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Thor #31: Review

Feb 2023
, Nic Klein

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Blood of the Fathers Part One

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #31 Review by (February 22, 2023)

Review: A new story arc begins with the disappearance of the dead and another romp through the darker realms, played for a lot of comedy for such a dire situation. The limerick-quoting giant ravens are a quirky touch, funny and nasty at the same time. Thor and Jane continue to trade barbs as Doom ponders the end of the world. The second story with Black Panther is a nice little tale, marked by the appearance of a goddess and not a little humor itself. Especially the lion hunt.

Comments: Written by Torunn Gronbekk and Donny Cates. Hulked-out Thor destroyed Bifrost in issue #26.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #31 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Having opened Bor’s vault, Thor is transfixed by the vision of the entirety of history. A now-adult Laussa comes to him from the future, drawing his attention away from the Time Storm and telling him to “check on your dead,” a message future Thor gave her to bring….

Checking on his dead, Thor discovers Valhalla is empty and summons Valkyrie (Jane Foster). They bicker comically for a page or two with Odin, inhabiting Mjolnir, joining in. Thor tells Jane they are under attack by an unknown enemy; she sees the ruined Bifrost but Thor tells her he did that himself when he was a Hulk. They travel to Hel, the kingdom of the dead ruled over by Hela, via Thor’s goat cart and find both she and Karnilla are gone. The place is inhabited by the Valravn, a pair of massive ravens that feast on the dead while quoting limericks. When one of them targets Odin with a snarky poem, he is enraged and flies through the air, smashing the giant bird in the head. Thor scoops up phis hammer as the other Valravn tries to stomp on him but Thor is protected by Jane’s spread wings. Thor shows his glory, demanding answers from the two cowed birds. Then Nidhogg, eater of the dead, an even more gigantic dragon, arrives. Thor hurls Mjolnir into its open mouth and it comes smashing out through its eye. Thor speaks to Odin in the hammer but there is no answer….

In Latveria, Doctor Doom philosophizes on the end of the world and we discover he has Hela, Goddess of Death, trapped and helpless in a glass container….

“When One Door Closes”  4/5
Writer: Cheryl Lynn Eaton. Art: Criscross. Colors: Andrew Dalhouse. Letters: Joe Sabino.
Synopsis: Bast arrives at Avengers Mountain, seeking Black Panther and a boon owed her by Odin. Thor steps in, offering to repay his father’s debt. Bast explains to the two heroes that in her temple, the gate to Duat, Land of the Dead is broken and she wants them to repair it lest something nasty escape. Thor and T’Challa stop off to tranquilize a lioness as the key to the first of the gates. Taking the drugged cat, they head to the Temple of Bast and enter to find the giant reptile demon called Ammut. T’Challa fights the monster while Thor uses Mjolnir to repair the gate and the lioness forces the demon back to its own realm. From within Mjolnir, Odin claims the victory but Bast reveals she was in the lioness so she is victor—and Odin still owes her a favor….

Nic Klein
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Nic Klein (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Sabino.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(Goddess of Death)


(Jane Foster)

Plus: Bast, Laussa Odinsdottir (Laussa).

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