Hela tries to claim Thor as dead, being cheated out of claiming Odin, and Loki, bitch that he is, tattletales. What we get next is a neat story of chase. Hela comes to Earth and makes short work of some street hoods-which is interesting. Until now, my understanding was that Hela was the Goddess of the Norse dead. But here she claims mortal souls-which, until now, I thought were the purview of Mephisto.
Marvel’s gotta work out its underworlds, eh?
Another nice touch: Odin has the power to prevent everyone, everywhere from dying. He does it to save Thor but in doing so he effectively kills Hela. As she is dying, Thor tells his father that he cannot allow Hela to die because that will unleash plagues on Earth (why? It’s not explained), so Odin tells his son he is proud of him and restores death.
And Thor dies.
But then Sif convinces Hela to restore Thor’s life, and he lives.
Fastest superhero death-and-return in history.
Creators: Stan Lee and John Buscema
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