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Thor #427: Review

Dec 1990
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

The Homecoming! or How Do You Spend the Night After You've Saved the Universe?

Review & Comments

4 stars

Thor #427 Review by (November 9, 2021)

Review: Sheer heroic confusion is the hallmark of this issue as multiple heroes and villains cross paths but none can see everything that’s going on. Not sure why Marvel wanted to stuff an issue with as many characters as they could fit but they spill over into the next issue and things get even worse. And we know that Eric should be dating Susan not Jackie but I find that when I start to care about Eric Masterson’s love life I need to go lie down for a bit so I think I’ll go do that now. See you next time!

Comments: Part one of six parts. First part has heading “Tales of Midgard.” Only appearance of Jim Lukus. Second part has separate title “Enter: Excalibur.” D’Agostino’s is a real life NYC supermarket chain. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot. Nel Yomtov and Mike Rockwitz collaborated on the colors. The letters page includes one by future comics writer/martial artist Jan C. Childress.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #427 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After a long absence, Thor returns to Manhattan and immediately changes back into Eric Masterson. Wanting to see his son, he calls his ex-wife but finds that the family has gone to Disney World. He tries working at his drafting board but can’t settle down after his recent adventures. Wanting female companionship, he stops by the apartment of Jackie Lukus but a shirtless man answers the door so he excuses himself and takes off. But the guy is Jackie’s brother Jim and after he tells her who was at the door, she chases down Eric and they have a nice evening. A newspaper headline reveals that the Wrecker is still on the rampage, hinting at dark days ahead….

Thor stops by Avengers Mansion where Captain America is training with stun drones; Thor destroys them all with a bolt of lightning, missing the point of the exercise. Cap tells Thor the British government wants to talk to him….

In Britain, Excalibur (Captain Britain, Nightcrawler, Meggan, Lockheed, Shadowcat, Phoenix) is being briefed on the same mission: Juggernaut magically vanished from a stasis cage and turned up in New York where he fought Thor (issues #411-412) and the mutant team is being sent to the USA to contact the Avengers, especially Thor, about their fugitive villain….

At home, Thor turns back to Eric just as Susan Austin arrives and she is delighted to see him safe and sound. Then Jackie shows up and the two women snipe at each other….

The Wrecking Crew materializes in the middle of a supermarket and stocks up on provisions. Elsewhere, the Mystery Villain is revealed to be Loki and he wants the Wrecker; he gives Enchantress and Ulik a psychic beacon to attract the villain and orders to capture him alive….

Elsewhere, Code: Blue is training in their usual dangerous way; Marcus Stone arrives and orders them to use live ammunition….

At the docks, Amora and Ulik activate the psychic beacon, which is detected by Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Quasar. It also alarms the Wrecker who teleports himself and the gang to the docks. Arriving at the airport, Phoenix also hears the beacon and she and Excalibur flay to the location as well…..

Eric arrives at Kevin’s school to see him but he also hears the beacon—and chooses to ignore it for the sake of his son….

At the docks, Amora has turned herself and Ulik invisible to trap the Wrecker but Excalibur also shows up and they start a fight with the Wrecking Crew. Thor arrives and Wrecker uses his Asgardian magic to create the illusion that Thor is Juggernaut. Thor is attacked by both the heroes and the villains and can’t understand why; Shadowcat pulls Thor down into the sidewalk so that his body will fuse permanently with the ground and he will never walk again…

Preview Pages
Click sample interior pages to enlarge them:

Ron Frenz
Joe Sinnott
Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Mike Heisler.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Kurt Wagner)

(Wendell Vaughn)

(Peter Parker)


Plus: Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Code: Blue (Code Blue), Excalibur (Faiza Hussain), Jackie Lukus, Kevin Masterson, Lockheed, Marcus Stone, Meggan, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Shadrak, Susan Austin, Wrecking Crew.

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