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In 'Thor'(2004) #85, Rune King Thor teleports with the OdinForce to Yggdrasil.
In ‘Thor’ (2004) #85, Rune King Thor teleports with the OdinForce to Yggdrasil. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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00s THOR STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO BAD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “Thor Disassembled: Ragnarok.” (2004).

Collects ‘Thor’ #80-85.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Thor Disassembled: Ragnarok” is Michael Avon Oerming and Daniel Berman’s run on ‘Thor’ in 2004 on the eve of “Avengers: Disassembled”. As the Avengers team is torn apart by the threat of an out-of-control Scarlet Witch, Thor and Asgard are destroyed by Ragnarok, where Loki has raised an army and destroyed Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, in order to destroy and to rule Asgard.

You will notice that the lettering is very traditional and the storyline plays like a classic Norse/mythological story in the first three issues. The last three issues bring together the best elements of Thor lore and leverage Thor’s superheroism on Earth in order to solve the crisis. Perhaps one of the most significant events in the “Avengers: Disassembled” crossover event as it shakes up the Thor and Asgard status-quo that results in a significant power-up for the God of Thunder.

There are lots of dialogue, descriptions and splash action pages. There is a sense of seriousness and of the belief that the warriors are seeking glory. The first three issues are mostly exposition and descriptions of Loki’s conquests, the destruction he caused and the casualties on Thor’s army and allies. The bulk of the action occurs in the last three issues. Thor manages to solve the crisis at great personal cost and ascends to a higher level of magical power. In some sense, Thor repeats All-Father Odin’s actions and also manages to fulfill his destiny. What works best is that here, Thor, represents the best of both God and man and ends up saving Asgard.

This storyline is definitely very reverent of Norse religion though at the same time, it plays up Thor’s godhood and comments heavily on the somber path of destruction created by Loki across Asgard. This is definitely a must-read for Thor fans.

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BEST: ‘Thor: Son Of Asgard’. (2004).

Collects ‘Thor: Son of Asgard’ #1-12.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

C.B. Cebulski and Greg Tocchini’s 2004 on Thor, was a prequel series titled ‘Thor: Son of Asgard’. The series was a new origin story about Thor’s early years to Thor becoming worthy. The series originally set as a six-issue series before popular demand turned it into a 12-issue series. The series looks at the changes to Balder’s origin and how he received his enchanted sword in the six-issue “Warriors Teen” storyline, Lady Sif’s warrior training in the three-issue “Enchanted” storyline, and Thor finally lifting Mjolnir in the three-issue “Worthy” storyline.

‘Thor: Son Of Asgard’ succeeds as a work of comic book mythology. Asgard appears as a place of fantastic magic where locales change as suddenly as extreme climate conditions. The series set the foundation for the renewed interest in Thor and helped define why the character is not so much a god, as he is a hero. It is Thor’s heroism that shines and in some ways, he supplants Odin’s omniscience in order to finally become worthy.

One of the typical Marvel books where heroes are presented with hubris: Thor’s warrior and son pride gets him into trouble as he constantly tries to prove himself to Odin, Lady Sif proves to be jealous which causes an initial rift with Thor – something that is resolved at the end of the “Enchanted” storyline -, Odin’s reliance on his omniscience blinds him on matters of the heart. It would seem Balder does not suffer from these defects and appears to balance rationality, warrior spirit, strategy and love.

This is certainly a worthy addition to your Thor collection, with a blend of adventure, action, magic, suspense, romance and the threat of war.

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GOOD: Thor JOE Straczynksi and Olivier Coipel Years (2007 to 2009).

Collects ‘Thor’ #1-12.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Joe Straczynski’s 2007 run on ‘Thor’ attempted to re-define the character. A costume re-design, a completely new setting in Oklahoma with a move to restoring Asgard and its people dead after Ragnarok and a prelude to the Marvel Civil War. Straczynski presents to us a Thor that does not smile, that is powered by the faith of humans and who seeks to find his path on Earth. It is not Thor the God of Thunder that is emphasized, but Thor the superhero.

