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Thor #30: Review

Dec 2000
Dan Jurgens, Andy Kubert

Story Name:

Winter's Edge

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Thor #30 Review by (June 22, 2020)

Review: Exciting issue features Thor’s return from space, the return of Beta Ray Bill, an icy battle, and the rescue of Hogun from his deadly predicament. The only thing it lacks is relevance to the MAXIMUM SECURITY event it is tied into. Well, Earth has become a galactic prison and it is mentioned in passing that Beta Ray Bill was sent there by the space cops but that’s it; MAXIMUM SECURITY is just the pretext for getting Bill into the story. But he has one doozy of an entrance and after he beats up the baddie, MAXSEC is mainly forgotten and the series can continue with its current plotlines. Not a bad issue, just a bit contrived. 

Comments: Issue bannered “MAXIMUM SECURITY.” Issue also serves as an epilogue to AVENGERS INFINITY. Beta Ray Bill’s previous Thor appearance was in issue #492 in 1995. First appearance of Pentigaar who also shows up in the following two issues.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #30 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Malekith, sitting around in Svartalfheim, is looking for trouble so he decides to crack open the Casket of Ancient Winters and release Pentigaar and send him to Midgard to kill Thor….

In Asgard, Lady Sif is concerned about the well-being of the realm as she has been left in charge while Odin is in his Odinsleep; she is also concerned that Thor never arrived to take the healing potion to Earth where Hogun lies at the point of death while Hela waits to claim his soul….

Thor, meanwhile, is at a bar on another planet, where the Avengers (Quasar, Photon, Starfox, Tigra) are celebrating after their Infinity adventure with Moondragon and Jack of Hearts. Thor is impatient to get back to Earth to see Hogun and when he leaves the building he is attacked by Galactic Patrol warriors who want the Avengers gone; the other heroes join in the battle but Thor ends it quickly by summoning a hurricane to blow their adversaries away….

On Earth, Dr. Jane Foster confides in her friend Hannah Fairmont her concerns about her comatose husband Keith Kincaid. Jane is summoned back to Hogun’s room by Fandral and Volstagg, the latter pausing briefly to eat all the food in the cafeteria….

Balder the Brave, driving Thor’s chariot, arrives on Earth, rushing to the hospital with the healing potion when he is intercepted by the icy warrior Pentigaar. In their back-alley battle, an overturned dumpster reveals a silver egg that has fallen from the sky; Pentigaar assumes Thor is inside and attacks the egg; Balder, assuming Pentigaar knows what he is talking about, goes to the defense. But the egg bursts open to reveal Beta Ray Bill, exiled to Earth, which is now a space prison, by the Galactic Patrol. Bill delivers such a beating to Pentigaar that the icy warrior flees back to his master, leaving the two heroes to proceed with their mission of mercy….

Just as Jane has given up hope for Hogun, Balder and Bill burst into the room and administer the potion. Hogun recovers and Hela flies off bitterly….

Back in Svartalfheim, Malekith is disappointed so he switches his attention to Asgard, planning to unleash the full fury of the Casket of Ancient Winters on the realm….


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Andy Kubert
Scott Hanna
Gregory Wright
Andy Kubert (Cover Penciler)
Andy Kubert (Cover Inker)
Chris Sotomayor (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Balder
Balder

(Balder the Brave)
Hela
Hela

(Goddess of Death)
Hogun
Hogun

(Hogun the Grim)
Quasar
Quasar

(Wendell Vaughn)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Moondragon, Pentigaar, Photon (Monica Rambeau), Starfox.

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