Appearing in "The Lightning and the Flame"
- Loga (Cameo)
- Ixion (First appearance)
- Sisyphus (First appearance)
- Tantalus (First appearance)
- Tityus (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "The Lightning and the Flame"
Loki and Pluto chat again; despite Loki’s failure to kill Hercules using Typhon [in Avengers Annual #23], Pluto will uphold his end of their bargain and try to kill Thor. Pluto recruits the Asgardian fire-demon Hrinmeer to kill Thor on his behalf, and gives his Cerebus as a steed. Loki visits his wife Sigyn and asks her to spy on Odin for him, to ensure his role in the scheme remains unrevealed.
Elsewhere, Thor is helping the High Evolutionary with his new Godpack, when an unnatural tremors strikes, prompting him to investigate the tunnels beneath Mount Wundagore, where he is attacked by Cerebus and Hrinmeer. Thor batters them awhile until taking a blow from Hrinmeer’s sword soaked in Cerebus’s venom. He is about to deliver a fatal blow when Pluto appears to suggest that Hrinmeer kill him directly before Odin’s throne; this is because he wants him to slay Sigyn as well, as revenge against Loki. Unable to interfere directly, Loki uses his magic to awaken and free Thor. After fighting off Cerebus (who transforms into his humanoid form), Thor races to stop Hrinmeer from killing Loki’s wife, and after a fierce battle, defeats Hrinmeer.
Sigyn pleads with him not to reveal Loki’s participation in the plot; he feigns ignorance (or really is ignorant of it). Thor, self-exiled from Asgard in any case, flees the continent before his presence is revealed to Heimdall or Odin.
Appearing in "Estranged Relations"
- Mrs. Miller
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Synopsis for "Estranged Relations"
Contemplating the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, Thor saves a hiker from a rockslide. The boy has run away from home after a fight with his father, drawing Thor’s empathy, and when he expresses the wish to return home, Thor obliges. Unfortunately the boy’s father has died in his absence. Thor returns to the mountains, and has a portentous vision of Ragnarok and his father dying alone, and wonders if he should attempt reconciliation.
In this issue, Tom DeFalco is credited as "All-Father", a title that Odin had also used.
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