In a battle against Iron Man, Thor no longer holds back. His power unleashes the fury of the elements on Iron Man who, defeated, opts to grant Thor and Asgard diplomatic immunity in Oklahoma. The pacing of the stories is quite slow and much of the plot points are involved with politics, Balder’s new status, and Asgard’s awkward relationship with Earth. Though the pacing is slow, it does work when concerned with Loki’s dark and evil plan to oust Thor out of Asgard in issues #7-12.

Though the art is gorgeous and the writing tight, the storyline begs the question whether we needed the new Thor rebirth. Thor works best as space opera, as the cream of Marvel’s crop that does not shy against showing unrelenting power. Though this version of Thor exemplifies these aspects, it lacks in heart and humanity, as many of the characters are not explored, and the plot points do not move forward at a satisfying pace. It appears, here, that Thor has not fully grown into his role as King of Asgard and his inexperience is clouding his judgment.

Straczynski’s run did succeed in re-defining ‘Thor’ though the run did not succeed in producing any lasting effects in contribution to Thor’s storyline. There may be too much of a parallel with DC’s Superman.

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GOOD: ‘THOR: AGES OF THUNDER’ (2008).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thor: Ages of Thunder’ is part of a delving into Thor’s past during Straczynski’s run as the God of Thunder attempts to locate the missing Asgardians.

Thor’s history with the Frost Giants is well-documented in Norse mythology. In the trade paperback, thanks to Thor’s power and heroism, Asgard has just won Ragnarok against the Frost Giants. While the Asgardians celebrate in revelry, Thor retreats to his quarters with the golden apples, the source of the Asgardians’ immortality. Here, Thor is presented as distant, cold and a womanizer.

What makes this comic work is the back-story presented on Enchantress. The story explains some of the mishaps that befall Enchantress and Thor’s heroism. Odin is depicted as powerless and ineffectual, different from his classic omniscient and omnipotent showings. At the same time, there is a growing rift between Odin and Thor that bodes evil. Finally, the lack of powerful and strong female heroines show a lack of depth. Enchantress is given very little dialogue and is depicted as the perfect woman though a damsel in distress.

Though the art is gorgeous and the pacing good, the storyline lacks depth though it makes important additions to Thor’s mythos such as a backstory on Enchantress and her important role in the Asgardian pantheon. The comic plays mostly as filler and does not add any significant development to Straczynski’s run in 2007.

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BAD: ‘Thor: Blood Oath’. (2005).

Collects ‘Thor: Blood Oath’ #1-6.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

‘Thor: Blood Oath’ reads like a friendly adventure through the nine worlds. When the Warriors Three accidentally kill a Giant that had changed into a sea creature, Thor has a premonition and flies to Thingvellir to witness their judgment. Solidary with his brothers, Thor is sentenced by the Giants to retrieve some magical items over the Nine Worlds.

The series is full of jest, camaraderie, fun and action. Hercules makes a surprise appearance in issues #3 and #4 battling Thor in humiliation. The series continues from the Donald Blake story arcs and includes Thor as Donald Blake building his relationship with Jane Foster. In a sense, it is Thor’s connection to humanity that is shown.

Though ‘Thor: Blood Oath’ does not add anything new to Thor’s story or mythology, it is a nice addition to Thor comics.

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VISIT THOR READING ORDERS:

Comic Book Herald: Thor Reading Order

Comic Book Librarian: Thor Reading  List


SOURCES

Avengers: Disassembled – The Complete Guide to the Event That SHATTERED Marvel’s Heroes in CBR.com.
Thor: How Son of Asgard Rewrote the Asgardian’s Early Years in CBR.com.
The Reread Reviews — J. Michael Straczynski’s Thor in CBR.com.
Thor: Ages of Thunder in CBR.com.
Thor Reading Order in Comic Book Herald.
Thor Reading  List in Comic Book Librarian.

