Issue(s): Thor #355
This issue is also a break for Thor, who is physically depleted and, more importantly, in mourning over the death of his father. We saw last issue that he was buried by an avalanche by Hela. He's been rescued by a large old man.
The old man is attended only by ice figurines that he brings to life. The lettercol says that the idea of the animated ice statues was suggested by Chris Claremont.
In a touch that feels straight out of the myths, Thor's host demands that Thor wrestle him. And by protocol, Thor may not refuse.
Across the several days that Thor spends with the old man, Thor repeatedly accuses the man of secretly being Odin in disguise. The man denies it, and eventually Thor is nursed back to health and sent to find Frigga and the children she's been tending, and lead them back to Asgard.
The old man turns out to be Thor's great-grandfather, Buri.
Meanwhile, back on Midgard*, the Warriors Three invade Macy's...
...and some guys in armor start getting up to some trouble.
I agree that Sal Buscema is turning in some nice work, and this was a good recovery issue for Thor.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Moving this back in publication time to make room for Loki's appearance in X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2. He was actually seen leaving Earth with Lorelei last issue and arriving in Asgard here, so Loki shouldn't appear elsewhere in between.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBeta Ray Bill, Buri, Fandral, Frigga, Hildy, Hogun, Loki, Lorelei (Norse Goddess), Sif, Thor, Volstagg
When I was reading this, I got to page 5 before saying, "Wait, isn't that a Sal Buscema mouth?" and flipping back to look for the credits.
Posted by: Mortificator | September 22, 2017 6:09 PM
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