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Thor #215: Review

Sep 1973
Gerry Conway, Jim Mooney

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The God in the Jewel

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Thor #215 Review by (January 10, 2023)

Review: Some nifty sci-fi action with a goofy edge as one of the spaceships is a Viking longboat piloted by Norse gods! And the main villain is a portentous giant red crystal who speaks in ultimatums, finally scaring Thor who is at a loss for what to do. A lot of fun with a classic moment of cool when Odin grabs the barrel of a molecular destructor and squeezes it shut. A giant crystal with the ability to control the universe makes no sense but it’s a comic book. Meanwhile, I’m wondering who would win a fight between Xorr and Galactus. Because that’s what the Silver Age was all about, pilgrim!

Comments: Part two of three parts. Mercurio’s left-hand/right-hand powers are reversed from issue #208 and the beginning of issue #214. Foreman Kagg is called Kagk in this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #215 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Asgardians and the Gramosians stand in awe of Xorr the God-Jewel standing before them and announcing its plan to conquer their portion of reality, wielding the power of Sif and Karnilla. Xorr shakes the ground knocking everyone unconscious; they awaken underground where Mercurio, the Fourth-Dimensional Man suggests they make common cause against their powerful enemy but Thor is dubious….

Trapped within the God-Jewel, Sif and Karnilla worry about their safety in any upcoming action by either side. Xorr tries to calm them by giving an account of its origin. Six million years ago their sun was about to go nova; the inhabitants of the planet Xorr built machines to create a protective shell around their world so that the power of the nova shot them across the galaxy, over the centuries the shell shrank and crystalized so that the world because a God-Jewel and it embedded in the asteroid where it still resides and now the time has come for Xorr to take its place in the universe as gods….

Thor and company (Odin, Heimdall, Hogun, Fandral, Hildegarde, Tana Nile, Silas Grant) explore the center of the asteroid and discover the other miners; Mercurio attacks them and the Jewel, sensing conflict, is launched into space by means of huge machinery attached to it, turning it into a spaceship piloted by the three original miners. Thor and company board the Starjammer and set out in pursuit. The two craft exit the Dark Nebula for space. The miners use a tractor beam to hurl asteroids at the Starjammer but Thor is able to steer past them. Meanwhile, Thor and Odin take the time to reconcile after their quarrel in issue #205. The miners fire anti-molecular rays but Thor hurls Mjolnir and destroys their gun. An Asgardian boarding party jumps on the enemy ship, smashing through the dome, the two crews fighting for control. Thor leaps to the jewel to free Sif but she warns him not to as in mere moments they will be drained of all energy, becoming part of the jewel forever; the Jewel takes on a humanoid form and reveals some facts to Thor….

Odin, leading the Asgardians, defeats the miners by destroying a molecular destructor by seizing it with his bare hand. When Thor returns, he tells them that they are finished: should one atom of the Jewel be damaged, they will all die….

Preview Pages
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Jim Mooney
Jim Mooney
Stan Goldberg
John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: John Buscema. Letterer: John Costanza.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.



(Hogun the Grim)

(Norn Queen)


Plus: Mercurio (Fourth-Dimensional Man), Silas Grant, Tana Nile.

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