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In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1969) #4, Silver Surfer’s cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor. Photo/Marvel Comics.

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Marvel Day: Having Saved The Universe From Mad Thanos, Adam Warlock’s Soul Rests In The Soul Gem Dimension

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In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1977) #2, Adam Warlock, Pip the Troll and Gamora rest in peace in Soul World. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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MAD TITAN THANOS PLANS TO DETONATE ALL THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE TO WIN DEATH’S LOVE

In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, Adam Warlock saves the universe from mad titan Thanos using the Soul Gem. Adam Warlock arrives on a planetoid in space and finds out that Gamora is dying. He learns Gamora attempted to prevent Thanos’ plan and was struck down. Adam learns of Thanos’ plan and heads for Earth for help. Captain Marvel and Moondragon arrive at Avengers Mansion. Iron Man and Vision sense a foreboding.

Suddenly, Moondragon senses a star’s detonation light years away. She exclaims: “It has begun!” Suddenly, Adam Warlock arrives at Avengers Mansion. He tells the Avengers of Thanos plan: Resurrected, Thanos in order to win Death’s love, has gathered the six Infinity Gems and plans to detonate the stars. Moments later, Starcore, the orbital tracking station, announces news of an alien armada on track to Earth. The Avengers realize it is Thanos and depart on Moondragon’s Space Cruiser.

In 'Avengers Annual' (1977) #7, Thanos detonates a star using the Soul Gem.
In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, Thanos detonates a star using the Soul Gem. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE AVENGERS FIGHT THANOS AND HIS ALIEN ARMADA

The Avengers seem outmatched by Thanos’ alien armada. Thor and Iron Man head into space in order to stop the invasion. Meanwhile, the rest of the Avengers land on a replica of Sanctuary II in order to take the fight to Thanos.

However, Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel head to the original Sanctuary II on the other side of the sun. Thanos begins to detonate the sun.

 

In 'Avengers Annual' (1977) #7, the Avengers fight Thanos and his alien armada.
In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, the Avengers fight Thanos and his alien armada. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

STRUCK BY THANOS, ADAM WARLOCK’S FUTURE SELF STEALS HIS SOUL INTO THE SOUL GEM TO PREVENT THE BIRTH OF MAGUS

Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel arrive on Sanctuary II. Captain Marvel speeds through the window and is momentarily stunned. Mad at the deaths of Gamora (his former love) and Pip the Troll, Adam Warlock punches Thanos. Thanos responds with two attacks that leave Adam for dead. In the meantime, the other Avengers arrive. As Thor battles Thanos, Iron Man destroys Thanos’ synthetic Soul Gem. Thanos teleports away.

Moments within death, Adam Warlock’s future self appears before him. He means to steal his soul in order to prevent the birth of Adam’s future evil self, Magus. Tortured, and having lost love, Adam seeks peace. He accepts his future self’s offer. Adam’s future self uses the Soul Gem to send Adam Warlock’s soul into Soul World. There, he is reunited with Gamora and Pip.

In 'Avengers Annual' (1977) #7, Adam Warlock's future self steals his soul to prevent the birth of Magus.
In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, Adam Warlock’s future self steals his soul to prevent the birth of Magus. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

GUIDED INTO SPACE BY MOONDRAGON’S DREAMS, SPIDER-MAN AND THING FREE THE AVENGERS FROM THANOS

In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1977) #2, Adam Warlock saves the universe from Thanos and finds rest in the Soul Gem dimension. Moondragon sends telepathic calls to Spider-Man for aid under the form of dreams. The dreams show the battle between Thanos and the Avengers and the danger posed to the universe. In order to resolve his dreams, Spider-Man heads to ask Thing for help. Thing believes Spider-Man’s story and accepts to help. Spider-Man and Thing take the Fantastic Four’s shuttle craft and head for “the giant space ark” on the right side of the sun.1

They arrive and are tractor beamed aboard Sanctuary III. The two heroes battle but are quickly subdued and knocked unconscious. As they awake, they find the Avengers in a room and held in stasis. Another battle follows and Spider-Man attempts to flee. However, as foreseen by Master Order Spider-Man soon returns to the site of the battle and destroys the machine that was holding the Avengers captive. The Avengers are free! But Spider-Man still has to retrieve Adam Warlock’s Soul Gem.

