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Thor #286: Review

Aug 1979
Roy Thomas, Chic Stone

Story Name:

Mayhem under Manhattan!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Thor #286 Review by (July 1, 2019)

Review: And so the mission to the Deviant city is a failure, which we expected. The lesson learned: “Evil hath e'er mistaken forbearance for weakness...peaceful intent for cowardice.” Either that or, being bad guys, they can only do bad things as the Deviants aren't one of Jack Kirby's more well-rounded creations. Meanwhile, Sersi's subterfuge was quite clever and it appears to convince Thena to call off the catfight; it's only been two issues and it's already tiresome—good that Roy Thomas realized that. And Metabo is able to plow his way through the heroes until he hits the guy whose name is on the masthead of the comic and is whupped in a satisfying (for both Thor and the reader) manner. Next issue: more characters introduced!

Comments: Part four of the Eternals Saga which spans issues #283-301. First (and only) appearance of Brother Tode in Thor's book. First appearances of Metabo and Dracona anywhere; she reappears only in AVENGERS # 370-371.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #286 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor, Sersi, and Karkas are traveling through the New York City subway tunnels in search of the city of the Deviants. But it's a trap and Deviant warriors ambush the trio; Thor and Karkas fight them, Sersi, no fighter, panics and flees. Karkas is trapped and electrocuted (non-fatally) and the Thunder God surrenders, handing his hammer over to Warlord Kro who raises it and crows about his victory....

All of this is seen from Asgard, Odin staring into the fires of Mimir, Sif and the Warriors Three wish to go immediately to Thor's aid but Odin denies them. Assigning them other missions he sends them forth....

Kro presents the captives, bound with Belts of Bemusement, before the Deviant leader Brother Tode. Kro, who once was in a relationship with Thena, suggests she can go free if they rekindle the romance; she is swift to tell him they are never, ever getting back together. Tode orders the prisoners put in the atom-displacer; Ikaris appeals to Tode to team up with the Humans against the Celestials and Tode refuses since they have the hammer of Thor to use against their enemies. At this point, the captive “Thor” reveals himself to be Sersi in disguise and the hammer only a walking stick. Dr. Donald Blake jumps out from concealment and tries to grab his stick from Kro; falling, the stick hits the ground and Don is transformed into the God of Thunder. Thor leads the heroes in battle against the baddies; Kro releases a four-armed giant Mutate called Metabo who takes down Thena, Sersi, Karkas, and Reject in seconds as it can absorb the power of Eternals and hurl it back. Ikaris takes him on and is just as easily defeated; it is Thor, who is not an Eternal, who can overcome the monstrous Metabo with his strength. Kro sets the place to self-destruct while Tode and his consort Dracona abandon the Warlord to escape via rocket sled. Thor leads the heroes up through the shattering sidewalks and they levitate into Thena's ship where they decide to go to Olympia, main homeland of the Eternals, where they shall seek aid....

[The incredible vanishing hostage: I'm sure Margo Damian was in this issue but I'm not sure where.]


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Chic Stone
Chic Stone
Glynis Wein
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Keith Pollard. Letterer: Joe Rosen.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Deviants, Donald Blake, Eternals, Ransak (Reject), Sersi, Sif, Thena.