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Thor #600: Review

Apr 2009
J. Michael Straczynski, Marko Djurdjevic

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4 stars

Thor #600 Review by (September 27, 2012)
Review: This milestone issue returns the series to the (recalculated) number it would have had if Marvel hadn’t gone tinkering with new volumes; they’ll probably do it again for 700 in a few years—and then five minutes later launch another #1 to attract new readers. Them’s the breaks of having to please long-time fans while attracting newbies. The main story is a nightmarishly violent epic that ends with Thor killing his grandfather; the second tale is your standard “hero wants to quit but the admiration of a child makes him realize it’s all worth it” trope from Stan Lee himself. The latter tale really needs the 1960s (and a child’s sensibilities) to make it work and the former is gruesome but works because we no longer have a child’s sensibilities behind comic books any more. JMS lays another thread for the tapestry of horror and betrayal this title is turning into—though occasional cute moments like the fat kid who believes all the Norse gods do all day is thump each other, and turns out to be right.

Comments: 1. Loki’s mention of “walking to and fro upon the Earth” is a quote from Satan in the Biblical Book of Job.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #600 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
After much planning, Loki (in the body of Sif since issue #5 of the previous series) is ready to spring his trap: he recalls Bor, father of Odin, from the living snow he had become and restores him to his normal form in downtown Manhattan. But Bor has been implanted with a delusion: he sees the city as a hellish nightmare world, with cars as monstrous machines and the people as demons. Sensing his son Odin is no longer on the plane, Bor begins a reign of destruction to avenge him. Jane Foster, witnessing this rampage, calls Don Blake who transforms into Thor and races to the scene. Bor sees him as a skeletal demon who boasts about killing Odin and the two end up in furious, earth-shaking battle. Thor receives a shock when he hurls Mjolnir at his foe and Bor catches it in one hand and calmly tosses it away. Divining that there is more to this than meets the eye, Thor summons the Avengers to help slow down his foe while he unlocks the mystery. But the Thunder God has another shock in store: the heroes who respond to his call are not his faithful comrades but the Dark Avengers, led by Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn) who attempt to defeat both of the gods. Outnumbered, Bor unleashes the full fury of his power which impels Thor to take him on in one final burst of violence—and kill him with a blow that breaks Mjolnir. Balder and Loki arrive too late (thanks to the Trickster’s timing) to prevent this. As Bor dies, Loki slyly reminds everyone that Thor has slain the first King of Asgard and the penalty for such a crime is exile. Thus the guilt-ridden Thor is banished forever from Asgard, as Loki had planned all along. Later, the God of Evil visits a tavern where he starts suggesting that the Asgardians would be much happier in a land with more mountains and snow than Oklahoma affords, and that he has contacted the king of such a nation who has agreed to host the Aesir. This new welcoming land? Latveria, ruled by Doctor Doom….

Story #2

To Asgard! Forever!

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: David Aja. Inker: David Aja. Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth. Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.

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The Avengers are having a tough time battling alien robots until Thor arrives to save the day. His comrades-in-arms thank him as he is summoned to Asgard for duty. There he fights off attacking giants led by Loki along with a fire dragon and underworld monsters. Wearying of the endless combat, he swears off war forever and asks Sif to marry him, intending to settle down. He writes out a long missive explaining the situation to Odin but is interrupted by a call from Earth: he is needed to perform a crucial operation as Dr. Don Blake. After the surgery is a success, the young patient tells him that he pulled though because of his hero Thor, who taught him never to stop fighting. Afterward, Thor tears up the letter to Odin and returns to Asgard.

Story #3

Welcome Back, Thor!

Writer: Chris Giarrusso. Penciler: Chris Giarrusso. Inker: Chris Giarrusso. Colorist: Chris Giarrusso.

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By None

Story #4

Reprinted Material

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The following stories are reprinted from earlier issues:

"Balder the Brave" from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #106

"Balder Must Die!" from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #107

"The Coming of Loki!" from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #112

"The Boyhood of Loki!" from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #113

"A Viper in Our Midst!" from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #115

Marko Djurdjevic
Marko Djurdjevic
Paul Mounts
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Penciler)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Inker)
Marko Djurdjevic (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(Clint Barton)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)


Plus: Bor, Norman Osborn.

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