The Mighty Thor Annual #1: Review

Aug 2012
J. M. DeMatteis, Richard Elson

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Story Name:

Thor: Scrier's Game

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

The Mighty Thor Annual #1 Review by (May 21, 2014)
Review: It isn’t often that one sees an adventure in which Thor is the weakest character involved. This is one such instance. A knockout cosmic epic made extremely entertaining by terrific art and nice writing that skirts the fine line between mind-blowing and incoherent.

Comments: This story takes place before THE MIGHTY THOR #1 (which also featured Galactus and the Silver Surfer). Scrier (not the same person as the Spider-Man character) first appeared in SILVER SURFER ANNUAL 1997; The Other was introduced in SILVER SURFER (1987) #-1 (yes, Minus One). The latter, looking like the former, was a servant of Thanos in THE AVENGERS movie. PS the cover lies; Thor and Silver Surfer don’t fight in this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The Mighty Thor Annual #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Prologue: The Watcher warns the Scrier about the dangerous game he is planning to play with The Other; Scrier doesn’t listen….

Dr Don Blake is sitting in the diner in Broxton, Oklahoma, with his friend, veterinarian Rachel Geist when she is suddenly transformed into an energy being and takes off into space. Don turns into Thor and follows her into space where she is joined by a multitude of other energy beings also formerly disguised as Earth people and they attack Thor’s mind. He recovers quickly to find they have reformed themselves to create a giant stone citadel in space. Meanwhile, Scrier has arranged with Galactus to borrow the Silver Surfer and they meet Thor and tell him that they need his aid against the extra-dimensional virus called The Other, which is threatening to invade the galaxy. But there is another player in this cosmic war: Oblivion, who hopes to manipulate the two warring entities into engineering the death of the universe. As The Other’s minions attack, Scrier reaches into the consciousnesses of Thor and SS to create a vast multitude of variations on the two heroes as an army against his enemy. They join their energies with Rachel’s and destroy The Other’s minions. Scrier then suggests a half-billion-years’ truce with The Other and offers Thor as captive to sweeten the deal. Surfer then realizes he was tricked into luring Thor there but the God of Thunder agrees to sacrifice himself to save the universe. But he doesn’t have to: Galactus, incensed at being deceived, arrives and goes to war against both the Scrier and The Other. As this three-way battle threatens to wipe out the galaxy, Thor, Silver Surfer, and Rachel plead with the cosmic beings to stop and join their powers in an ineffectual assault on the trio. This gets them to reconsider their course and decide to spare reality from destruction. The truce is settled; Scrier frees Rachel and she goes in search of her destiny; Galactus warns Thor never to fight him again and splits with his herald.

Epilogue: Don Blake asks around but no one remembers Rachel Geist. Oblivion, meanwhile, claims to have engineered all of this for his own purposes….

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Richard Elson
Richard Elson
Morry Hollowell
Patrick Zircher (Cover Penciler)
Patrick Zircher (Cover Inker)
Andy Troy (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)



Plus: Oblivion, Scrier, The Other.

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