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Walt Simonson Visionaries Thor Vol 1 3

Appearing in "Into the Valley of Death!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #360

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Synopsis for "Into the Valley of Death!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #360

The Asgardians have finally returned home, only to discover that the All-Father is gone. Thor is determined to free the mortal souls trapped in Hel and summons Angerboda to learn the way to Hel. She tells him that the entrance is found in the shadow of the Hel-Hound Garm. She says nine days' ride will then bring them to the river Gjoll, and the bridge Gjallerbru, guarded by Modgud, and beyond the bridge lies the Helgate. That night, Thor, Balder, the Executioner, and the Einherjar ride for Hel.

Appearing in "The Quick and the Dead!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #361

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Synopsis for "The Quick and the Dead!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #361

Thor and his warriors travel into Hel to free the mortal souls trapped there. When they arrive, they find an idyllic paradise, with their loved ones all around, leading them off. But when Thor sees Sif and she speaks words of love, he knows the truth, that they are leading the Einherjar to their deaths. The image of Sif changes to that of Hela herself. Thor challenges Hela to combat, if he wins they all go free, if she wins, Thor is hers forever. During their bout, Hela slashes Thor's face to ribbons. Thor is writhing in agony but manages one last feat, tearing Hela's cloak from her. Thor has discovered her secret, her cloak is the key to her power, without it, she is a half-decayed corpse with no power at all. Hela relents and Thor begins to lead them all out of Hel.

Appearing in "Like a Bat Out of Hel!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #362

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Synopsis for "Like a Bat Out of Hel!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #362

As Thor and his group are making their way out of Hel, they come across Naglfar. when Hela attacks them and Mordonna stands revealed, an enraged Skurge destroys the ship with his Bloodaxe. As the group race for the Helgate, the demons of Hel rise up to stop them. The Einherjar used the M-16 rifles given to them by the mortals and drive the demons back. Hela calls forth all the dead that have been slain. The Einherjar force their way through and make for Gjallerbru. Thor plans to hold the demon horde while the others escape, but he is struck from behind by Skurge. Skurge tells Balder that he has no reason to return, so he will hold the bridge. Skurge keeps his word and not one demon sets foot upon the bridge. Bitter, Thor defeats Garm easily and the way is clear.

Quote1 And though the Executioner stands alone, and the warriors of Hel seem numberless, not one sets foot upon the bridge across the river Gjoll. They sing no songs in Hel... nor do they celebrate heroes... for silent is that dismal realm and cheerless... but the story of the Gjallerbru and the god who defended it is whispered across the Nine Worlds. And when a new arrival asks about the one to whom even Hela bows her head... the answer is always the same... he stood alone at Gjallerbru... and that answer is enough. Quote2




Appearing in "This Kursed Earth"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #363

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Synopsis for "This Kursed Earth"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #363

Secret Wars II continues from Micronauts Vol 2 #16. This story continues from last issue and Power Pack #18...

Kurse (Algrim the Elf, resurrected by the Beyonder) has been defeated in combat against the Power Pack[2]. Buried under tons of rubble from a collapsed building, the powerful creature may be defeated but he is far from dead. Recalling his battle with Beta Ray Bill[3] and the Power children causes the creature to stir and break free from his environment to continue seeking out his mortal enemy Thor. Meanwhile, Thor has returned to Manhattan from Asgard with the souls that were stolen by Malekith[4] and uses the power of Mjolnir to send them back to their mortal bodies. Thor grimly thinks back to how his face was recently scarred by Hela during his latest trials[5] while parking his chariot in a nearby alley so that he can find solitude in the city. Walking out of the alley, Thor is begged for change by some of the city homeless. When they are complaining about him not having any, Thor angrily yells at them as he had saved their lives countless times in the past and frightens them off by showing them his facial scars. The incident deeply upsets Thor, and he wonders if it is finally time for him to swear off Midgard and return to home for good.

As Kurse resumes his rampage, the Power Pack have sneaked out of their parents home and brought Tattletale from Avengers Mansion so that they can search for others that were hurt during Kurse's rampage earlier that day. They come across Beta Ray Bill, who is just reviving from his fight against Kurse. When they check to see if he is okay, they learn that they have a mutual enemy and that he has not been vanquished. Telling the Power Pack that Thor has returned to Earth, Lightspeed flies off to locate him so that she can warn him of Kurse while the others search for the rampaging monster.

