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Thor #344: Review

Jun 1984
Walt Simonson, Walt Simonson

Story Name:

Whatever Happened To Balder the Brave?

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Thor #344 Review by (September 24, 2013)
Review: A little too talky to be perfect, this issue is mere prologue to the following story arc. It serves mainly to get Balder, left over from the previous writer’s run, off on an adventure of his own.

Comments: First full appearance of Malekith, the Dark Elf. Odin’s wife Frigga is later called Freyja. The Deadly Desert is not the same one bordering the Land of Oz—but wouldn’t it be cool if it was?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #344 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Odin summons Balder from the palace of the Norn Queen and gives him an important mission: to deliver an urgent message to Loki to join Asgard against a coming enemy….

Subplots, grouped in one place: Lorelei’s plan to seduce Thor fails when the hero falls asleep. Surtur tempers the sword Twilight. As Sigurd Jarlson, Thor goes to work at the construction site and his boss Jerry Sapristi sees there is more to the new guy than meets the eye—and concludes he is secretly Spider-Man.

Balder on his horse Silverhoof dodges the Living Landslide, penetrates the Forbidden Forest, and crosses the Deadly Desert to reach Loki’s castle. There he discovers the Trickster is already allied with the enemy Malekith the Dark Elf and the villain orders his demons to slay the hero. Balder, despite having sworn himself to pacifism, is forced to take up a sword and slaughter the host of demons. He then swipes at Malekith but the Dark Elf vanishes into the shadows. Loki gloats over the hero’s foolishness and an enraged Balder lops off Loki’s head. Then, consumed by guilt, he rides off into the remotest desert to find death….

Epilogue: Loki reattaches his head and laughs at his little joke….

Preview Pages
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Walt Simonson
Walt Simonson
Christie Scheele
Walt Simonson (Cover Penciler)
Walt Simonson (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)


(Norn Queen)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Peter Parker)


Plus: Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon).

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