Writing Walt Simonson
Art Sal Buscema
Lettering John Workman
Coloring Max Scheele
What is not to love with this issue. Simonson packs so much into it!
Speaking of, look at that cover by Simonson.
This was due to Marvel celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Look at that border, I own all but three of these.
Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain Marvel (Monica), Dr. Strange, Namor, Captain America, Wasp, Ant Man, Puck, Shadowcat, Rogue, Wolverine, Colossus, Storm, Rachel Summers, Nightcrawler, Iceman, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Daredevil, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Hawkeye, Luke Cage, Thing, She-Hulk, Invisible Woman, Reed Richards, Human Torch and Thor
This one comic makes a bunch of references to previous stories, and it is nice that we are given those issue numbers.
Also, art by my favorite Buscema brother, Sal. Sal Buscema is one of my top three Spider-artist of all time. Of course, the majority of fans won’t agree with me, but that is on them.
Apparently, Thor has been away from Earth for quite some time.
He is missing his father, Odin, whom is lost along with Surtur from a battle those two had.
Odin’s battle was in issue 353, that is such a long time.
Thor is being barred from Surtur’s realm, Muspelheim.
Thor had a civilian identity, Sigurd Jarlson, which was pretty much just Thor with a ponytail and glasses. He was a construction worker.
He did not do much with this identity’s apartment, as we see nothing on the walls or floor, except for a bare mattress.
Imagine being a mugger then you get Mjolnir placed in front of your face? I would give up too.
Asgardians are trying to hide Surtur’s sword, but it is gigantic.
Volstagg has two Earth boys in his home. He is watching over them, as their mother died in 371. He has to break the news to them.
The boys don’t believe him. Feel so bad for them, and they first thought he was Santa. Those two cannot catch a break.
Thor hasn’t worked construction since issue 341, that is a long time.
Thor’s apartment is bare, and he didn’t want the Avengers’ companionship but he finds his old boss, Jerry.
Jerry is a great guy, invites Thor home for dinner.
Jerry and his wife Tina, are raising six kids, Ernesto, Pietro, Giovanna, Maria, Rosa and Gabriella. Six kids, sounds insane to me.
Ernesto takes a shine to Thor, and wants to hang out with Thor for the rest of the night.
Thor loves dinner, and even washes the dishes.
He is too tired for a bedtime story, but will take the kids to the park the next day.
In Odin’s absence, Balder the Brave is in charge of Asgard. He gets a misson, leaving Heimdall to watch over Asgard.
Thor tells the kids about a time Odin was ib disguise and taught a young Thor a lesson.
Then these frogs come up and tell Thor about the Mutant Massacre. He became friends with the frogs when he himself was a frog, back in issue 364 / 365.
Puddlegulp will eventually become Throg, of the Pet Avengers.
This talking to frogs business confirms to the kids that he is Thor.
Hela has plans for Thor.
Thor goes to the Morlock Tunnels and runs into Blockbuster and Harpoon, after walking pass a bunch of dead bodies.
I wish Thor killed Harpoon, for what he did to Kitty.
We get a “I say thee nay!” proving this issue has it all!
He fights the Marauders off, they scatter off.
Seeing Angel pinned to the wall is horrible!
Thor hears some footsteps and turns to face his would be attackers.
Most likely, it is only the rest of the Original Five X-Men, as X-Factor.