Appearing in "The World Beyond!"
- The Silent One (First appearance)
- Warriors Three (Cameo)
- 🢐 Galactus 🢒 (Cameo)
- Mangog (Cameo)
Synopsis for "The World Beyond!"
Thor returns to Asgard from Earth so that he might travel into the World Beyond for his father Odin, however he finds that he may have arrived too late. Thor rushes into the throne room to find Odin in utter despair. When Thor inquires about what's wrong, Odin has his Grand Vizier activate the Coals of the Cosmos to show him the World Beyond, and how it is growing rapidly, consuming the known universe as it grows. Odin explains that he sent the Warriors Three into the World Beyond and they failed to stop it. Odin also shows Thor that some of their old foes: Galactus, Mangog, and Loki are not responsible for this cataclysmic event either. To make matter worse, whatever is causing the event is also causing the Odinsword to slowly pull out of it's scabbard.
Finally, Odin explains that his mind is plagued by one word, the name of the being which rules the World Beyond: Infinity. When Thor notices a stranger in the chamber, Odin identifies him as "The Silent One" and that the Silent One has been allowed audience before Odin due to the fact that Odin believes that the Silent One holds the key to defeating Infinity. Thor attempts to get answers by force, but finds that he is unable to harm the Silent One.
Finally, Odin decides that he will venture into the World Beyond to seek answers. When Thor tries to convince Odin to let him go in his stead, Odin declines ordering Thor to remain in Asgard and protect the realm from anyone who might capitalize on Odin's absence. As Odin teleports on, the Silent One joins Odin and the two disappear to the World Beyond, leaving Thor to worry about his fathers fate, and that of the universe.
While elsewhere, in a realm for which he has been banished following his last battle with Thor, Loki notices Odin's departure from the realm and decides to usurp the throne once more. Teleporting to the land of the Frost Giants, Loki tells his brethren of Odin's departure and rallies them to attack Asgard.
When the Giants attack Asgard, they take Balder prisoner and Thor rushes into battle to save his friend. He is aided by the Lady Sif, however she is soon overwhelmed and Thor is forced to rescue her. Returning to battle, Thor also saves Balder, and sending the Storm Giants into retreat.
Returning to the palace, Thor and Sif have a brief romantic interlude, but they are interrupted when an astral image of Odin appears. It's an image of Odin in the World Beyond, and he has confronted Infinity, but it turns out that Infinity is too strong for Odin to battle. Before the outcome of the battle can be revealed the image disappears.
Fearing for his fathers fate, Thor realizes that he has no other choice but to venture into the World Beyond.
Certain to be the most talked-about saga of the season! You'll never forget the monstrous mystery of the World Beyond - or the supernatural Silent One!
- Bill Everett provided an uncredited art assist to story pages 2, 17-19.
- This issue contains a letters page, The Hammer Strikes. Letters are published from Bill Canley, Larry Rubinon, and Jim Haney.