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Thor #281: Review

Mar 1979
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This Hammer Lost!

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4 stars

Thor #281 Review by (May 14, 2019)

Review: The bad news: the introduction of a complicated confusing premise for the story, namely the time wars among the people of Phantus. The good news: it can be completely ignored in favor of the “Thor at war” action sequences. An entertaining issue that again seems like filler until the epic story of the Eternals and the Celestials can begin.

Comments: Part one of two parts. Written by Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio with a plot assist from Peter Gillis and Mike Catron. Keith Pollard and Pablo Marcos shared penciling chores. Figures seen in Limbo include Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doctor Doom, Captain America, Giant-Man, Black Panther (?), Fantastic Four. And the Space Phantom made his debut all the way back in AVENGERS #2, returning in #108.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #281 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor, still brooding over the Celestials, tries to go back in time to his first meeting with them but he becomes lost in the timestream as Mjolnir vanishes from his hand and he finds himself in a misty nowhere. He is welcomed to Limbo by the Space Phantom who explains what is going on: his race invented time travel before space travel and used it to wage war among themselves. This tinkering with time created a major mess and the Phantom was lost in Limbo; Immortus found him and agreed to help him in exchange for SP bringing him subjects to study, leading to SP 's encounters with the Avengers. SP shows Thor his homeworld of Phantus which is slowly being absorbed into Limbo and its vortex likely pulled Mjolnir toward it. SP offers to aid Thor to get to the planet's center to retrieve it. As they descend through the sky, they pass a plane dropping tiny vibro-mines; one hits Thor and he is severely shaken, so he gathers a bunch of them in his cape and flings them back at the plane that dropped them, shaking it to pieces. On the ground, the Thunder God is hit by a plasma bomb, a sticky goop that drains a body of all moisture; Thor just rips it off him and kicks the tank that fired it into junk. Thor then takes the wrecked tank and compresses it down to a makeshift hammer and smashes away at tanks and soldiers. A graviton bomb is dropped on him and it increases his gravity so that everything around him is attracted, burying him under a rapidly growing pile of junk; he is able to throw it all off and continue on his mission, hurling his new hammer to take down several planes. Thor and SP enter a building where the Thunder God takes about two seconds to clobber all the guards and they come to a portal in the ground that will take Thor to the center of the planet where it exists half in real-time and half in Limbo. Thor jumps in—and is trapped. Space Phantom is using him as a timeless cork, causing the planet to slip back into its own time. And worse: in two realms at once, after sixty seconds without Mjolnir, the entire left side of Thor's body changes into that of Dr Donald Blake....

Preview Pages
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Pablo Marcos
Ben Sean
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Tom Palmer (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jim Novak.


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