- Who speaks of causes that are lost? Who thinks Thor would falter? A man may fight, though hope be dim-- a god will fight when hope be gone!
- -- Thor
Appearing in "The End of Infinity!"
- Dr. Brunner
Synopsis for "The End of Infinity!"
Continued from last issue...
As Odin fights for Infinity, the assembled warriors of Asgard fear for the worse as Infinity continues to absorb the universe into his World Beyond. The Odinsword continues it's slow progression out of it's scabbard, and chaos erupts all over Earth and the unknown universe, including Asgard as Trolls and Giants storm the gates of the great kingdom. Balder and the Warriors Three go out to defend their home while Thor tells Sif the origins of Infinity:
Thor recounts the time that Loki had sent Odin's body to the Sea of Eternal Sleep during a time that Loki briefly usurped control of Asgard. During this time Hela appeared before Odin and attempted to take his soul, however was only able to take a portion of it. Allowing Balder to rescue Odin during this time, Hela would then fashion this stolen portion -- which she dubbed Infinity -- into the being that it is now known as in the hopes of taking over the entire universe.
As the chaos continues, the heroes are told that Infinity hopes to merge with Odin, something that they cannot allow. In order to achieve this undisturbed Thor summons a powerful storm that sweeps away the attacking Trolls and Giants out of the kingdom. Loki and Karnilla channel their powers together to try and free Odin from Infinity's thrall however it is all for naught as Odin continues to be controlled by his evil doppelganger.
Regrouping at the Odinsword, they attempt another attempt at freeing Odin, charging Thor's hammer with Karnilla's magic, Thor rockets into the World Beyond and strikes both Odin and Infinity, separating them. This also snaps Odin out of Infinity's control, allowing the All-Father to regain his wits and destroy Infinity. Returning to Asgard, Odin is hailed by his people. He then grabs his Power Scepter and uses it's power to restore all the damage done across the universe and then pushes the Odinsword all the way back into it's scabbard.
Back on his throne, Odin tells all gathered that Odin's continued survival came at a price, that someone else would have to take his place in Hela's realm and that person would be Thor.
This story is continued next issue...
At last! The startling, staggering, mind-boggling secret of Infinity! One of Stan's greatest stories - Big John's greatest drawings - and another legend is born!
- Heimdall reports the Rainbow Bridge is destroyed this issue. However, Odin restores it at the end of the story.
- This issue contains a letters page, The Hammer Strikes. Letters are published from James A. Gagne, Steve Trout, Ginny Scott, C.K. Murray, Clay & Maurice Cates, Pat Morris, and John C. Purcell.
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