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Thor #82: Review

Sep 2004
Daniel Berman, Andrea Di Vito

Story Name:

Ragnarok Part the Third

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

Thor #82 Review by (August 15, 2012)
Review: More epic battle scenes, including the haunting images of Thor discovering the bodies of the fallen Harokin, Kurse, and Vidar, make this another attractive issue, and the surprise appearance of Beta Ray Bill—a Thor character but not one ever considered an Asgardean—is icing on the cake. An interesting point is how Thor misses the Loki who was raised with him as a brother—that even in war, he regards his worst enemy with a mixture of sorry and regret. The only debit is that the story overdoes it a bit on heroes discovering their friends weren’t dead as they thought—with Thor learning Sif was still alive twice—which tends to milk the pathos a bit too much, but Oeming keeps it restrained for all that.

Comments: Deaths of Fanral, Hogun, Harokin, Valkyrie, Durok. Geirroodur is misspelled “Geirroodur;” Hrinmeer is called “Hrimnerr.”




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #82 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Two months ago, the Warriors Three bearing a wounded Sif, sought refuge from the forces of Loki in Alfheim, land of the Light Elves. They were found there by Loki’s flying ship, Naglfar, made of the nails of the dead which attacked immediately with a cloud of arrows….

Now Thor arrives there to find the land a ruin, blanketed in snow. He encounters a thin and emaciated Volstagg who tells him of the destruction of Alfheim and the deaths of Fandral, Hogun, and (apparently) Sif. Thor encourages his despairing comrade and gives him the war hammer of Geirrodur, King of the Trolls, whose forces have been defeated by the army of Asgard. As Thor leads his followers through the snowy wastes, he discovers that Harokin and his barbarians have destroyed Hrinmeer the Flame at the costs of many lives, including Harokin’s. Moving on, further losses are revealed.: former enemy Kurse sacrificed his life to save child refugees from Asgard and Thor’s brother Vidar who abandoned the warrior life for his farm acquitted himself well in battle against the enemy. They finally come upon Loki’s forces besieging Vannahiem and enter battle. Thor engages Fenris, who has grown to giant-size; Valkyrie, who has returned to fight beside her people, is slain by Durok the Destroyer). Thor discovers Sif is alive, though having lost an arm. In a battle of strength, Thor draws upon deep reserves he never knew he had and slays Durok, then, weak and injured, turns to face Fenris. Suddenly a blast from the sky overwhelms the wolf-creature: Beta Ray Bill, come to fight alongside his oath brother….



Andrea Di Vito
Andrea Di Vito
Laura Villari
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Steve Epting (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Hogun
Hogun

(Hogun the Grim)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Valkyrie
Valkyrie

(Brunnhilda)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Durok the Demolisher, Hildegarde (Hildegarde).

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