Issue(s): Thor #413
What's interesting is that he's upset about both Eric and Thor related problems. But once he transforms into Thor, he ain't worried about nuthin'.
Of course it's been a while since Thor had to deal with romantic sequences as clumsy as this.
While Susan is stumbling her way through that conversation, and is interrupted by a visit from Eric's designer colleague Jackie Lukus, Hercules is out on the balcony having a cosmic moment.
Eric then gets the idea to take Thor to Dr. Strange to get his dizzy spells checked out.
Meanwhile, Lackey Loki gives Ulik the troll an amulet that will temporarily give him the power necessary to fight Hercules and Odin, and he sends him to Earth. Ulik is disguised as a member of 1980s era ZZTop and he looks awesome. And he's oh so sophisticated with his knowledge of crude dimensional gateways.
Thor, meanwhile, is on a vision quest. Eric is actually along for the ride too. Thor is fighting a version of himself in the full battle armor that he wore during Walt Simonson's run.
Thor figures it out for himself, too, and goes to warn the Avengers that Loki is the one responsible for Acts of Vengeance.
So that's the big reveal that Loki is behind Acts of Vengeance. It happens pretty much by accident, in a story that isn't even labeled as part of the crossover on the cover. I don't know that i blame Tom DeFalco for this (except in his capacity as Editor in Chief, which is no small exception); maybe he thought that the mystery was also going to be worked out separately in the Avengers issues. It's pretty typical of Acts of Vengeance, though, which has pretty much been a plotless crossover.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Hercules will have to fend for himself for a bit, because Thor goes from here to Avengers West Coast #55. I have tagged this as an Acts of Vengeance crossover despite it not being labelled as such since anyone looking for issues of the event will want to include this issue. The Beta Ray Bill back-up story that concludes in this issue is covered in a separate entry.
Crossover: Acts of Vengeance
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showBloodaxe (Jackie Lukus), Dr. Strange, Hercules, Kevin Masterson, Loki, Susan Austin, Thor, Thunderstrike, Ulik, Wong
Really strange to not label it an "Acts Of Vengeance" crossover after telling you "to not miss the conclusion to Acts of Vengeance in Avengers West Coast #55." You're absolutely right that you would need this issue to complete the collection.
Posted by: clyde | April 9, 2015 11:13 AM
Ulik should have kept that suit-and-shades look as part of his look. It makes him look all the more awesome.
Posted by: Ataru320 | April 22, 2015 10:54 AM
I would totally buy a hipster Ulik series.
Posted by: MindlessOne | June 6, 2017 12:52 PM
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