Thor annual #14 (Balder)
Issue(s): Thor annual #14 (Balder story only)
This story has Karnilla showing up for Nanna's funeral, which was mostly attended by woodland creatures.
Karnilla then tells Balder that she feels bad about Nanna's death, and to make up for it, she's made a deal with Hela. On Balder's word, Hela will exchange Karnilla's life for Nanna's.
But Balder declines that offer, and it does make him open himself back up to the idea of a romance with Karnilla ("Not now. Not... yet").
Of course, Karnilla knew all along that Balder wouldn't accept the offer, and in fact Hela was only an illusion.
I'm still not convinced this was necessary - Balder's capacity for forgiveness is one of his prime characteristics, and Walt Simonson developed the tentative romance between him and Karnilla well enough without needing this - but i guess it smooths things over a bit more. And there's some nice fantasy style art from Bo Hampton.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: A footnote tells us that "This sad story occurs shortly afte the events depicted in T.O.A. from Thor #311".
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
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