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Thor #219: Review

Jan 1974
Gerry Conway, John Buscema

Story Name:

A Galaxy Consumed!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #219 Review by (February 14, 2023)

Review: Shades of Kirby! Some nice world building as Kirby was inclined to do, showing us the enslaved Sub-Worlders and their dreams of freedom. And dig the ornate Kirbyesque outfit of the ruler on the last page! Some nice battle scenes from not one but two fights against robots, each with a different outcome. Thor gets to exercise his role as protector and so things head toward a promising climax—but even Kirby would have been surprised by the next issue.

Comments: Part two of three parts. Letterer Gaspar Saladino credited as L.P. Gregory. The image on page 7, panel 1 was used for Thor’s Marvel Value Stamp.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #219 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor and his companions (Sif, Balder, Tana Nile, Silas Grant) are stunned by the sight of the Black Stars, displayed on a viewscreen aboard the Rigellians’ ship. Thor is filled with despair, concluding their mission is in vain. Sif encourages Thor so Thor and company board the Starjammer and head for one of the space-scoops…

…where a giant robot called Avalon sees them approach and wonders if they could be the ones to free his people from bondage. Avalon reaches up for the arriving ship and accidentally crushes its wooden hull. The Asgardians take this for an attack and so they fight against the robot who proves immensely strong, drawing energy from the scoop though his feet. After a skirmish, Avalon throws them off and explains that he welcomes them as friends but first had to test them and by way of explanation, he takes them below….

In Asgard, Hildegarde asks of her parents what has happened to her sister Krista and is told she has isolated herself in her room and does not come out. Hildegarde mounts the stairs to talk to her and finds Krista sitting and gazing at the crystal she found (issue #217). Suddenly there is a bright flash and Krista is gone….

Avalon explains to Thor and company that his people, the Sub-Worlders, are robots made of living metal, created by the Masters of the Black Stars to service that space-scoops and that Thor and his party are the first organic beings they have seen in ten thousand years. They are slaves but they cannot leave because they must draw energy from the surrounding machinery to survive. The Rigellian mutates beg Thor to help the Sub-Worlders just as he helped them. Thor agrees so he and Avalon go to the surface of the scoop as it is being withdrawn to its planet of origin. But a globe, launched automatically to deal with the rebellion of the Sub-Worlders, discharges a burly robot called the Protector to defeat them. The Protector overcomes Avalon in seconds then turns its attention to Thor. Thor clouts it with Mjolnir but his foe shrugs off the attack. Boasting that it has overpowered Thor, Protector picks him up in it arms and squeezes. Thor merely hemmers it with successive blows rendering the Protector into scrap. As they ride the scoop back to the planet, Thor and Avalon are suddenly stunned by what they see….

Preview Pages
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John Buscema
Mike Esposito
Glynis Wein
John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
John Buscema (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino.


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(Balder the Brave)



Plus: Krista, Rigellians, Silas Grant, Tana Nile.

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