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Thor #383: Review

Sep 1987
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

This Secret Love--!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #383 Review by (July 9, 2014)
Review: Highly entertaining “untold tale” gives us more insight into the character of Amora the Enchantress (and also Lorelei) along with a sockdollager of an action sequence as Thro takes on an army of supervillains and wins! The final pages are very nicely drawn by Frenz and Breeding, who are not among Marvel’s superstars but deserve more attention than they get.

Comments: Story expands on events from SECRET WARS #3 and 4. Technically only Lorelei and Amora appear in this issue since the rest is a flashback, but that doesn’t seem fair. Thor has the line, “When icicles ornament Surtur’s fiery realm!” the Norse equivalent of “When Hell freezes over!”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #383 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Mighty warrior Daillus the Daring battles and defeats a guardian ogre at the gates of a castle; he scales the walls fighting off harpies on the way; he reaches the top and spies his objective: Lorelei. The knight pledges his everlasting love and service to the magical minx and she responds—by turning him to stone. Lorelei’s sister Amora the Enchantress appears to warn her of the dangers of spurning a man’s love, mentioning that she once let Thor himself get away. Amora relates the tale for a curious Lorelei (not to mention the readers)….

It was during their adventure on Battleworld (as seen in the SECRET WARS limited series): the Enchantress had been captured and placed in a cell regenerator to heal her wounds. Thor, desiring another immortal to talk to, released her from the capsule and Amora whisked them away to a peaceful lakeside glade. Thor tried to persuade her to join the heroes but she was miffed that it was not for love of her; to get her revenge she enchanted her mouth so that one kiss would bring the Thunder God into her power. After he destroyed an interrupting lake monster she tried to seduce him with visions of eternal happiness but Thor was able to resist her charms. He flew them to a mountain top where Amora debated trying to ensnare Thor without any of her tricks and he almost kissed her—but they were interrupted by the assembled villains. Thor took them on alone, besting the baddies—until Doctor Doom had Ultron fire a disintegrator beam at the hero. Believing Thor dead, Amora went off to mourn what could have been….

In the present, the Enchantress tells her sister that she should not destroy lovers so casually and takes her leave. Lorelei ponders all this for a moment—then dismisses it with a raucous laugh….

Preview Pages
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Ron Frenz
Brett Breeding
Evelyn Stein
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Brett Breeding (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus

(Otto Octavius)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Peter Parker)


Plus: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Titania, Wrecking Crew.

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