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FREED FROM THE SOUL GEM BY SPIDER-MAN, ADAM WARLOCK’S SOUL TURNS THANOS INTO GRANITE THEN FINDS PEACE IN SOUL WORLD


SOURCES

Avengers Annual Vol 1 7 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Two-In-One Annual Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Avengers Annual #7.

Battle Ranker Competition Round 1: Match-Up #14

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Marvel Day: In “Enter The Phoenix”, The Thunder God Attempts To End Gladiatorial Combat But Becomes The Son Of A Monster With A Devastating Origin Story

MARVEL DAY

ORIGIN STORIES

THE PHOENIX SHOWS SUPERHEROES’ AND SUPERVILLAINS’ FIGHTS ARE GLADIATORIAL COMBAT

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeking a host causes gladiatorial combat among superheroes on Earth. The Avengers have located Phoenix rising out of the arctic ice on a volcanic island. Apparently, Phoenix was called to Earth by Namor who seeks to marry her. In fact, the Phoenix has summoned heroes and villains in order to fight each other to claim her as host. “Enter the Phoenix” shows superheroes’ fights are reminiscient of ancient gladiatorial combat.

We begin the first gladiator combat between Captain America and Doctor Doom. The battle is vicious and Doom ultimately gains the upper hand. Doom manages to kill Captain America twice with cosmic blasts, however, aided by the Phoenix, Captain America rises from the ashes to continue fighting. Noticing this as the Phoenix’s testament to Captain America’s valor, Doctor Doom forfeits the battle. Captain America is then transported by Phoenix to the White Hot Room where the other combatants wait their turn.

In 'Avengers' (2020) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

BLACK PANTHER HAS TO DECIDE TO END THE PHOENIX’S CONTEST

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, the Phoenix continues its gladiatorial combats by selecting combatants from the White Hot Room. We have the following matches: Black Panther vs Man-Thing. Luke Cage vs American Eagle. Shanna The She-Devil vs Moon Girl. Valkyrie (Jane Foster) vs Orb. Hyperion vs Shang-Chi. Red Widow vs Howard The Duck. Black Panther vs Nighthawk. Maya Lopez vs Namor.

In the White Hot Room, the Phoenix speaks to Black Panther in aparte. She tells him to end the contest. Phoenix tells him she knew the old Panther king who fought with glowing rocks but who could end gods. Black Panther promises to end the contest no matter the cost. Phoenix says she wants T’Challa and that she will burn Wakanda’s name across the stars if he agress. Otherwise, she will burn it to ashes. Black Panther refuses and asks Phoenix to become benevolent. Otherwise, he will show Phoenix how he deals with a blizzard.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN A NEW ORIGIN STORY WITH PHOENIX, THOR BECOMES THE SON OF A MONSTER

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #42, the Avengers attempt to end Phoenix’s gladiatorial combat. Outside the White Hot Room, on the volcanic island, the Avengers are attempting to contain the Phoenix. The Avengers battle the Phoenix in order to keep her contained in the volcanic island. As the Phoenix is freed, Thor reflects on the link he has shared with the Phoenix time and again. He feels some form of love. She tells him, he is her son. This is the new origin story of Thor and effectively makes him the son of a monster. In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles his way against Phoenix through his new origin story. The Phoenix finally escapes the volcanic island.

