Issue(s): Thor #129, Thor #130
A minute later he's totally forgotten about Tana and after a discussion with Jane, Thor leaves for Asgard to renounce his immortality so he can marry her. LEAVING JANE ALONE IN THE APARTMENT WITH THE WEIRD LADY HE WAS FORCED TO BOW TO! And they say Hercules is the dumb one. Tana Nile proceeds to send Jane away in order to prevent Thor from interfering with her plans.
Thor returns to Asgard to find that he'd forgotten to check his palm pilot, because today just happens to be the Day of Three Worlds, during which Thor is supposed to fulfill a prophecy.
Luckily the prophecy predicts that he will help tie up another plot thread, which means he gets to help Hercules get out of his contract with Pluto. He does so by kicking the crap out of everyone in Hades.
It's a bit overwhelming that both the Greek and Norse pantheons exist in the Marvel universe. It would have been interesting if only the Norse myths were true. As it is, this book is doing its best to introduce us to a whole second cast. We meet Hercules' half-brother Ares this arc.
And other Greek gods as well. That's Artemis in the background above, and here is Hermes.
Overall, good stuff in a crazy sort of way.
The Tales of Asgard back-ups introduce Harokin, a rival warrior that is killed in these stories but who later goes on to be a lieutenant of Hela.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Spectacular #2, Marvel Spectacular #3
Inbound References (13): show
May need to increase the importance rank due to Ares, since he was an Avenger for a bit.
Posted by: Ataru320 | August 19, 2012 8:52 PM
Posted by: fnord12 | August 20, 2012 2:22 PM
Craaazy stuff...why is Tana Nile wearing a shirt with a bat symbol on it....was this a reference to the (new) Batman series??
Posted by: JungGT | August 14, 2013 7:58 PM
so, let me get this straight. instead of moving to a different apartment that Thor doesn't have an interest in visiting, Tana Nile decides that the best way to avoid suspicion and having her secret plans upset is to make Jane Foster run away? doofus. if she let Thor and Jane get married, he'd have given up his godhood and then even if he found out her plans, he wouldn't be able to do anything about them.
you know what you don't hear enough of these days? "Asgard Forever!"
Posted by: min | April 4, 2014 9:44 AM
It's true that other mythologies are spilled into the Marvelverse as time goes by, and none of them resonate like the Norse or even the Olympians.
Posted by: Cecil | August 28, 2015 7:00 PM
Funny how we have Greek names for Ares, Zeus, Artemis, and Hermes, but then we have Roman names for Pluto (Hades) and Hercules (Heracles). In Sub-Mariner also we have the Roman Neptune instead of Greek Poseidon. Kirby/Lee mythology. It's for everybody.
Posted by: James Holt | September 2, 2016 5:51 PM
From the lettercol of Champions #6: "For major Olympian characters we invoke artistic license and use whatever name sounds better to us. So we have Hercules instead of Herakles, Venus instead of Aphrodite, and - because Hades is more commonly thought of as a domain - Pluto instead of Hades. Generally speaking, though, for minor characters we'll go with the Greek names." I imagine if they were doing it now, when kids learn astronomy before they learn mythology, it would be Greek names all around... except maybe Hercules.
Posted by: Andrew | September 2, 2016 9:52 PM
Thanks for the info Andrew.
Posted by: Leves | September 24, 2016 1:41 PM
More cool Lee/Kirby stuff here. I remember reading those when they came out and really wondering who the mystery woman was.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 7, 2016 10:10 PM
I don't think we'd have Walt Simonson's Thor stuff if it wasn't for the Tales of Asgard backups. Story and art.
Posted by: Adam Dale | March 23, 2017 9:23 PM
Ares appearence really improved by the years!
Posted by: Roy Mattson | July 5, 2017 12:11 PM
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