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Thor #271: Review

May 1978
Len Wein, Walt Simonson

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...Like a Diamond in the Sky!

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4 stars

Thor #271 Review by (March 4, 2015)
Comments: Part three of three parts. Title is from the poem “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Cameos by Captain Marvel, Doctor Doom, Spider-Man, Nova, Daredevil, Shang-Chi, plus the sight of the abandoned Baxter Building since the FF broke up in FANTASTIC FOUR #191. On the final page is the message, “So long, Len—good luck” as Len Wein departs as writer with this issue (probably courtesy of Walt Simonson and Tony DeZuniga who also leave with this issue).

Review: My, Len Wein certainly put a lot guest stars into his final issue. Plus there’s a floating heads cover! The issue is quite exciting, even if the presence of all the other heroes is totally superfluous. The sequence of Thor’s lightning recharging Iron Man is spectacular. I have no idea how or why the laser beam exploded before reaching Earth (or even if laser beams explode at all), and I really don’t understand how Tony Stark knew that the radioactive isotopes had changed FAUST, but then I’m no scientist.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #271 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Avengers meet with Nick Fury aboard SHIELD’s new airborne blockhouse taking action against FAUST. The sentient factory has launched itself into orbit and demands that Earth disarm all of its nuclear weapons or die. Fury‘s response is to fire missiles at the orbiting menace but they are easily shot out of the sky. The only alternative is the mysterious Project 13; Thor considers FAUST his responsibility so he volunteers to wield the weapon. Since Iron Man is the expert in machinery, he also elects to come. The other Avengers return to New York while Iron Man and Thor accompany Nick Fury to put their plan in motion….


Another missile barrage is unleashed against FAUST but it is only a diversion as Thor takes himself and Iron Man into the orbiting villain via a vortex. The heroes immediately come under attack by FAUST’s defenses in a conflict so portentous that all the heroes on Earth stop and take note. Passing cannon fire and whirling buzz saw blades the two Avengers reach an area that drains Shellhead of his power and he is assaulted by an army of mechanical defense-drones (they look like turtles). Unable to reach his comrade, Thor changes into Don Blake and crawls through the vents to Iron Man’s side; there he turns back to Thor and recharges Shellhead’s armor with his lightning. The heroes finally reach FAUST’s control room but the villain is protected by an energy field: if they touch it, a laser will annihilate New York City. Iron Man tells Thor to follow him and he attacks FAUST with his repulsor rays and the Thunder God with his hammer. The laser launches but explodes harmlessly over the city as the two Avengers destroy the orbiting enemy. Later Iron Man explains that Thor’s attack on Stilt-Man altered the properties of the radioactive isotopes so that, having absorbed them, it destroyed FAUST’s invulnerability. 

Preview Pages
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Walt Simonson
Tony De Zuniga
Glynis Wein
Walt Simonson (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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