical powers), Loga (fire powers), and Luminor (light powers). The New Men became jealous of the care lavished by H.E. on the Godlings and started to quarrel with them, leading to the above-ground battle Thor witnessed. H.E. explains that the Godlings were modelled on the Asgardians, with Blitziana mirroring Thor and Loga being a nicer version of Loki. Now, Bellam, Godling of War, a burly dude with a battle axe for a right hand, is birthed from the Bio-Pool and has gone berserk. H.E. orders his Godlings to subdue him, though they prefer to be called the Godpack. But only when Thor adds his strength does the madman fall. H.E. announces a return to Wundagore and invites Thor to join them. Thor, having always felt out of place among mortals, agrees to go so he can keep company with beings not unlike himself. H.E. chooses to leave the New Men behind to fend for themselves…

…but the New Men overhear this and resent it. Man-Beast, now calling himself Karnivore, steps out of the shadows and suggests they join him, promising to make them a fighting force to overthrow the Godlings….

Preview Pages
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M. C. Wyman
Mike DeCarlo
Ovi Hondru
M. C. Wyman (Cover Penciler)
Mike DeCarlo (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Phil Felix.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)


Plus: Godpack (Godlings), Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon), Ymir (Frost Giant King).

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