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Thor #487: Review

Jun 1995
Roy Thomas, M. C. Wyman

Story Name:

Hel On Earth

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #487 Review by (March 20, 2024)

Review: One of the series scariest covers ushers us into an epic of destruction as several groups of little good guys take on a cadre of giant monsters. Thrilling issue with not a lot else to say.

Comments: Part three of five parts. Godpack members are Blitziana (electrical powers), Loga (fire powers), Bellam (axe for hand), Anak (super-strength), Zefra (super-speed), and Riger (super-sight and -hearing); for some reason, Luminor (light powers) is not present. Forsung is called Farsung in this issue. Page two says two Ice Dwarves are present but the picture has three. Kurse’s quote to Thor, “I know Thor, Thor has been a friend of mine, and you…are no Thor,” is a parody of Lloyd Bentsen’s dismissal of Dan Quayle during the 1988 American Vice-Presidential debate, telling him he was no Jack Kennedy i.e. President John F. Kennedy. On page 13, High Evolutionary’s voice appears to be coming from Bellam. Charles Barnett contributed to the inking. The letters page includes one by noted letterhack Joey Marchese.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #487 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor and Sif stand amazed at the monsters brought to Earth by the vengeful Kurse: the Midgard Serpent, Nidhogg, Fafnir the Giant, Forsung the Enchanter, Fafnir the Dragon, an Ice Giant, and a pair of Ice Dwarves. Thor tries once again to tell Kurse he is not Malekith but Thor and once again Kurse, under the enemy’s spell, does not believe him and attacks….

Odin watches the events on Midgard through the magic viewer and chooses not to help Thor, who left Asgard for Earth….

The monsters begin a rampage on Earth and Thor flies high into the sky to stop Nidhogg from devouring a jet plane, calling down lightning the kill the monster once again. Sif takes on Fafnir the Giant and Fafnir the Dragon and seems to be losing while Thor must deal with the largest and deadliest foe, the Midgard Serpent. And then help arrives in the form of the High Evolutionary, leading his Godpack. Distracted by this new development, Thor is trapped in the Serpent’s toothy mouth where noxious fumes begin to have an effect on him as he tries to pound his way out with Mjolnir. HE orders the Godpack to attack and they do. Sif and Blitziana take on Fafnir the Dragon while the others split up, each choosing a foe. Riger, the weakest of the team, is warned not to endanger himself but he whips out a solid light projector and blasts the Ice Giant in the face….

In Asgard, Odin wearily turns away from the magic viewer and leaves the room. Beta Ray Bill, Balder, the Grand Vizier, and the Warriors Three come out of hiding as the All-Father had forbidden them to use the viewer to check on Thor. They see Thor and his allies faring poorly against the monsters and we see Thor himself about to succumb to the Serpent’s poisonous breath. Kurse exults in victory—and then he is blasted by the new players on the field: Beta Ray Bill, Balder, and the Warriors Three….

In Asgard, Odin catches the Grand Vizier watching the battle on Earth; GV realizes that Odin had set them all up, knowing Thor’s pals would rush to his side without his having to order them to do so. He acted as a father before Lord of Asgard….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Fafnir, Godpack (Godlings), Midgard Serpent.

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