Warlock and the Infinity Watch #25
Issue(s): Warlock and the Infinity Watch #25
At least this issue is drawn by Angel Medina. It's definitely cartoony, but it's of better quality, and more imaginative, than most of the crossover.
Odin eventually gets involved, and it comes down to a one on one battle between him and Thanos.
It might be a bit much for Starlin to have Odin say that Thanos is the toughest foe he's fought in eons. I think Mangog and Surtur, at a minimum, would have something to say about that.
But Thanos fights long enough to get Odin to pause, and that gives Sif an opportunity to intercede and fess up the way she probably should have done all along.
Dr. Strange then tells Odin that it's all his fault, because of Donald Blake.
Odin tries to cure Thor, but is unsuccessful.
The idea that Thor's madness is all because of Donald Blake seems off, since we're far away from that having been a problem (Thor learned that Blake was a construct created by Odin to punish him back in Thor #158-159). When Thor's madness started, he was also ranting about Odin having given away his power to copycats like Beta Ray Bill and Thunderstrike, and that will come up again in the final chapter here. I guess i'll save my thoughts on that for the final chapter, but for now suffice it to say that while i enjoyed the battle, the explanation for Thor's madness feels lacking, and with that being so underdeveloped, we're not heading to a satisfying conclusion.
In a brief reminder that this book did once have its own storylines, we see Count Abyss and Maya.
This is the last issue to be illustrated by Angel Medina who leaves to work on *checks notes*... (is this right?)... Blackwulf?!?
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 163,616. Single issue closest to filing date = 99,585.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part twelve of Blood and Thunder. Part thirteen is in Thor #25.
Crossover: Blood and Thunder
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAdam Warlock, Balder, Beta Ray Bill, Count Abyss, Dr. Strange, Drax the Destroyer, Fandral, Gamora, Heimdall, Hogun, Maxam, Maya Teraxtola, Moondragon, Odin, Pip the Troll, Sif, Silver Surfer, Thanos, Thor, Volstagg
FNORD - "It might be a bit much for Starlin to have Odin say that Thanos is the toughest foe he's fought in eons."
Posted by: clyde | March 27, 2017 3:07 PM
I figure Odin means Thanos is the toughest NEW opponent he's fought in eons.
Posted by: Andrew | March 27, 2017 8:18 PM
i like to think that when Odin says "Eons" here he's just referring to how the old Eon has now been replaced by the new Eon, Epoch. And Thanos probably is the toughest foe Odin's faced since the last Eon ;-)
Posted by: Walter Lawson | March 27, 2017 8:42 PM
Note that Zeus promised to tell Odin of Thor's madness in "3 days" unless Sif did in Thor 467. It seems like a lot more than 3 days passed between Thor 467 and this issue.
Posted by: Michael | March 27, 2017 11:00 PM
Do you think so? I would say it has been a few hours only.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | March 28, 2017 10:29 AM
My point was that if you go by the FF's chronology it seems like it's been much longer than 3 days since Infinity Crusade. First the EMP in Fatal Attractions happens, then Shary gets nearly killed, everyone goes to Latveria where Reed "dies", everybody gets Skrull-naped, they recruit Scott Lang, they battle the Frightful Four, Franklin gets into a fight with Malice Sue and when Starblast starts, they're starting repairs on their headquarters.
Posted by: Michael | March 28, 2017 8:07 PM
Medina's art has it's places but I think an epic fight between Odin and Thanos shouldn't be depicted in a cartoony style.
Posted by: Multiple Manu | December 29, 2017 8:50 AM
At least in this case we have Starlin showing Thanos only being able to fight Odin to a draw, instead of outright beating him. That would have been way too much.
In any case, Odin's power-level has fluctuated dramatically over the decades, so the fact that he wasn't able to defeat Thanos could always be hand-waved away by saying his power was on the wane again and maybe he needed to take a short Odinsleep.
Posted by: Ben Herman | December 29, 2017 2:51 PM
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