Issue #123, Journey Into Mystery (Dec. 1965)
The Mighty Thor “While A Universe Trembles!”
Okay, so life got in the way to prevent my timely update of the latest Emo!Thor installment. Mea culpa. And is anyone else noticing that these titles are starting to seriously sound like the names of Soap Operas?
When last we left our intrepid hero, he was busily whisking Sidekick!Hobbs off to the famed spires of Asgard after threatening him with becoming potential Dino-chow. Meanwhile, in Asgard, Evil!Loki was finally making his move against Daddy!Odin, with a little help from his brutish bully Crusher Creel. Things were starting to look quite dire for Odin when a blast of cosmic energy didn’t destroy Creel but instead, made him more dangerous! OH NOES! Can this cosmic calamity get any more catastrophic? (*feels just like the announcer at the end of the old Batman TV series*)
We open on Emo!Thor reiterating to Sidekick!Hobbs that what he’s about to see will BLOW HIS MIND! And in return for this insider glimpse of the fabled home of the Norse gods, Hobbs has promised to completely forget all about the pictures he took of the Blake/Thor transformation. Seems easy enough. Hobbs, naturally, wants to take pictures while he’s there, but Thor says him nay, because it’s just entirely too awesome. They travel by vortex, so everything is shielded from view, but when the whirlwind drops…
Emo!Thor does the whole “walk this way” bit with Awestruck!Hobbs and about halfway along the bridge, Thor realizes that Heimdall isn’t at his post which means that something REALLY BAD is going on. They race through the shining, empty streets and with each passing second Thor is getting more and more worried. When they finally come upon Odin’s guards, trying to regroup from getting their asses handed to them by Creel, all of Thor’s worst fears are confirmed. What IS a Thunder God to do in a situation like this?
He arrives just in time to see the cosmic bolt hurling and the subsequent disaster that it causes when Creel throws the bolt right back at Odin. Daddy must be warned! But how to get close enough? Meanwhile, there’s a bit of mud slinging and hurt feelings going on between the two combatants:
Daddy!Odin, having learned NOTHING from the cosmic bolt fiasco, decides to conjure up a molecular cyclone to throw at Creel…which truly dismays our hero:
Suddenly, we find ourselves in a jungle on earth, with no idea of how we got here.
Seems as though those silly Commies are on the hunt for a savage who threatens their message of peace and love via violence and despair. The savage in question hangs out in the bushes, bemoaning the lack of divine intervention, shaking his fist at the sky and calling out the god, when suddenly:
And the second our savage picks up the stone, he’s overcome by a rush of strength and awesomeness. He cannot be stopped! And, with a healthy dose of fearlessness brought about by magical means, he pops up out of the bushes and proceeds to smack the hell out of the Commies who were hunting him down.
The Commies retaliate by firing their guns, and STRAWNG!Savage snatches them out of the air and flings them right back at ’em. It is at this point that he has an epiphany:
But! We don’t really care about him, now do we? Back to Asgard, where Cyclone!Creel continues to menace Daddy!Odin while Emo!Thor appears to be trapped behind a wall. A wall that I don’t remember coming into play before our sudden scene change, but no matter, Creel is unstoppable:
Thor desperately pulls himself out of his predicament, absolutely intent on at least providing backup for Odin’s last stand against Creel:
It’s about this time that Sinister!Loki makes HIS presence known:
Surprisingly enough, rather than fight Loki too, Odin just hands the scepter over, much to the delight of Loki and the anguish of Thor:
However, things don’t go quite as Cunning!Loki is expecting when Creel, drunk on his own power, grows a pair and decides to have HIS say about who’s in charge and they have a little tug o’ war over the scepter while Odin and Thor watch from the sidelines:
While the two tussle over the scepter, Odin informs them that there’s a teeny little flaw in their plan to take over the universe:
As the two prepare to go after each other again, Daddy!Odin unveils his OWN plan for them:
Flinging them both into space, he confirms what Asgard already knew:
Everyone is relieved as the two disappear into the void and there is much rejoicing! Daddy!Odin thanks Emo!Thor for being the valiant, courageous Thunder God that he is, and it’s about that time that Thor is reminded of something he’s forgotten:
Odin is understandably upset, but Thor explains about their “compact” while Loopy!Hobbs desperately searches for his camera because OMG! ODIN! Unfortunately, the camera in question is smashed beyond repair:
Odin walks away from the situation, telling Thor to get Hobbs out of his realm, and Hobbs is duly impressed:
Hobbs petitions for the chance to maybe make a few sketches, but Thor says him nay, preparing to whirlwind them both back to earth, and we, again, abruptly switch scenes. Meanwhile, back in the outskirts of Mongolia, it would appear our newest baddie has decided to branch out:
The denizens flee, as expected, much to the dismay of STRAWNG!Savage, but there IS a silver lining:
Back in the suburbs of New York, Hobbs and Thor are just arriving home, with Hobbs bemoaning his lack of evidence that he even went to Asgard. It’s especially alarming because he doesn’t even remember it… thanks to our hero’s mind wipe abilities:
*whew* That was one hell of a story arc there….but the next issue will, hopefully, begin a NEW round of adventures for our hero! A new year, a new Emo!Thor! Stay tuned! I know I’m just dying to find out what The Demon has planned.
In the meantime (from Tales of Asgard):
~Go Team Thor!