"The Thunder God and the Thug”
Journey into Mystery #89
Written by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber
Pencils by Jack Kirby
Inks by Dick Ayers
As is become standard now, every second issue of Journey into Mystery seems to pitting the Asgard God against silly little insignificant mortals who bring out the silliness in him. This time Lee and Lieber try to attach a more tangible threat to Thor, or more specifically Don Blake, by getting Jane Foster involved. It works to a certain extent, but never capitalised on and with Foster still unaware of Blake’s secret identity (even though everytime he changes into Thor, nobody seems to catch on—”where’s that lame doc?” is commonplace by now), nothing seems to be moving forward.
In addition to minor letdowns, we have major pitfalls, most of which come from the utilization of Thor’s contrived powers against Thug Thatcher (yeah, that’s his real name alright), specifically when Don Blake seemingly alarms Odin to his danger which prompts some sort of electric fire bolt or something to strike from Asgard to hit one of the mob. Like I say; silly, and so far Odin has been used well until now. Oh, but at least we get a look into Thor’s most overlooked power here—textiles. Yup. One continuously positive element to the book however is in Kirby’s art which by now is getting more adventurous each month. And during one of the few action sequences that pay off, Jack delivers this beauty of a shot.
If only the rest was as engaging as small moments like these.
MY SCORE: 2.5 (out of 10)