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Thor #132: Review

Sep 1966
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

Rigel: Where Gods May Fear to Tread!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #132 Review by (January 19, 2015)
Comments: This issue outdoes the previous issue in a couple of ways. First and foremost, it ends on a great cliffhanger with the introduction of one of Marvel’s quirkiest cosmic entities, Ego, the Living Planet. The writing seems all around stronger and more engaging, as well. For example, there is a great moment where the Grand Commissioner of the Rigelians, who had up to now been portrayed as generic “little green men,” has a very human moment in which he laments the weight of his position. There’s also a comedic moment where Tana Nile orders a police officer to take her to the U.N. so she can declare herself Empress of Earth, but he just assumes she is crazy and drives her to the police precinct. All in all, this issue has a lot to offer, and is definitely worth a read.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #132 Synopsis by Seahammer

On his way to the planet Rigel to release the Earth from the Colonizers’ Space Lock, Thor’s presence is discovered and a Rigelian force is sent against him. Thor quickly defeats them, despite their advanced technology, and assumes command of their ship. Meanwhile, Rigelian Colonizer Tana Nile has remained on Earth to be installed as Empress. She walks down the street without any disguise, and commands a police officer to take her to the U.N. The police officer, of course, thinks she is crazy and begins driving her to the precinct.

As Thor nears Rigel, another force is sent to stop him in his tracks: a powerful Rigelian robot known as an Indestructible. Thor struggles to defeat the Indestructible; even spinning Mjolnir fast enough to create a super-heated "atomic storm" did not stop it. Finally, though, Thor forces the Indestructible’s powerful arm backwards, causing it fire its own deadly upon itself.

On Rigel, the Grand Commissioner laments the new threat of Thor being added to the ongoing growing threat of the Black Galaxy. Thor finally arrives on Rigel, and a brief skirmish follows. Afterwards, the Grand Commissioner greets him and explains that Earth is in more danger from the Black Galaxy than it is from the Colonizers of Rigel, and that he will release the insignificant Earth from the Space Lock if Thor comes to their aid against the Black Galaxy. Back on Earth, Jane Foster has continued to journey further and further from New York City, though she is still unaware what has compelled her.

Thor agrees to investigate the Black Galaxy for the Grand Commissioner, so he and a humanoid robot, a Recorder, set off. As they enter the galaxy they learn that it is not a normal galaxy, but a living bio-verse. Once inside the Black Galaxy, Thor and the Recorder meet Ego, the Living Planet, who announces: "I have been waiting for you!"

Story #2

The Dark Horse of Death! (Tales of Asgard series)

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Vince Colletta. Letterer: Sam Rosen.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

After last issue’s battle, Thor declares the city of Muspelheim liberated from its barbarian invaders. As the Thunder God and his Warriors Three rest up, a sinister drum beat is heard throughout the city. It summons the great Black Stallion of Doom, portending the death of a mighty warrior. As the stallion enters the city gates, the normally brave warriors flee, fearing that they will be the one chosen by the horse. Thor visits the quarters of the wounded barbarian leader Harokin who knows the Black Stallion has come for him. Thor tries to comfort him but the Stallion comes to a halt outside that very chamber….

Preview Pages
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Jack Kirby
Vince Colletta
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Vince Colletta (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Harokin, Tana Nile.

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