Marvel Super Heroes #9 (Thor)
Issue(s): Marvel Super Heroes #9 (Thor story only)
The Frost Giants go to a Frost Giant wizard named Sludge, who tries to use magic to summon Ymir for help against the robot. The use of magic attracts the attention of Loki, and he offers to help instead, for a payment not yet discussed. Loki uses his magic to take possession of the Thermal Man.
Later, Hermod crashes into Eric Masterson's apartment. Loki has led the Frost Giants in an invasion of Asgard, and the Asgardians need Thor's help. Susan Austin had been babysitting Kevin, and Eric rushed her out the door the minute he got back from wherever he was, but now he calls her back to watch Kevin again, and he doesn't even wait for her to show up before leaving.
In an Asgard war council, Thor says that the Thermal Man is his responsibility, so he agrees to battle it while the rest of the Asgardians deal with the giants. Thor gets to Loki/Thermal Man just before Thermal Man disintegrates the Warriors Three.
But Thor is still not having much luck against the robot, so he summons something from Earth.
It turns out to be his war armor.
Thor eventually figures out that Loki is controlling the Thermal Man. He blasts the robot with his hammer.
That makes a hole in its chest from which he pulls out the power unit, which is about to overload.
So Thor throws it through the portal that the Frost Giants were using to flee from Asgard since the battle was no longer going their way. I wondered in the first part of this story if Thor was responsible for genocide for siccing the unstoppable Thermal Man on the Frost Giants. Little did i know...
This is a full length, 20 page, story. I can see why it wasn't used. Not just because Thor nukes an entire race, but because the story just isn't very good.
What's extra weird is that it seems to assume a lot of time has passed since the Thermal Man was dumped in the Frost Giant's realm (see the Considerations). How long were they supposed to be fighting the robot? I'll also never get how it's possible that the Frost Giants are sometimes depicted as little Ymirs, literally frost giants, but other times they are just generic giants that live in the cold regions. Shouldn't there be some consistency about that? Are there two types of Frost Giants? Maybe the Thermal Man wiped out all the ice types and has moved on to the flesh types?
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: I guess the Frost Giants were able to hold off the Thermal Man for a while, because this takes place after Eric is bonded with Thor in Thor #406-408, whereas the original story took place earlier (circa Thor #400). I'm assuming that Hermod is able to get Thor to Asgard despite the Rainbow Bridge being broken. I'm placing this soon after Thor #408.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showBalder, Fandral, Hermod, Hogun, Kevin Masterson, Loki, Odin, Susan Austin, Thermal Man, Thor, Thunderstrike, Tyr, Vizier, Volstagg
Wouldn't Thor's armor being used mean this has to be before #413? He destroyed the armor in that issue when it was possessed by Loki.
Posted by: AF | May 11, 2016 3:47 PM
But that happens in Thor's subconscious mind, so i'm not sure it's meant to be the real armor. I also didn't realize it was destroyed at the end of the issue, so much as (subconscious) Loki was defeated while wearing it. That said, i wasn't really thrilled with placing this where the MCP had it, between Thor #418-419, so i've pushed this back as close to Thor annual #15 as possible, soon after Thor #408. So that will address the armor if necessary.
Posted by: fnord12 | May 11, 2016 4:13 PM
Well, wasn't the story something along the lines of Loki had actually used magic on his armor during that Seth story and over the next 13 or so issues he kept having headaches and dizzy spells because of Loki's enchantments?
I really don't remember. I hate subconscious vision quest issues. But also, he never wore the armor again after that story.
Posted by: AF | May 11, 2016 4:56 PM
Concerning frost giants, the deluxe handbook's entry on Ymir tries to explain the differing appearances by saying the ice ones are the early generations, and the human-like ones are later generations. I'm not sure how much sense that makes.
Posted by: Mortificator | September 24, 2017 11:29 AM
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