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Thor #289: Review

Nov 1979
Roy Thomas, Keith Pollard

Story Name:

Look Homeward, Asgardian!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #289 Review by (July 31, 2019)

Review: An overly crowded issue moves the story forward a bit and climaxes with a too-short Destroyer battle (these are always cool. Always); some drama with Sif is eminently understandable. Some interesting scuttlebutt on Frigga's miserable position as Odin's wife (many scholars assume a connection between Frigga and Freyja, the name used later, and besides, Frigga sounds funny). Things go really weirdly next issue. The big question? Why does Ares act like a Grecian Loki?

Comments: Part seven of the Eternals Saga which spans issues #283-301. Title is a play on the novel Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe. First appearance of Sprite in Thor's book. Oddly, Argus in Greek myth is a giant with a hundred eyes; here the name is given to a giant with only one eye.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #289 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Having seen the image of his father Odin swearing allegiance to the Celestial Arishem during the time of the Third Host, one thousand years earlier, in the palm of the Celestial's hand, Thor refuses to believe it. He demands an explanation from the Celestial and when the alien giant is silent he hurls himself at the being...

...and finds himself back in Olympia, home of the Eternals. Hero is also returned to Olympia and morphs back into his identity as the Forgotten One. Zuras denounces the latter as a traitor to Olympia and Thor steps forward to defend him; the mischievous Sprite confesses to freeing the Forgotten One, meaning only to help. Though many present demand that Zuras punish Thor and the Forgotten One, Zuras places the latter in Sprite in each other's care. Meanwhile, multitudes of Eternals are arriving, summoned by Zuras to form the Uni-Mind by which they may defeat the Celestials. Thor considers this plan to be hopeless and asks that he be given time to find a different course of action. The God of Thunder takes off for Asgard....

Meanwhile, Odin, riding his steed Sleipnir, is on his way to Olympus to meet with the Graeco-Roman gods. He fights past the guards led by the cyclops Argus and meets Zeus with Ares, Athena, and Hercules. Despite the history of animosity between the two pantheons, Odin proposes an alliance to save Midgard from destruction....

In Asgard, Karnilla mourns the fate of her lover Balder, trapped between life and death. Frigga argues with her about whether Odin was right to sacrifice him to save Asgard. They are interrupted by the Horn of Heimdall signaling the arrival of an enemy at the gates. It is Thor who has been banished (issue #278) and the warriors assemble to ensure that he does not enter. Lady Sif also arrives carrying the inert body of the Destroyer. Thor is shocked that she joins with his foes. He begins fighting his way through the guards and shatters the Rainbow Bridge; Sif is forced to an extreme measure: she activates Destroyer with her mind and battles her lover the God of Thunder. When Thor realizes that Sif is animating the giant defender, he ceases fighting and Destroyer clouts him and hurls him from the broken bridge toward Midgard far, far below....

Eternals in the issue but omitted from the synopsis for space include Ikaris, Thena, Sersi, Karkas, Ransak, and Makkari.

Preview Pages
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Keith Pollard
Chic Stone
Bob Sharen
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Chic Stone (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Rosen.


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(Norn Queen)


Plus: Athena, Gilgamesh (Forgotten One), Karkas, Ransak (Reject), Sprite, Thena, Zuras.

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