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Thor #204: Review

Oct 1972
Gerry Conway, Jim Mooney

Story Name:

Exiled on Earth!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Thor #204 Review by (September 14, 2022)

Review: Emotions are high in this issue as Odin throws a fit in response to Thor’s throwing a fit last issue. The large cast is exiled to Earth but we’re not here for any comical business of the fish out of water variety. Instead, we’re dropped into AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, as the heroes slowly vanish from sight. The issue would be no better than its payoff and here it’s a big one: it’s Mephisto, Marvel’s version of the Devil, though he (occasionally)  comes off a bit dumber than such a supernatural being should. The next issue takes it from there and Mephisto is put to the test and we find out whether this is one of his dumb appearances.

Comments: Part one of two parts. Final appearance of Kamorr. Spoiler: Karl Sarron will be revealed to be Mercurio the Fourth-Dimensional Man in issue #208. Title page lettered by John Costanza. Letters page includes one by future comics artist Bill Blyberg and one by future cartoonist/game designer Mike Suchciki.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #204 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After Thor has finished defying and denouncing his father, Odin responds with anger, stressing that it was his choice alone. All of his companions look away from the All-Father, casting their lots with Thor. Odin exiles them to Earth and then restores the monsters to their human forms and reforms the ruined buildings in an instant, erasing all sign of the battle that took place there….

Elsewhere, Heimdall and Kamorr are returned to Asgard where the guardian swears undying fealty but Odin, still angry over Thor’s tirade, trusts him not. Karnilla the Norn Queen rushes in to inform Heimdall of Odin’s betrayal of Thor. This serves to enrage Odin again and the three are forced to flee the throne room….

Tana Nile and Silas Grant learn of the Asgardians’ fate. Tana, realizing her people (the Rigellians) must think she died on Blackworld, assumes the form of a human female to blend in. Thor then suggests they stay at Avengers Mansion until some solution to their predicament be found. Soon, the heroes are at the Mansion, being welcomed by Jarvis. An alarm goes off and Fandral rushes to investigate; he assaults the intruder, only to discover that it is Iron Man. Explanation ensue, including mentioning that Jarvis had reset the alarms. Then they realize that Volstagg has not been seen since the battle….

Volstagg, in an alley with the little girl he rescued, falls asleep and the girl summons demons who carry the portly warrior away….

At the Mansion, Sif dresses in some clothes borrowed from the Scarlet Witch and Thor, in the form of Dr. Donald Blake, visit his medical office only to find it locked and barred. The building’s new owner, Karl Sarron, explains that there is no record of any special arrangement to hold onto the office should Blake be away for a long time; he asks Don to show him his copy of the lease so matters can be sorted out….

Hildegarde, Tana Nile, and Silas Grant go for a walk through Central Park. A kid’s ball rolls into a tunnel and Grant goes to retrieve it; when he doesn’t return, the boy investigates and discovers that Grant, along with the two women, have vanished….

Taking a break from searching for Volstagg, Balder, Hogun, and Fandral stop at a bar where Fandral flirts with all the ladies. Suddenly discovering his companions have left, he hurries after them to see them vanish before his eyes. Fandral rushes to the scene and is snatched away himself….

At the Mansion, Don broods over their exile and starts to wonder why none of his fellow exiles are back. Hearing a hissing noise, he transforms into Thor and he and Sif go to investigate. The building’s corridor suddenly turns into a cavern where they are attacked by a huge tentacled monster. Thor vanquishes it and it escapes through a portal; Thor and Sif follow into a hellish landscape then come face-to-face with the ruler of that realm: Mephisto, who has their friends captive….


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Jim Mooney
Jim Mooney
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John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: John Buscema. Letterer: Shelly Leferman.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Balder
Balder

(Balder the Brave)
Hogun
Hogun

(Hogun the Grim)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Jarvis
Jarvis

(Edwin Jarvis)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Hildegarde (Hildegarde), Karnilla (Norn Queen), Mercurio (Fourth-Dimensional Man), Silas Grant, Tana Nile.

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