Thor does not believe the lie and tells her Gaia is her mother. He throws his hammer at the Phoenix Force which phases through her. Then, Phoenix Force explains that the lie was necessary for Thor to protect the Earth. She tells the Thunder God is a child of Fire and Thunder. The Avengers are worried about Thor but Iron Man tells Okoye to delay the Wakandan Helicarriers. The Phoenix Force tells Thor, Gaia kept her trapped inside Earth for thousands of years. However, when the final host came, she was free. And now, she remembers Thor. Thor battles Phoenix Force but she soon gains the upper hand. Elsewhere, Captain America is about to face Black Panther in gladiatorial combat.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #42, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers Vol 8 40 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 42 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 43 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: In A Comedic Adventure, Spider-Man’s Luck Strikes Out As The Avengers Attempt To Recruit The Web-Slinger Into The Team

MARVEL DAY

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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THE AVENGERS WANT TO RECRUIT SPIDER-MAN

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man embarks on a comedic adventure in order to join the Avengers. In the opening pages, the Avengers debate whether to offer him membership. Hawkeye is immediately elated, while the other members find Spider-Man to be “an unknown quantity” and Wasp does not like Spider-Man.1 In order to conduct the meeting, Thor commands for there to be an acting chairman. The acting chairman is Captain America.

The Avengers decide to learn more about Spider-Man. Hawkeye proposes to consult Daredevil. Captain America says he is “hyper-sensitive to sounds and impulses.”1 Captain America and Goliath work on sending high-frequency radio signals. Daredevil soon arrives at Avengers Mansion. He gives Spider-Man the highest recommendation stating that in his recent battle with the web-slinger, Spider-Man “was stronger, and more skillful than ever!”1 Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye soon depart to contact Spider-Man.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers debate whether to offer Spider-Man membership. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WELCOME SPIDER-MAN, TO AVENGERS MANSION!

Spider-Man is being recruited by the Avengers. Spider-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion. Soon, the Avengers must decide what kind of test to give Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Spider-Man is hot-tempered and Hawkeye is loud-mouthed. And when Iron Man attempts to silence Spider-Man, Spider-Man gets upset by his concern about Aunt May. He starts thinking that the test is the Avengers want him to get mad.

 

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN LOSES IT!

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN IS UP TO THE TEST AND STAGGERS THE HULK

The test for Spider-Man to join the Avengers, is for the web-slinger to find the Hulk and bring him back to the Avengers. After Spider-Man leaves, Captain America does not have enough time to state mission objectives or why they want the Hulk. Thor declares “the test is begun!”1 Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle and hears news about the Hulk spotted near the Gamma Ray Research Center. Spider-Man heads there. Spider-Man finds the Hulk and tells him the Green Goliath is coming with him.

A battle ensues where Spider-Man uses a combination of spider-speed and spider-strength to fight the Hulk. By accident, Hulk attempting to land a punch on Spider-Man, who evades, breaks the Gamma Ray Shielding Wall. This results into Hulk changing back into Dr. Bruce Banner. During their conversation, Spider-Man realizes Dr. Bruce Banner needs help not punishment and begins to question the Avengers. As Dr. Banner begins to change into Hulk, he tells Spider-Man he doesn’t reach his full strength “for first few minutes.”1 Sensing an opportunity, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength.

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN BLOWS IT!

Spider-Man changes his mind about joining the Avengers. Questioning the Avengers’ motives, Spider-Man attempts to set Hulk free. However, Hulk is at full strength and easily busts through Spider-Man’s webbing.

Good ol’ Spider luck, failing him again! Spider-Man returns to the Avengers’ Mansion and resigns from their membership offer. He tells the Avengers he could not find the Hulk. After Spider-Man departs, the Avengers are disappointed and have mixed feelings. Captain America says the Avengers actually wanted to help Hulk.

In the end, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers' membership offer.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers’ membership offer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


SOURCES

Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.

Marvel Day: In “Blood And Thunder”, Thor Succumbs To The Warrior Madness And Goes On A Rampage To Destroy The Nine Realms

MARVEL DAY

THOR HAS SUCCUMBED TO THE WARRIOR MADNESS! UNIVERSE BEWARE!
In ‘Thor’ (1993) #468, Thor has succumbed to the Warrior Madness. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN CRISES

WHAT IS THE WARRIOR MADNESS?

