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Thor #477: Review

Aug 1994
Roy Thomas, Stewart Johnson

Story Name:

Three Who Ride The Thunder

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4 stars

Thor #477 Review by (November 21, 2023)

Review: And the epic battle continues and it is pretty exciting, though part one is still my favorite. And all of the readers should be wondering who the new Thor is and it will be quite a surprise, being a character who appeared for three issues a couple of decades earlier but that’s what Roy Thomas does best: not forgetting a comic’s history. And all of the crazy alt-Blake stuff is about to come to a head but in the following issue, once the astonishment of the new Thor wears off.

Comments: Part two of two parts. Thunderstrike’s origin was in issue #459; this marks his first appearance in the title since then though Thor had appeared in THUNDERSTRIKE #10. This version of Don Blake returns in issues #481-483. The Empire State Budling’s observation deck is 1,250 feet/381 meters above the ground.  


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #477 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Destroyer, clutching Mjolnir, stands over the fallen Thor and proclaims victory. Then the creature seems to weaken and Thor questions this but Thunderstrike suddenly appears and clout the Destroyer. But the Destroyer clouts him back and the image of Hela, Goddess of Death, appears over the armor to reveal that it is animated by the spirit of Garm, her Hellhound sidekick. Thunderstrike returns to hammer at the Destroyer but does not affect him very much until the two Thors team up to hit him together. Hela commands Garm to flee and he does, crashing through a building. The two heroes must stop to shore up the building to keep it from collapsing and the villain gets away. Thor discovers a broken piece of Mjolnir on the battleground and takes it with him….

In Wundagore, the Godpack are hard at work at the High Evolutionary’s purposes while Jane Foster and her son Jimmy Kincaid relax. Jane strikes up a conversation with Blitziana but catches on from the godling’s questions that she is interested in Thor. But when she mentions it, Blitziana dumps her on the ground with a snide quip and moves on….

Thunderstrike tows Thor behind him as he flies up to the Empire State Building’s observation deck to scan the city for the fugitive Destroyer. A little boy wants to shake Thor’s hand as his hero but Thor doesn’t even notice him and the kid cries. Thor climbs to the top of the antenna and spots their quarry below. The two heroes fly down while the crowd puzzles over the identity of the bearded guy with the hammer while Thor was without one. The kid explains and gets it all correct but the crowd just marvels at the kid’s active imagination….

Thor and Thunderstrike arrive in the alley where Thor had spotted the Destroyer but it is not in sight—and then the building collapses, burying them under tons of rubble. Destroyer appears and blasts the rubble with his energy weapon, fusing the rubble together into solid rock. The villain approaches Thunderstrike (Thor is almost completely buried) to kill him with Mjolnir….

In Asgard, Odin addresses the curious assembly (Sif, Balder, Beta Ray Bill, Warriors Three, others), saying that as Ragnarök is drawing near, every Asgardian has a part to play but Thor has abandoned Asgard. And so, since Thor is necessary to victory, Odin has restored the Thunder God to his rightful homeland and draws back a curtain. The assembled heroes are shocked and stunned….

The Destroyer is about to strike Thunderstrike with Mjolnir when Thor emerges from the rubble and fights him. The two Thors battle the one armor with Thor taking the brunt of the beating until he comes to a realization. He dashes off, leaving Eric to tussle with their foe and returns with the comatose Dr. Donald Blake. Thor has puzzled out that it is both Garm and Blake animating the Destroyer as the armor has never been animated by one lacking human form. The spirit of Blake battles Hela and Garm, causing the Destroyer to pause so that Thor can take Mjolnir back from it and together the two heroes clobber the Destroyer, knocking it to the ground. Hela and Garm are forced back to Hel and Blake recovers his senses. The bitter Blake refuses any help from Thor and allows Thunderstrike to assist him back to his office. Thor vows to repair Mjolnir and then use it to return to Asgard and demand Odin tell him the truth about Don Blake….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Goddess of Death)


(Eric Masterson)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Donald Blake Construct, Godpack (Godlings), Jimmy Kincaid.

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