Meanwhile, on Asgard, Loki begins another new plot against his brother Thor. Once more using his cosmic transmuter, he fires a powerful mystical blast to Earth, striking a woman ironing her clothes in Manhattan. On Earth, this beam of energy streaks past the oceanic base of the Beyonder who is intrigued by it. Using his powers, he learns that it is meant for Thor. Taking his monitoring devices to look at the Thunder God, the Beyonder is surprised to see that Kurse has just found the pondering, god. Although he no longer is interested in the battle's outcome, the Beyonder decides to see his previous experiment through to the end anyway and watches as Kurse and Thor battle it out. As Thor defends himself from Kurse, he realizes he's battle Algrim. Upon mentioning Algrim's name, causes Kurse to go into another berserker rage and renew his attack. Back on Asgard, Rolfe and Flosi are playing games with their younger sister Hilde. They chase her into the wild area. There they stumble upon Suturs sword[6] and see a giant device siphoning energy from it. Believing this could be trouble, the three children run back to the city to warn Heimdall.

The battle against Kurse is not fairing well for Thor at his usual strength. Realizing more power is needed he rushes back to his chariot where he recovers his Belt of Strength and puts it own. Even with his enhanced strength, he finds that Kurse is able to still match his abilities. The Beyonder at this point has appeared over the battle and finds Thor's resolve and code of honor interesting. Curious, the Beyonder sees what would happen by increasing Kurse's powers even more. Thor is easily trounced but does not give up, making the Beyonder wonder what sort of desire keep Thor fighting against impossible odds. He is even more confused when Beta Ray Bill and the Power Pack arrive to help him out, considering Thor has no idea who the Power children are.

The children lend Thor a hand and in the course of the battle, Kurse realizes that his true enemy, the one responsible for his current state is in reality Malekith. Although Kurse realizes who his true foe is, Thor comes to the decision that such unchecked rage would be a danger and works with the Power children to defeat Kurse. They get Energizer to use her powers on Mjolnir and Storm-Bringer, even though it will at least weaken -- if not destroy -- Thor and Beta Ray Bill's weapons. Katie absorbs as much power as she can handle and when it becomes too painful she fires a bolt of energy that knocks Kurse out.

With the battle over, the Beyonder makes his presence known and takes away the extra power he gave Kurse. He is about to destroy the creature when Thor tells him not to, that Kurse could be better use helping end Malekith's tyranny and so the Beyonder sends the creature back to Asgard. When Franklin tells the other members of the Power Pack that the Beyonder was responsible for creating Kurse the children become upset -- feeling betrayed that the Beyonder was responsible for creating the creature that injured their mother. When Katie lashes out at him, the Beyonder tells the children that he realizes that there the only thing that makes the difference between good and evil is a choice. Seeing the consequences of being evil, the Beyonder decides that he will do only good and uses his powers to restore Mjolnir and Storm Bringer to their full power again before teleporting off. The Power children are upset that the Beyonder left before he could help their mother and are taken home by Beta Ray Bill.

Weary from the battle, Thor decides to return to Asgard after all, but before he can the woman transmuted by Loki approaches him and kisses Thor. There is a flash of energy leaving the woman with no memory of what she has done, unaware that she has succeed in carrying out Loki's current scheme: turning Thor into a frog!

This story is continued next issue...

Secret Wars II continues in Power Man and Iron Fist #121...

Secret Wars II
Secret Wars II #1 New Mutants #30 Captain America #308 Uncanny X-Men #196 Iron Man #197 Secret Wars II #2 Web of Spider-Man #6 Amazing Spider-Man #268 Fantastic Four #282 Secret Wars II #3 Daredevil #223 Incredible Hulk #312 Avengers #260 Secret Wars II #4 Dazzler #40 Alpha Flight #28 Rom #72 Avengers #261 Secret Wars II #5 Thing #30 Doctor Strange Vol 2 #74 Fantastic Four #285 Secret Wars II #6 Cloak and Dagger Vol 2 #4 Power Pack #18 Micronauts Vol 2 #16 Thor #363 Power Man and Iron Fist #121 Secret Wars II #7 New Mutants #36 Amazing Spider-Man #273 Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #111 Uncanny X-Men #202 Defenders #152 Secret Wars II #8 New Mutants #37 Amazing Spider-Man #274 Avengers #265 Uncanny X-Men #203 Fantastic Four #288 Secret Wars II #9 Avengers #266


Appearing in "Thor Croaks!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #364

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Synopsis for "Thor Croaks!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #364

As the time of the Althing draws near, the Asgardians wonder where Thor is. He's on Earth having been transformed into a frog. But he is still a warrior born, so when a rat attacks him, he easily fights it off. Thor befriends Puddlegulp, who leads him to meet the King Glugwort. Hildy and the other kids discover Twilight, and that Loki is up to something involving it. Thor and Puddlegulp arrive in time to drive off Ratso and some others, but not in time to save the king. The other frogs convince Thor to help them against the rats, and Thor already has a plan. In Asgard, the children tell Heimdall of Twilight, and he suspects Loki of even more deviousness. At the Althing, the Grand Thane calls for the sons of Odin to step forward. Loki is there promptly, laughing to himself about Thor's absence until the Thunder God steps forward as well. Thor's plan to find the alligators in the sewers is successful, except for the presence of the Piper, who promptly takes control of Thor's amphibian body.

