Issue(s): Thor #212, Thor #213
...so, leaving Volstagg behind to take care of Balder (because Hildegarde refuses to, in without a doubt the best scene in the arc)...
...the group, which includes hangers-on Tana Nile and Silas Grant, discovers that all of Asgard is empty. Why? Because it's been raided by alien slavers. Some bug people and some lizard people.
The idea that Asgard is actually a planet floating in regular space, and therefore subject to alien visits, is interesting and there's support for the idea in earlier books. But that isn't really explored here; it's just taken for granted. No, the Asgardians were apparently overwhelmed by these ridiculous aliens and taken as slaves.
They are fed drugged mush to keep them docile.
Thor puts a stop to all the nonsense.
The other thing i do like about the story is the use of the Asgardians' viking boat as a spaceship. There's a lot of interesting things to be explored in the context of these Viking Gods that are actually floating on a planet in space, but again, it's all taken for granted in passing.
Look, you can do a story like this in like Conan or something. It really doesn't work for nigh-omnipotent gods.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Thor #209-228 take place during Avengers #109. This takes place pretty soon after the previous arc, with Thor seeing for himself that Balder has gone mad.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Conan fans would never tolerate an alien invasion or ships in space. Roy Thomas tried it once in Savage Sword, and never ever tried it again anywhere else.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 31, 2013 4:09 PM
I meant a plot where slavers capture the king and someone has to go rescue him, of course! ;-)
Posted by: fnord12 | March 31, 2013 4:12 PM
Yes, but Conan didn't care about rescuing kings either...dancing girls, maybe...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 31, 2013 5:05 PM
Shouldn't Asgard be desert after this story?
Posted by: JTI88 | July 9, 2016 2:16 PM
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