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Thor #410: Review

Nov 1989
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

"Two Dooms to Destroy Me!"

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

Thor #410 Review by (June 1, 2021)

Review: First story: Seems odd: the heroes really don’t need to confront one Doom, much less the two implied by the title. She-Hulk wasn’t necessary other than to brighten up the tale a bit as Hercules could have defeated all of the guard bots had the writer so chosen. There was no point to the time-bot being able to send people back to prehistoric times. The Doom versus Doom battle is fairly exciting yet the real Doom could have easily torn Kristoff’s head off and exposed him as the impostor (unless Doom was immature enough to fall for his foe’s “you can’t admit defeat” teasing); seems unlikely though this is a comic book. Second story: Amusing vignette from the life of the series’ comic relief has a strange revelation: there are muggers in Asgard (who evidently don’t know Volstagg).

Comments: First story: Part two of two parts. Kristoff replaced Dr. Doom as monarch of Latveria in FANTATIC FOUR ANNUAL #20. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Tom Vincent contributed to the colors.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #410 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hercules has talked the Avengers into letting him and Eric Masterson have a Quinjet, with She-Hulk to go along as a companion. Herc declines to explain to her what is going on or to tell her who Eric is. As Herc flies recklessly through the skies, Eric recaps the previous issue for us….

In Latveria, Doctor Doom is aware that a craft has entered his airspace and who it is—but this Doom isn’t the familiar one, it’s Doom’s protégé Kristoff Vernard, who thinks he is the real Doom and has usurped the throne, driving the real dictator to New York. Now the real Doom is back, landing in a nearby clearing and setting up a Time Displacer, powered by Thor’s stolen hammer, to reclaim his throne. The machine freezes time in the small country, the inhabitants completely immobilized. He heads to the palace….

Herc, Eric, and She-Hulk land nearby and are beset by guard bots. Herc is filled with an unexpected fear as in New York but he and Jen engage the guards. Eric spies Mjolnir in the Time Displacer and tries to reach it but he is blasted….

Doom enters the castle and finds Kristoff has anticipated his attack and has protected himself against the Time Displacer. The two battle and the real Doom comes out on top—but Kristoff reminds him that the real Doom would never admit failure though that is exactly what the experiment with Kristoff equals….

Outside, Eric uses a tree branch to vault over the time-bot and seize Mjolnir, turning into Thor and destroying the robot and the Time Displacer…

…which means the castle guards are all awake and active again so Doom chooses to leave his enemy to brood on his defeat and escapes out of the window. Kristoff plans to execute the guards who saw him humbled while wondering why the “impostor” spared him….

Seeing Doom flee, Thor decides the war is over and they should return to New York. She-Hulk deduces she has seen Thor in his secret identity but she never got a good look at his face….

Brooding at the Embassy, Doctor Doom is approached by a mystery figure (spoiler: it’s Loki) interesting him in an act of vengeance….

“Volstagg the Lion of Asgard”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Herb Trimpe. Inks: Herb Trimpe. Colors: Nel Yomtov. Letters: Richard Starkings.
Synopsis: In Asgard, Volstagg has too much to drink and says farewell to his friends (Thor, Fandral, Hogun) to wend his way home. On the way, he is accosted by a gang of brigands who demand his money and his boots. With a combination of strength, cleverness, and drunken dumb luck he defeats the bandits and goes home to his wife who doesn’t believe his tale of adventure. The narration to the story is in rhyme.



Preview Pages
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Ron Frenz
Joe Sinnott
George Roussos
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Hogun
Hogun

(Hogun the Grim)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
She-Hulk
She-Hulk

(Jennifer Walters)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Eric Masterson, Kristoff Vernard.

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