Appearing in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, or, It's Not Easy Being Green"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #365

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Synopsis for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, or, It's Not Easy Being Green"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #365

Thor as a Thunder Frog

Thor the Thunder Frog

To aid the frogs in Thor's battle with the rats, Thor leads the alligators to the surface. Back in Asgard, Loki is suspicious of the Thor that has appeared at the Althing and follows him and Heimdall back to Heimdall's home. The alligators make short work of the rats, and in Asgard Loki discovers that the false Thor is really Harokin. As Thor leaves the frogs, Puddlegulp stops him and tells Thor is secret. Thor returns to the alley and lifts Mjolnir - transforming in a Thunder Frog.

Appearing in "Sir!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #366

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Synopsis for "Sir!"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #366

Frog Thor returns to Asgard. Volstagg takes Gunnhild, who has been getting sick, in search of Twilight. At the Althing, Loki grabs the false Mjolnir and hurls it, convincing everyone that he is worthy. Just then, Frog Thor swoops in and grabs Loki. Loki tries to stop him by turning Thor into more of a frog, but his just takes away Thor's reason, and he attacks harder. Volstagg discovers the enormous machine draining power from Twilight. He gets dizzy and accidentally causes an avalanche, burying both machine and sword. With the machine destroyed, Hildy's illness is gone and Thor transforms back to his normal self. When the rest of the Asgardians ride up, Loki tries to salvage the situation. But when Thor tosses him Mjolnir, causing him to fall over, Loki's plans fall apart. Thor then announces that he will not take the throne, but instead says that honor should fall to Balder.

Appearing in "The Harvest of the Seasons"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #367

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Synopsis for "The Harvest of the Seasons"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #367

Balder leaves Karnilla after learning of his coronation. Lorelei, still in love with Loki, enrages him. But she is comforted by Malekith, who has a plan himself. At a construction site, Malekith is captured and put in the Prison of No Escape. Balder arrives in Asgard, greeted by cheers. Heimdall goes to ask Amora if he can escort her to the coronation but discovers that she was unaware of Skurge's fate. In the Prison, Malekith is bound in mystic irons preventing his escape, when a figure crashes through the wall and begins to pummel him. At the coronation, Kurse crashes through the crowd and before anyone can do anything, he grabs Balder and snaps his neck.

Appearing in "The Eye of the Beholder"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #368

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Synopsis for "The Eye of the Beholder"Edit

Reprinted from Thor #368

Thor discovers that the Balder that was killed was really Malekith in disguise, and that it was Loki they placed in the dungeon. Thor and the Warriors Three ride for Nornheim to try to find Balder. They come to branches in the road and split up. On Earth, Thatcher gets out of prison. In Asgard, Thor meets an old woman who tells him of three maidens held captive by Slaggnbir. Meanwhile, Loki is back at his castle and wants to know what happened to Balder as well. Looking into the past, he sees Balder meet the same old woman Thor just met. Balder rode for the castle, slayed Slaggnbir, and freed the maidens, who were overcome with gratitude. They proceeded to bewitch him, making him forget who he was. They told him his name was Annar, and they were his lovers. In the present, Thor enters the same castle and is greeted by the same three maidens.

Appearing in "For Whom the Belles Troll..."Edit

Reprinted from Thor #369

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Synopsis for "For Whom the Belles Troll..."Edit

Reprinted from Thor #369

Troll Hags

Thor & Balder face the Troll Hags

Thor does not succumb to the sorcery, and the three maidens call for Annar to protect them. Thor realizes that Annar is really Balder and frees him from their spell. Thor then reveals the true identities of the maidens as Troll Hags. Balder stuns them with his light power and Thor destroys the floor, sending them to their death. On Earth, Thug goes to see Ruby and discovers that she doesn't remember him. One more thing to take revenge on Thor for. As Thor and Balder go to leave, they come across Granny, who tells them that she was their victim as well. Thor breaks the spell and goes to embrace him, when Balder breaks the final spell, revealing her to be a Troll Mother Uglitha. While Balder distracts her with his light, Thor brings the floating castle down upon her. They then ride for Asgard, and to finally have that drink to Skurge.



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Footnotes

  1. A homeless man that bothered Thor for some spare change.
  2. Power Pack #18
  3. Secret Wars II #6
  4. Thor #362
  5. Thor #361
  6. Thor #353
  7. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks