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Thor #470: Review

Jan 1994
Ron Marz, M. C. Wyman

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Ruins [Blood and Thunder Part Nine]

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4 stars

Thor #470 Review by (June 10, 2023)
This is part 9 of the Blood & Thunder crossover.

This is Thanos' 1st app in this crossover, and his 1st since Infinity Crusade.

Part 10 of the crossover in Silver Surfer #88 will mainly concern Pip, Surfer, Thanos, Thor and Dark Valkyrie. Most of the rest of the chars in this issue will join them at the end. But Beta Ray Bill and Sif will miss that issue and go straight to part 11 in Warlock Chronicles #8.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #470 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Story continued from WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH #24.

Thor has been suffering from a paranoid madness since #460 which manifested in an imaginary Dark Valkyrie who stoked his conspiracy theory. Last issue he fought the Infinity Watch (without Adam Warlock), and Moondragon's Mind Gem attack caused his companion to become real, and he also stole the Power Gem from Drax The Destroyer. He swore to destroy Asgard and then the universe. Since then the pair have been travelling to Asgard on Mjolnir power. Now they land in a ruined outpost of the realm for a rest before continuing to the city. Val continues to remind Thor of how his father Odin has done him wrong.

While they were travelling Pip The Troll used his Space Gem to teleport the Infinity Watch to Dr Strange's house where they met up with their leader Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer (in SS#87) and DrS magicked the whole lot to the wilds of Asgard on their way to inform Odin of his son's madness. But Sif and Beta Ray Bill didn't want that to happen because Warrior Madness carries the penalty of permanent banishment from Asgard. So as a delaying tactic they arranged for the group to fall foul of Rock Trolls (in Warlock Chronicles #7 and Warlock & Infinity Watch #24). Now that bunch also draw near to Asgard city, everybody flying apart from Gamora and Pip perched on Surfer's board.

They too don't want Thor to be banished from Asgard so when they detect the Thunder God in the ruins they descend to capture him and try to cure his madness. But Thor responds instantly by upsetting the surfboard. Drax and Adam catch falling Pip and Gamora while Surfer regains his board. Then he, Maxam and Drax (with Pip still attached) launch their own attack. While Moondragon fights Val and Gamora backs up the males, Stephen Strange and Adam Warlock step aside to prepare their own joint magic/karmic assault which hurts their foe. But then the Power Gem enables Thor to KO them with their own energies. He's already taken Maxam out and now he downs Drax. Norrin Radd shields himself and Gamora with the Power Cosmic as Thor fires a Mjolnir blast at them.

Sif and Beta Ray Bill are also somewhere in the Asgardian realm. Bill has recovered from his injuries (from WC#7 and earlier). Sif hopes that the Trolls still have Warlock's team occupied so she uses the Norn Stones to take them to her beloved Thor where she too hopes to find a way to cure him.

The Thunder God's hammer now puts Silver Surfer down for the count. Pip is also unconscious but the 2 Infinity Watch females fight on. Moondragon is determined to undo her mistake in making Valkyrie real while Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe, strikes telling blows on Thor whilst avoiding all his. But Val judo-flips Moonie into Gamora knocking them both out. Then Thor makes the wall of a ruined building collapse on the unconscious Drax and Maxam.

Thor gloats that nothing now stands between him and Asgard city. Pip has awoken and tries to help Surfer up. But then Sif and BRB teleport in and assure the Thunder God that they're here to help him. However Thor's paranoia has them pegged as liars, and another battle seems imminent. But just then Silver Surfer with Pip on his back swoops in on his board to connect with Thor and Val, and Pip uses the connection and his Space Gem to transport them all to ...

... Thanos' spaceship base.

Story continued in SILVER SURFER (Vol. 3) #88.

Preview Pages
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M. C. Wyman
Mike DeCarlo
Ovi Hondru
M. C. Wyman (Cover Penciler)
Mike DeCarlo (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Phil Felix.
Editor: Mike Rockwitz. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Drax the Destroyer)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)


Plus: Infinity Watch, Maxam.

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