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Thor #14: Review

Apr 2021
Donny Cates, Nic Klein

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Prey: Finale

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4.5 stars

Thor #14 Review by (April 14, 2021)

Review: An issue-long beating on a villainous character? Always a good thing. And we relish the damage the bad Don Blake suffers—but wait? Wasn’t he a good guy all these decades? Wasn’t he driven mad by the fate Odin chose for him? Didn’t he have a good reason for all the villainy he’s perpetuated over the last five issues? What’s your point? The writer seems to have forgotten this even as he brings it up, putting him under the same sentence as Loki, who was always totally evil (until he became a humorous anti-hero at least). The moral underpinnings might be a bit shaky but the story and art are terrific!     

Comments: Many regular characters appear throughout as background figures, including Sif, Volstagg, Valkyrie, Throg, Lockjaw, and Dr. Strange’s ghost dog, Bats. Blake’s “Thor, I would have words with [Krakadoom!]” is a callback to Thor’s famous line, “Ultron, we would have words with thee” from AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED. So how can Don Blake wield Mjolnir when he is clearly no longer worthy? Too bad we no longer send out No-Prizes.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #14 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor has returned, his soul inhabiting the Destroyer armor, to defeat the mad and villainous Donald Blake. After Thor knocks him flat, Blake summons Mjolnir which doesn’t help as Thor pounds him into the ground. But the Destroyer having been created by Odin gives Blake power over it so Odin summons Mjolnir to him but Beta Ray Bill snatches it out of the air and slams Blake to his knees. Doctor Strange then traps the baddie in the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak, rendering him helpless. Odin prepares to execute Blake but Loki reassembles the broken staff and tosses it to Thor, who slams it to the ground and emerges from the armor, back in his own body. Thor is King and he will judge. He orders Odin to leave and the former All-Father reluctantly does. Thor has Strange release Blake from the bands and tells the villain that he will not kill him as they are brothers, both the creations of Odin. But he will still be punished. And Thor sends a massive jolt of lightning through him, knocking him unconscious; Thor asks Loki for advice on what to do with him. Loki points out that while Blake chose evil, it seems he was set up that way by the path that was chosen for him. So Loki takes Blake to a fate he will not reveal to Thor….

Don Blake awakens in a dungeon, chained to a stone slab, with a giant serpent continually dripping venom into his eyes. Loki congratulates him on sitting on the throne of the God of Evil. He wishes him well and departs….

Nic Klein
Nic Klein
Matthew Wilson
Olivier Coipel (Cover Penciler)
Olivier Coipel (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.


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