THOR #391 (1988)

Pretty basic story: Thor is back on Earth as Sigurd Jarlson, construction worker.

The issue is only significant because it is the first appearance of Eric Masterson, who later will become Thunderstrike (essentially a Thor wannabe).

Then Mongoose attacks.

Spider-Man happens by and the two of them foil Mongoose’s plans.

But it does take the two of them an unreasonable amount of effort to take down a guy like this.

And he escapes by breaking the foundation of the building Sigurd was working on, forcing Thor to hold it up while Spider-Man shores up the foundation again.

Mongoose’s plans are unclear. Mongoose refers to being employed by someone, but it’s not clear who, and that mystery employer wanted him to target Thor, but that’s not clear why either.

We also get a glimpse of Asgard, where Balder, Hogun et al. are trying to rebuild the Rainbow Bridge so Thor can be returned to Asgard.

Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz also worked on Spider-Man together, so it makes sense they bring him in. Also, they’re trying to make sure that all the readers and goodwill built up when Walt Simonson was on this book doesn’t get lost. Remember, when Walt took over Thor, it was about to be cancelled.

Creators: Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz
Grade: C

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