Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Comics Review: Mighty Thor #196

Written By Gerry Conway
Pencils By John Buscema
Inks By Vince Colletta

Found some of these old issues of Thor and decided to give them a review. This is a real treat because these next few issues of the Mighty Thor are from the Bronze age of Marvel comics. Which I always felt was the most creative time for Marvel. (I’m looking at you early 2000’s.) Anyway Thor and the Warriors Three have been sent by Odin to find the Well at the Edge of the World. Thor and Crew run into a woman named Satrina. (Boy, with a name like that, how could you NOT trust her.)

Satrina invites the Asgardians into her home. Then hits them with a sleeping gas. I’ll be the first to admit it is kind of funny to see a god taken down by gas. (I’ll smite you with my hamm…oh no! Pollen!) Back on Asgard Odin is fighting the Mangog. Mangog is a collection of an alien race that Odin sent off to space and die. But they came back to bite him in his bearded ass. Mamgog is the spirits of that alien race intent on killing Odin and all he loves. You gotta hand it to Odin, when he screws up it sure is a HUGE one.

A bunch of Asgardian’s are killed by Mangog before he and Odin start to tussle. Yes, I said tussle. Back to the trouble of the God of Thunder. He awakes from his sleep to see the Warriors Three just hanging out with a group of ladies and getting drunk. Thor knows this is all Satrina’s doing so he flips out and starts to swing his hammer. Turns out the girls the guys were having a blast with were some crazy looking aliens things. A donnybrook happens then Thor says they’ve wasted too much time playing games. While the story was a little hard to follow the art was great. It was really fun to just look at the drawings by Big John Buscema. This was just as good as his Conan work. You can really tell he enjoyed doing the art for this book.

Thor and crew find the Well. But then yet again they run into Satrina. Turns out she works for the guy who owns the Well. This angry looking dude named Kartag the Keeper. What does he want to keep? Well, for one he wants to keep long haired hippies like Thor the hell away from his damn Well. Come back in a few days (if I’m not that lazy) to find out about the mystery of the Well.

-Tash Moore

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