In ‘Thor’ (1969) #167, Thor must face judgment by All-Father Odin for falling to the Warrior Madness in battle. By the law of Odin, the Warrior Madness is called the Sin Unpardonable and is punishable by sacrifice. Though Lady Sif intercedes and cries it was out of love that Thor succumbed to the Warrior Madness, Odin does not grant Thor mercy.

Thor must search the universe for Galactus even if it takes an eternity. In ‘Thor’ (1996) #502, while waiting for the end of the Onslaught saga, Thor explains to Red Novell the chants he was intoning at night: Thor was trying to enter the Warrior Madness, though he did not succeed, which would increase his super strength ten-fold. However, the Warrior Madness is Berseker Rage and threatens Thor’s sanity.

In ‘Thor’ (1969) #167, Thor must face judgment by Odin for falling to the Warrior Madness in battle. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

THOR’S WARRIOR MADNESS WAS LOVE FOR THE MIND VALKYRIE

In ‘Thor’ (1993) #468, Odin has asked Thor to depart for the Heavens in order to seek peace after his recent trials. Odin is concerned about Thor’s well-being and wishes he were on Asgard. Elsewhere, Thor has gone mad and is talking to the Mind Valkyrie. She tells him that Thor has been misused and that he ought to seek revenge not only on Asgard, but also on the Nine Realms. Thor agrees and he talks frantically, he is observed from afar by Beta Ray Bill and Lady Sif, his betrothed. Beta Ray Bill counsels Lady Sif to stay away from Thor but she decides to intervene.

Lady Sif meets with Thor and Thor informs her he has found a new consort. As he points to the Mind Valkyrie, Lady Sif realizes there is no one there and Thor is talking to himself. Sensing foul, Thor hits Lady Sif. A battle follows between Thor and Beta Ray Bill. Seeing that he cannot protect her, Beta Ray Bill gives Lady Sif the Norn Stones and urges to flee to seek allies or even inform Odin. Lady Sif promises to return then she departs. Thor lands one more hammer strike on a befallen Beta Ray that shatters the asteroid. As the Thunder God is about to deliver a final blow, Silver Surfer arrives.

 

In ‘Thor’ (1993) #468, Thor has succumbed to the Warrior Madness. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SILVER SURFER VS THOR

Visiting the area, Silver Surfer sees Thor as he is about to deal the final blow on Beta Ray Bill. A vicious battle ensues with a no hold-back Silver Surfer.

Seeing that Beta Ray Bill is gravely injured, Silver Surfer transports him to safety on his cosmic board. Finally, Thor emerges victorious. Silver Surfer is on the ground and as Thor is about to land the final blow, Adam Warlock and Pip the Troll arrive.

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THOR WITH THE POWER GEM AND THE MIND VALKYRIE FIGHT DR. STRANGE, SILVER SURFER AND THE INFINITY WATCH

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #470, Thor possessed by the Warrior Madness is armed with the Power Gem and must fight Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and the Infinity Watch on Asgard. The heroes arrive on Asgard and attack Thor and the Mind Valkyrie who has taken form. Thor is able to withstand the initial brunt while the Mind Valkyrie deals with the Silver Surfer’s cosmic shock. Then, with a powerful hammer strike, Thor turns the battle.

Sensing the seriousness of the situation, Dr. Strange and Adam Warlock attempt an attack. They deal the Thunder God “a karmic-mystic attack!”1 Though writhing in pain, Thor taps into the power gem and returns their attack through a feedback. Only the Silver Surfer remains standing. With a final hammer blow, Thor fells Silver Surfer. Sensing defeat, Pip the Troll teleports everyone to Thanos’ sanctuary.

