THOR #272-278 (1978)

Roy Thomas and John Buscema return to Thor, replacing the Wein/Simonson team.  What we get is a sprawling epic that starts on Midgard.  It could have been really interesting—the thread that holds it together is a reporter doing a documentary on Asgard, who actually shoots footage there.  Unfortunatley, it’s written by Roy Thomas so…It’s just very text-and-exposition-heavy and never really feels consequential.  There’s a lot of talk of Ragnarok, but it never really amounts to being Ragnarok.

Oh, and a dude named Norvell uses magic to lift Thor’s hammer and hit Thor with hit.

It ends with a trial for Loki, who has a lot to do with it, but they don’t seem to explain how Loki got his powers back after Odin banished him.  Or, if they do explain it, I just didn’t have the patience for Roy Thomas’ writing.

The art is great though.

Creators: Roy Thomas and John Buscema
Grade: C-.  Elevated from D by the art.
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