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Thor #285: Review

Jul 1979
Roy Thomas, Chic Stone

Story Name:

Deviants and Doormen!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Thor #285 Review by (June 18, 2019)

Review: An issue that begins and ends with Thor ducking the police? Looks like someone isn't in a mood for explanations. Half the issue is an explanation to Thor, so it seems he's just being rude to the cops. Anyway, another great character, Karkas, the sensitive giant monster, is introduced to the title with the obligatory fight scene, followed by the obligatory team-up. The issue's main purpose seems to be to get all the important characters heading toward the Deviant city where the next act of the drama is to take place. And it does it in a very enjoyable manner. Cutest moment: Don Blake is bemused at how quickly Thor's speech patterns dissolve when he takes on mortal form.

Comments: Part three of the Eternals Saga which spans issues #283-301. First appearances of Karkas, Thena, Ransak/Reject, and Kro in Thor's book. Oddly, SHIELD Agent Johnson is a CIA Agent here. Karkas is a fan of Henry David Thoreau and Sersi a devotee of Louis Armstrong.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #285 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor returns to the United States, towing the crippled jet liner and shocking hundreds of witnesses at JFK Airport. He lands the plane safely then takes off before the police can talk to him. As he flies through the city he muses on his mixed feelings about using a secret identity. Landing, he transforms back into Dr Donald Blake and almost immediately encounters a former patient, Mrs Worthington Ford, who is able to get him into the apartment building where Dr Damian told him his daughter was staying. Don finds Sersi's apartment door unlocked and looks in to find it a shambles—and there is a gigantic red-haired man there who demands he leave. When Don refuses the fellow turns into the huge Mutate Karkas, leading Don to turn into Thor. They fight until Karkas realizes that Thor is not an evil Deviant and then the Mutate activates Sersi's magic mirror and Thor is able to see the events leading up to this meeting....

Ikaris and Margo Damian flew from the window (seen last issue) and were snatched up by an aircraft piloted by the Eternal Thena and two Mutates, Karkas and Reject (later known as Ransak). After making introductions (and dissing the absent Sersi), Thena announces that she has found the new city of the Deviants. Landing the ship and turning it invisible, the Eternals use their powers to give everyone a human appearance. They go down into the subway and after the train has gone by jump onto the tracks, Thena paralyzing a police officer who tries to stop them. They follow the tracks deeper into the Earth using the Deviatron, a device that detects Deviants (what else?); when they reach the city they drop their disguises and enter boldly. They are immediately attacked by the denizens of the city and fight back, though still hoping to make common cause against the Celestials. The Deviant warlord Kro seizes Margo, forcing the others to surrender—except for Karkas who escapes and sets out to find Sersi...

...arriving at her apartment only moments before Thor. And now that their stories are sorted out Sersi reveals herself as having disguised herself as her own figurine, having just defeated a Deviant interloper whom she disguised as a cat statue. Hearing the police coming, Thor flies them all away to a nearby rooftop where the Deviant, under pressure, reveals the existence of an unguarded entrance to the Deviant city in Central Park. The trio of heroes intend to journey there in hopes of persuading the Deviants to join with the Eternals and the Humans....


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Chic Stone
Chic Stone
George Roussos
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: John Buscema. Letterer: Joe Rosen.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Deviants, Karkas, Kro, Margo Damian, Ransak (Reject), Sersi, Thena.

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