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Thor #287: Review

Sep 1979
Roy Thomas, Chic Stone

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Assault on Olympia!

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4 stars

Thor #287 Review by (July 15, 2019)

Review: Another Kirbyesque issue full of flashy Eternals and the beautifully shiny Forgotten One providing more excitement. Kirby was at his best pouring out new characters and concepts by the bushel and Roy Thomas here is at his best reworking and often improving other people's characters (check out his work with THE INVADERS and the Liberty Legion for further evidence of this). The latter guy looks like he's actually a match for the God of Thunder (a first for this saga) and I like the way he looks. We're not really getting closer to solving the problem of the Fifty-Year Judgment but there are high hopes for the next issue.

Comments: Part five of the Eternals Saga which spans issues #283-301. Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio are credited as offering “suggestions and concepts” to the script. The Forgotten One was introduced in ETERNALS #13 (which he here summarizes) and is now called Hero will later rename himself Gilgamesh and join the Avengers for a few years (and then go back to being forgotten). First appearance of Makkari in Thor's book.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #287 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After taking Margo Damian home, Thor rejoins the band of heroes he's met on their journey to Olympia aboard the flagship of Zuras, ruler of that realm. Mutates Karkas and Reject engage in some friendly (for the former) bickering while Ikaris asks Thor about the death of his father Virako which the Thunder God was witness to (in THOR ANNUAL #7). Thor assures him his father's death was a heroic self-sacrifice. Meanwhile, the fun-loving Sersi takes some pleasure in annoying the solemn Thena and Ikaris by turning the ship's controls into flowers....

As they approach the city, a golden disc comes through the sky and disables an engine; the occupants levitate to safety while the ship crashes in the mountains. They enter the city to learn that the Olympic games are in progress and it was a stray discus which hit their craft. Thor is presented to Father Zuras who, in turn, introduces him to the gathered crowds. Thor goes off alone to brood on his exile and to wonder if Sif misses him....

Following her mission for Odin, Sif is on a desolate world of ruined buildings when she is attacked by a Storm Giant and she defends herself....

The Warriors Three find themselves on a different desolate planet and, searching a cavern on their mission, they are captured by the dragon Fafnir, who really hates Odin....

Back at Olympia, the games are interrupted by the arrival in their midst of the Forgotten One, now called Hero; he relates his history to them: the big guy, having lived for centuries on Earth as various heroes, was exiled by Zuras; a rogue Eternal freed him, gave him a metallic look, and dispatched him to carry a bomb to the Celestials' mothership. The bomb exploded, harming only Hero and he was healed by the Celestial known as The One Above All and sent as his emissary to the Eternals with the warning not to interfere with the Fifty-Year Judgment. The assembled Eternal warriors attack him and are all bowled aside within seconds by the interloping Hero. Hero then topples the arena itself—but Thor arrives to challenge the bad guy while Ikaris supports the broken pillars of the arena. The battle of the superbeings continues until suddenly Thor and Hero find themselves aboard the Celestial mothership....

Preview Pages
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Chic Stone
Chic Stone
Marie Severin
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Keith Pollard. Letterer: Joe Rosen.


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Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Fafnir, Gilgamesh (Forgotten One), Karkas, Ransak (Reject), Thena.

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