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Thor #449: Review

Jul 1992
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

Story Name:

Riot On Riker's Island!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Thor #449 Review by (May 4, 2022)

Review: Story jumps around quite a bit, dwelling on several characters and situations for a page or two before moving on to the next. This may not be a sound decision dramatically but it gives the story a hurried pace that suits it greatly, which I hope I’ve been able to reproduce in the synopsis. The Tales of Asgard story gets sci-fi heavy as anything with remote planets and the High Evolutionary tend to; it’s also rather dark and grim, with Sif shocked at Nobilus’ brutality and Balder rebuking her for suggesting they abandon a fight that isn’t theirs.

Comments: First story: Part one of two parts. Ron Frenz and Tom DeFalco collaborated on the plot; colors by Sarra Mossoff and Dana Moreshead. Odin has been in the Odin-Sleep since issue #432. Marcus Stone defeated Ulik in issue #414. Second story: Part three of four parts.






 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #449 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

After the battle (last issue), Lt. Marcus Stone tells Thor that they are supposed to protect lives and property and they failed. The owner of the site, Aloysius P. Jamesly, explains to the crew that the construction site is too badly damaged to continue so they are laid off while Jamesly and his partners assess the damage and deal with the insurance company. Eric then discovers that the crew is the one headed by his friend Jerry Sapristi and this will be a hardship for them all….

At Riker’s Island prison, Uroc the Invincible teleports into the building; Code: Blue gets the call and races to the scene….

In the Golden Palace in Asgard, Heimdall is concerned about the attacks on the realm as well as the disappearance of Hogun and Volstagg. His ally (or so he thinks) Karnilla the Norn Queen suggests waking Odin from his Odin-Sleep but Heimdall balks….

Eric Masterson decides he has been spending too much time as Thor and not paying attention to his personal life so he visits Susan Austin in the hospital; walking in he finds Jackie Lukus already there….

Uroc frees Ulik from his confinement and the two take on Code: Blue. The team’s computer expert Mother Majowski realizes the two monsters are too much for them to handle and so sends a distress call to the Avengers….

While visiting Susan, Eric gets the call from the Avengers and decides to ignore it to spend more time with Sue who was asking about her roommate Leena Moran…

…who is really the Enchantress in disguise. Knowing Asgard is in danger from Karnilla, she conjures up the Executioner’s battle axe to join in the war. But Skoll the Wolf God appears and, changing into his wolf form, he attacks Amora. A mysterious visitor [spoiler: it’s Jackie Lukus] arrives at the apartment just in time for an explosion caused by the battle within to wreck the place. [Jackie] looks in and is drawn to pick up the ax and [she] transforms….

At Riker’s Island, the cops are fighting the monsters and having a bad time of it, especially Stone who was recognized by the vengeful Ulik….

Eric leaves the hospital and decides to see what the Avengers summons was about….

In Asgard, Karnilla casts a spell to awaken Odin….

At Riker’s, Majowski sees Stone in trouble and tries to run Ulik over with the van but the massive troll just knocks the van on its side and seizes Stone by the neck. Thor arrives and knocks Ulik away with a hurled Mjolnir. Then Ulik and Uroc vanish in a bright light. Thor feels guilty over the injured Majowski and suddenly the sky opens with lightning that only Thor can see. It is Odin, awakened, who calls Eric an impostor and demands to know where the real Odinson is. Eric tries to explain but Odin, confused, concludes that Heimdall has betrayed him, and he vanishes, leaving everyone around to wonder who Thor was talking to. He explains and tells them he is going to Asgard to see what’s going on. Stone insists on going along, and Code: Blue with him….

In Asgard, Karnilla tells Heimdall she was unable to awaken Odin….

“Obsessed”
Writer: Tom DeFalco. Pencils: Patrick Olliffe. Inks: Ariane Lenshoek. Colors: Rob Tokar. Letters: Steve Dutro.
Synopsis: Balder and Sif accompany Nobilus of the New Immortals in a shuttlecraft down to the surface of Ego the Living Planet. Ego has been marked for destruction by the Celestials and Nobilus hopes to rescue the High Evolutionary before that happens. A tentacle from the planet knocks the shuttle out of the air and they use the Norn Stones to teleport safely to the ground. They end up fighting the planet itself, angered that they are allied with the Slayers of Worlds. They locate the High E with the Analyzer, standing at the foot of a Celestial. He has discovered that Ego is but the manifestation of aa much larger creature and that is who they are waiting for….



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Ron Frenz
Al Milgrom
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Ron Frenz (Cover Penciler)
Patrick Olliffe (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Mike Heisler.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Balder
Balder

(Balder the Brave)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Aloysius P. Jamesly, Code: Blue (Code Blue), Jackie Lukus, Karnilla (Norn Queen), Marcus Stone, New Immortals, Nobilus, Susan Austin, Thor (Eric Masterson), Uroc.

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