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Thor #374: Review

Dec 1986
Walt Simonson, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

Fires of the Night

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #374 Review by (April 22, 2014)
Review: Better than the cover promises (and “Big Fat Guy punches Thor” doesn’t promise much), the story shows us a bit of characterization with the first formal meeting between the three X-Men and Thor. Nothing big and special, just heroes lending each other support. And Artie is cute. The most impressive moment is the climax of the tale, with the funeral pyre accompanied by text from Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death.” And the next few issues should be quite thrilling with Thor under Hela’s curse.

Comments: Part of the “Mutant Massacre” storyline running in UNCANNY X-MEN #210-213 and X-FACTOR #9-11.

Thor #374 Review by (April 22, 2014)
Oops! By a printer's error, Peter's comments and review are attributed to T. Vernon. Them's the breaks.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #374 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the sewers under New York, Thor confronts the mutant assassins called the Marauders--Blockbuster, Vertigo, and Harpoon. They assault him with their powers but the God of Thunder again drives them off with a lightning blast. Tending to Angel’s wounds, he bears the injured X-Man toward an exit….

In the desert, Balder summons a dragon which turns out to be Wyrd of the Fates. She gives him a vial of water from the Well of Life. Balder pours some on the feather brought to him by Muninn (last issue) and Odin’s dead raven Huginn is fully restored. They return to Asgard….

In the sewers Blockbuster is humiliated by Sabertooth for being helpless against Thor; the villainous strongman heads off to find the hero for a rematch. Meanwhile, Thor comes upon the frightened mutant child Artie Maddicks. Almost immediately, Blockbuster attacks. Thor is surprised when the brute breaks his arm but Angel recovers enough to distract the baddie while Thor clouts him with his hammer. By means of a mental image, Artie tells Thor that Jean Grey and Cyclops are in the tunnels as well; Thor searches for them….

In Asgard, the orphaned Mick and Kevin are given a friendly welcome by Volstagg’s kids….

Thor comes upon Jean and Scott and they help him set his broken arm then they depart with Angel and Artie. As Thor makes his way past the massacred Morlocks, Hela appears to him and reveals that her magic spell (end of issue #372) has made Thor’s bones so brittle that breaks will never heal—and he will never find relief in death. She departs, laughing. Thor rains down fire to give the Morlocks a Viking’s funeral and wonders if he will soon envy the dead.…

Preview Pages
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Sal Buscema
Sal Buscema
Christie Scheele
Walt Simonson (Cover Penciler)
Walt Simonson (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Warren Worthington)

(Balder the Brave)

(Scott Summers)

(Goddess of Death)


Plus: Artie Maddicks, Fates, Marauders, Vertigo, X-Factor.

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