Characters Appearing: Fafnir, Karnilla, Loki, Odin, Thor
Issue(s): Thor #318
Wouldn't it be awesome if Thor fought the statues of Easter Island? Yeah! So let's do that!
Thanks to Loki for setting things up, and Karnilla for lending her Norn Stones to make it happen.
In addition to the statues, Thor also fights Fafnir the dragon.
Odin show up at the end to say he might have turned Fafnir from a dragon back into the man (or was it a dwarf or giant?) he originally was if he had just asked him instead of allying with Loki.
You'd think i wouldn't have any complaints about a story where Thor fights Easter Island statues and a dragon, but i am an expert at complaining. And there really is a problem here; Moench's story is just really corny and kiddie-oriented. The whole thing kicks off when Loki overhears an Asgardian storyteller telling kids that Thor is great, and it makes Loki jealous.
That's like... coloring book level plotting.
Pretty corny ending, too.
I've made excuses for Moench on his Godzilla and Shogun Warriors books with the assumption that he was targeting a younger audience. But this is Thor. It's always been a more mature book. Not necessarily mature topics, but epic, complex (granted, sometimes confusing) stories. And it wasn't that long ago that Moench wrote a story about race relations in this book. So to go from that to this is a pretty big shift.
Here's your Gil Kane up-nostril shot of the issue.
A back-up feature called The Gods and Goddesses of Asgard has pin-ups of Heimdall, Hermod, Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun. Ummmm.... which ones are the Goddesses?
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Avengers #218-219. Thor investigates the ongoings at Easter Island because the other Avengers are "off on a mission", but that doesn't seem to refer to anything we know about.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Walter Simonson apparently forgot about this story, because in Thor 341 Fafnir describes his last battle with Thor as the Tale of Asgard back-ups in Thor 134-136.
Posted by: Michael | July 28, 2013 2:53 PM
Some of the Easter Island statues were shown to be space aliens in disguise in Tales to Astonish #16.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | July 28, 2013 3:56 PM
Sorry but unless they're Stone Men from Saturn, they're not sentient Easter Island monsters.
Posted by: Ataru320 | July 28, 2013 5:02 PM
Did Gil Kane ink this too? It looks like somebody else.
Posted by: a.lloyd | February 10, 2017 3:15 AM
Good call, a.lloyd. The credits say Gil Kane, but the GCD has a note from someone saying that "it clearly looks like Pablo Marcos was the uncredited, actual inker here".
Posted by: fnord12 | February 10, 2017 8:16 AM
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