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.

Super Power: The Six Infinity Gems Are Multiversal Artifacts Created By The Celestials

SUPER POWER

Comics Explained

IN MARVEL MULTIVERSE

THE INFINITY GEMS ARE ARTIFACTS FROM MARVEL’S PRIMORDIAL UNIVERSE

In ‘Marvel Premiere’ (1972) #2, Adam Warlock is featured with the Soul Gem for the first time

Today we talk about six primordial super powers. I speak of the Infinity Gems.

The Infinity Gems first appeared in Marvel continuity in ‘Marvel Premiere’ (1972) #2, which featured the first appearance of the Soul Gem and the power of Adam Warlock.

In ‘Infinity Wars’ (2018) #6, it is revealed that the Infinity Gems are primordial artifacts that were originally created by the Celestials in the Prime Universe. It is found that the Infinity Gems actually do not have power in that dimension, and are delivered from that dimension to the Marvel Multiverse.

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET

In 'Infinity Gauntlet' (1991) #1, Thanos finds out about the six Infinity Gems from Death's realm.
In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Thanos finds out about the six Infinity Gems from the Infinity Well in Death’s realm. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, upon his resurrection, Thanos gazed at the six Infinity Gems from the Infinity Well in Death’s Realm. He realized the Gems’ true nature and set out to acquire them. They were a remnant from the universe’s creation that in solitude, originally split in six fragments with different primordial super powers: soul, mind, power, time, reality, space.

Read on!

The Infinity Gems were kept by the In-Betweener and by members of the Elders of the Universe who, on the contrary, were not aware of the true essence of their Gems. The mad Titan Thanos then gathered these gems into the Infinity Gauntlet. He took the Soul Gem from the In-Betweener, the Power Gem from the Champion, the Time Gem from the Gardener, the Reality Gem from the Collector, the Space Gem from the Runner, and the Mind Gem from the Grandmaster. During the Infinity Gauntlet saga, Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to remove from existence half of the population of the universe in order to gain Death‘s love. In the end, Thanos was defeated when Adam Warlock was able to gain possession of the Infinity Gauntlet.

Infinity Stones, Marvel Database

Let’s look at some battles in comics where other Marvel beings used these primordial super powers.

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IN ‘SILVER SURFER’ (1991) #47, ADAM WARLOCK USES THE SOUL GEM TO RETURN SILVER SURFER AND DRAX THE DESTROYER FROM SOUL WORLD BACK TO THEIR BODIES

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1991) #47, Adam Warlock exiles Silver Surfer and Drax the Destroyer from Soul World back into their bodies. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In a plot by Thanos, Drax the Destroyer attempts to conquer Soul World. He defeats Gamora. However, Adam Warlock bests him in combat.

Using the primordial super power of the Soul Gem, Adam Warlock sends Silver Surfer and Drax the Destroyer from Soul World back to their bodies.

In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1991) #47, Silver Surfer and Drax the Destroyer return from Soul World back into their bodies. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

IN ‘WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH’ (1993) #13, MOONDRAGON USES THE MIND GEM TO KNOCK OUT THE HULK WITH A MIND BLAST

In 'Warlock and the Infinity Watch' (1993) #13, Moondragon uses the Mind Gem to knockout Hulk with a mind blast.
In ‘Warlock and the Infinity Watch’ (1993) #13, Moondragon uses the Mind Gem to knockout Hulk with a mind blast. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Warlock and the Infinity Watch’ (1993) #13, Drax the Destroyer and Hulk get into a fight in Reno over Hulk putting an end to what Drax the Destroyer calls his music. Hulk thinks through the fight and realizes that he has to end the fight due to the collateral damage and his own publicity. As the battle goes on, Hulk stops the fight and tells Drax to put down the boulder he was about to smash Hulk with. He says he gives up and that Drax the Destroyer has won the fight.

The two talk things over. As Drax talks about music he finds a closed shop with musical instruments behind the window. Seeing how badly Drax wants them, Hulk breaks the window. Drax retrieves a saxophone. The two engage in friendly banter but soon reach a disagreement when Hulk in trying to be on friendly terms with Drax taps him on the back. Drax responds with a punch!

Moondragon comes in looking for Drax the Destroyer. Moondragon uses the super power of the Mind Gem to knock out Hulk with a mind blast.

OUTCOME: MOONDRAGON WINS BY KNOCKOUT

IN ‘SHE-HULK’ (2004) #11, TITANIA POWERED BY THE POWER GEM KNOCKS OUT SHE-HULK WHO REVERTS TO HER JEN WALTERS FORM

In ‘She-Hulk’ (2004) #11, Titania powered by the Power Gem attacks She-Hulk at the ruins of Avengers Mansion. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘She-Hulk’ (2004) #11, She-Hulk is having problems with changing back and forth to her Jen Walters form. Doc Samson arrives at her apartment and takes her to Avengers Mansion.

Titania has received the Power Gem from the Champion of the Universe, whom She-Hulk has bested in combat. She arrives at Avengers Mansion and defeats Doc Samson. Then, she faces She-Hulk.

In 'She-Hulk' (2004) #11, Titania powered by the Power Gem beats down She-Hulk at the ruins of Avengers Mansion.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2004) #11, Titania powered by the Power Gem beats down She-Hulk at the ruins of Avengers Mansion. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
In 'She-Hulk' (2004) #11, Titania powered by the Power Gem knocks out She-Hulk at the ruins of Avengers Mansion who reverts to her Jen Walters form.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2004) #11, Titania powered by the Power Gem knocks out She-Hulk at the ruins of Avengers Mansion who reverts to her Jen Walters form. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

She-Hulk deals Titania a punch that creates a blast. But Titania blocks it. She-Hulk remarks “it’s…not…possible!”1 She notices the Power Gem on Titania’s forehead. Titania grins then responds with the primordial super power. She responds with a haymaker. Then, she smashes She-Hulk through several stories of a building. She-Hulk lies on the floor and her left hand is seen to revert back to her Jen Walters form.

OUTCOME: TITANIA WINS BY KNOCKOUT

SUPER FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH’ (1992) #1, THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN THE LIVING TRIBUNAL AND ADAM WARLOCK WOULD LAY WASTE TO REALITY

In 'Warlock and The Infinity Watch (1992) #1, the confrontation between the Living Tribunal and Adam Warlock with the Infinity Gauntlet would lay waste to reality.
In ‘Warlock and The Infinity Watch (1992) #1, the confrontation between the Living Tribunal and Adam Warlock with the Infinity Gauntlet would lay waste to reality. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SOURCES

Infinity Stones in Marvel Database.
Infinity Gauntlet Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Premiere Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Infinity Wars Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.
Silver Surfer Vol 3 47 in Marvel Database.
Warlock and the Infinity Watch Vol 1 13 in Marvel Database.
She-Hulk Vol 1 11 in Marvel Database.
Warlock and the Infinity Watch Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. She-Hulk #11.