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Thor #387: Review

Jan 1988
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

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Judgment Day

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4.5 stars

Thor #387 Review by (October 26, 2020)

Review: I’m a sucker for space opera/sci-fi especially if it has apocalyptic overtones (Read Marvel’s ANNIHILATION event, it’s worth it). And it doesn’t get any more apocalyptic than the Celestials. They are trotted out periodically with the restraint once reserved for Galactus and their appearance always makes me sit up and take notice. This three-issue mini-epic is nicely done and goes to great lengths to show just how incredible they are, with Thor dwarfed by Arishem who is in turn dwarfed by Exitar. And it gets bigger from here. Stay tuned.

Comments: Part one of three parts. Thor previously faced the Celestials in the classic issues #283-300.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #387 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor has materialized in the void of space and is dying without oxygen. He spies a planet in the distance and has Mjolnir pull him toward it while he loses consciousness….

Pangoria, the planet in question, is doomed and ruler Pegas the Pirate King is planning an escape via spacecraft for himself, close followers, and anyone with enough money, while the masses riot helplessly. Then they detect Thor coming in from space and, assuming it is their destruction coming, they fire a missile but Thor is moving so fast he passes completely through the missile before it detonates. Pegas leads an expedition out to the massive crater and they find Thor, though they are surprised they can lift him but not his hammer….

In Asgard, Heimdall seeks an audience with Balder but is turned away by guards; in the throne room, a dimensional rift opens and Balder is beset by three serpentine assassins. Heimdall hears the struggle and crashes in, followed by the guards and the killers are defeated. But who are they?

Thor revives in a revitalization capsule and a woman named Myla fills him (and the reader) in on the situation while hinting at sex. Pangoria was settled by pirates and is now doomed so the citizens are rioting. Pegas takes the story even further: the imminent doom is Arishem of the Celestials, standing atop twin mountains and holding his thumb down. To repay their care, Thor dons his battle armor and goes out to fight Arishem. Thor tries to pick a fight but the two-thousand-foot-tall Celestial doesn’t even note that he is there. The Thunder God tries drawing all of the planet’s magnetic energy from its core and hurling it at his foe in an apocalyptic blast—and nothing happens. And then Exitar the Exterminator arrives, dwarfing even Arishem….

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