Issue #127, The Mighty Thor (Apr. 1966)
The Mighty Thor “The Hammer And The Holocaust!”
Melodrama: a play, film, etc, characterized by extravagant action and emotion. See also: The Mighty Thor.
If you thought Thor was dramatic before, I only have one thing to tell you: it gets worse. By worse, I mean in a totally awesome melodramatic way because you KNOW it just has to go down like that. The emo is so thick in this issue that I might just have to take a trip to Hot Topic just to gear up appropriately.
There is no summary this time from the mighty minds behind this marvel. Even they were surprised at just how this story arc has turned out. So it’s up to me to recap: Thor and Hercules duked it out over Jane, which then turned into a godling pissing match over who was more awesome. Meanwhile, back in Asgard, Odin kept watch, reserving his final judgment for the WORST possible time, and even then, chickening out and giving his power to Seidring to do his dirty work for him. Said dirty work being the halving of Thor’s powers, again, right at the most inopportune moment, causing him to lose his fight against Herc. Woe! A broken, bitter shell of a man, reduced to ridicule and disfavor, our hero limped off into the sunset to write bad poetry in his emo diary, while Jane lamented, until Odin piped up and told her to go after Thor. What a twist!
We are IMMEDIATELY plunged into the icy waters of emo when Harlot!Jane catches up to Emo!Thor:
Harlot!Jane tries to convince him that it was all a big misunderstanding, that he’s still her love, that she will never forsake him:
Tired of her pestering (a little too late, might I add, Jane) our hero tries to flee, attempting to get away and lick his wounds somewhere that no one can find him:
Cue epic E!T flounce in 3….2…
Clingy!Jane’s pleading is interrupted by a completely random accident caused by a man “darting” into “traffic” and just getting “mowed down” by a car. Instantly seeing that someone else of the male species needs her, she runs over to assist:
Meanwhile, we focus on a set in Hollywood in Stardust Studios, where preparations are being made to accommodate the arrival of their newest star: Hercules. There are swoops and swirls of color everywhere, and one of the workers remarks that the director must “think he’s some kinda god or something” with the outlandishness of the decor. As the disparaging remarks continue back and forth, they get a sudden visit:
It would appear that Prissy!Pluto has some “changes” in mind to overthrow the status quo:
Meanwhile, Emo!Thor, stifled all to hell by the city, decides he needs to go somewhere more open to think about what he’s going to do with this halved power of his. Does he use what remaining power he has for good? Or does he ditch the Thunder God routine entirely?
Back in Asgard, Daddy!Odin is wracked with regret, questioning why he had to be so mean. In the background, as initially predicted, Super!Seidring stares at his hand…
Cue the internal evil monologue (because NO ONE TOTALLY SAW THIS COMING A MILE AWAY):
It’s obvious to everyone but Odin that the Allfather has completely forgotten about giving his Odin Power to Seidring, so when he orders him to help, Odin gets a less than favorable response:
Outraged!Odin tells Seidring to do his worst, so he does, blasting Odin with a bolt of his newly acquired awesomeness. Outraged!Odin finds himself somewhat surprised that it hits him as hard as it does:
Balder, having heard the blast, rushes in, armed to the teeth, prepared to fight for his liege, only to be stopped by Awesome!Seidring.
And what of Emo!Thor, you may be asking? Well, let’s check in and see:
Our hero stumbles across Good ol’ Heimdall, guardian of the bridge, and is shocked to discover him encased in a block of “ethereal force”. Heimdall warns him away and, as expected, Thor decides to completely disregard his warning, whooshing past and heading straight for Odin’s throne room. Along the way, he realizes that something must be seriously wrong because everyone seems bound by the same ethereal force as Heimdall:
Making it into the heart of the city, he finds Balder frozen in place on his horse, and starts to woe out loud about what could’ve happened to Daddy!Odin, when suddenly he’s surrounded by a ring of fire. Seidring tells him all about how Odin’s lost the universe, and how he was the one who stripped Thor of his power. Naturally, he propositions the Thunder God:
Back in Hollywood, because, y’know, we’re ALL dying to find out what Pluto is doing, it would appear that the god of the Netherworld is entertaining guests:
She’s been called in to make Hercules fall in love with her, but she’s only one piece of the plan. The other piece?
But enough about them, let’s go back to Asgard, because it’s MUCH more fascinating to watch Emo!Thor square off against Super!Seidring:
Seidring decides that the best way to accomplish his goal? Throw some planets at Thor.
And, as expected, our hero is a few steps ahead, swerving out of the way to let the planetoids crash into each other without harming him. Oh, but Seidring’s just getting started:
Thor finds himself being sucked into a “globular substance” that turns out to be liquified wolfsbane. An interesting choice, to be sure, and one that Seidring is most proud of:
All that struggling within the globule pays off, as the thing pops and spills Trapped!Thor onto the floor, much to the irritation of Seidring:
Our hero starts smashing things up, hurling them at his foe, and Seidring flicks a finger to surround himself with an impenetrable shield. What to do, what to do? Oh hey! I know!
Thor runs away, but Seidring has absorbed the creepy eye power from Odin, so finding the errant Thunder God isn’t exactly difficult:
But it would appear that Thor has something up his tunic, because he’s not just running away to run away. No. He’s heading right for the GIANT ODIN SWORD:
Seidring freaks out, zapping Thor with a carefully aimed bolt of electricity because EVERYONE in Asgard knows that the Odin Sword, if it should fall, will cause the cosmos itself to vanish. Despite his best efforts, however, Seidring is unable to stop Determined!Thor from reaching his goal:
Thor delivers an ultimatum: Give the power back to Odin or he’s totally going to drop the sword. The seconds tick by as Seidring weighs his options, but Thor forces his hand:
Odin appears, once Seidring returns the power, and he tells Seidring to scram. He does, with haste, and Odin makes sure he knows that he’s going to be dealt with later. But for now? It’s all about Thor. YAY!
Daddy!Odin realizes that he has REALLY messed up this time, and in one of the most touching panels I’ve seen yet, he gathers his unconscious son into his arms and carries him off:
In the next issue, we find out what the hell is going on with Pluto and Herc, but in the meantime (from Tales of Asgard):
~Go Team Thor!