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #470, Thor possessed by the Warrior Madness is armed with the Power Gem and must fight Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and the Infinity Watch on Asgard. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SHOWDOWN ON ASGARD: THANOS VS ODIN

In ‘Warlock And The Infinity Watch (1994) #25’, Thanos takes on All-Father Odin on Asgard. Photo/Marvel Comics

ODIN HELPS CURE THOR OF HIS WARRIOR MADNESS

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #471, All-Father Odin helps cure Thor of his Warrior Madness. Thanos has imprisoned Thor in a cube of pure force and they have two hours before he is free. Odin sensing the threat to the Realm that Thor poses, inclines to destroy him. However, Dr. Strange intercedes and Adam Warlock tells him that Thor must be freed from his bondage. Once again, Odin plunges into Thor’s psyche.

He is transported before an imposing mountain. He climbs the mountain and finds Thor at the top, bound in chains. As Thor laments he has been there for a long time, Odin explains that the All-Father’s righteousness and his tampering with Thor’s soul in the past, have forged the chains. Odin breaks the chains. The Mind Valkyrie appears and states she is in her domain and Thor cannot be freed. Odin battles the Mind Valkyrie. Uneasy with the situation, Thor intervenes and defeats the Mind Valkyrie. Both Thor and Odin are transported back to Asgard. Thor thanks his friends and bids them farewell.

In ‘Thor’ (1994) #471, Thor defeats the Mind Valkyrie to be cured of his Warrior Madness. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Thor Vol 1 468 in Marvel Database.
Thor Odinson (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 167 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 502 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 470 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 1 471 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Thor #470.

My Comics Reading List In March 2021

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In ‘Thanos’ (2018) #17, Silver Surfer (The Fallen One) falls into a trap set by Thanos before facing future Thanos. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

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1. ‘THANOS’ (2016) #1 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

After the Civil War II event, Thanos returns to the Marvel Universe. Thane recruits Champion and Starfox for a secret mission involving Thanos. However, the mad Titan is dying…



2. ‘THOR’ (2020) #1 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

As King Thor prepares a speech he has rehearsed multiple times, snow falls in Asgard. Galactus and Silver Surfer arrive on Asgard, foretelling the Black Winter. They have come to Asgard to enlist Thor on a mission to stop the Black Winter.



3. ‘AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’ (2014) #9 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

The origin story of Miles Morales is related to tragedy on an alternate universe. From tragedy, the superhero is born! Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man. Welcome to the Spider-Verse!



4. ‘DARK NIGHTS: METAL’ (2017) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Earth 0 is being invaded by a counterpart of Batman from the Dark Multiverse, led by the demon Barbatos! Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern must embark on a mission to save the DC Multiverse from an existential threat. Prepare for a multiversal event unlike the DC Multiverse has ever witnessed.



5. ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ (2011) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

On Prime Earth, Metropolis and Gotham City are facing sightings of strange alien creatures called Parademons. A group of young and inexperienced superheroes investigate. The sightings portend an event far more catastrophic, more than a challenge for these modern-day superheroes!

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6. ‘WONDER WOMAN’ (2012) #13 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

The re-surfacing of an ancient prophecy is set to rock the Throne on Olympus as Wonder Woman embarks on her most fateful mission yet: to protect an unborn child! Wonder Woman is on a collision course to face a foe who challenges her mentally and physically.

The cryptic prophecy must not come to pass, or else!

*Issue #13 is sold in Volume 3.



7. ‘FUTURE STATE: THE NEXT BATMAN’ (2021) #1 (DC)

SYNOPSIS

Bruce Wayne is no longer behind the mask and there is a new Batman in Gotham City. The Magistrate is in power and has ordered anyone with a mask on to be shot.

Batman must fight crime in Gotham City while on the run from the Magistrate.



8. ‘HOUSE OF M’ (2005) #1 (MARVEL)

SYNOPSIS

Wanda Maximoff unable to beget children, uses her mutant powers to alter reality and conceive a child. She faces fierce opposition from Professor Xavier and the X-Men.

Suddenly, superheroes are disappearing one by one. Spider-Man disappears and wakes up to a baby crying…




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In ‘Thor #327’, Thor performs a super-strength feat. Thor lifts the Midgard Serpent with a bait, uncoiling from the Earth. Photo/Marvel Comics

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