- Thou were once an enemy of Malekith, Kurse! Mayhap a fierce thrashing will sever the treacherous elf's sorcerous control of thee!
- -- Thor
Appearing in "Forever Kursed"
- The Warriors Three
- Beta Ray Bill
- Odin (In the Odinsleep)
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Synopsis for "Forever Kursed"
Malekith has encased all of Asgard in ice, and Kurse is now his servant. Thor manages to free himself from Kurse, while Sif engages Malekith himself. Thor goes to find the Gem of Infinite Suns, which has the power to free them all, and has Sif lead Malekith away. In Odin's bedchamber, Thor opens Odin's treasures and retrieves the gem. Using its power, Thor destroys Pentigaar, and then frees Asgard from its icy tomb. Thor then slams the gem into the face of Kurse, freeing him from Malekith's spell, and uses its power to close the Cask of Ancient Winters. Thor takes the gem and wraps it around the cask, then sends them both away to an unknown dimension. Before Thor is about to smite Malekith, Sif intervenes and claims that right for stealing a kiss from her. Thor and Bill then return to Jake Olson's apartment in Soho, and just after changing into Jake, they are greeted by Jake's mother.
Appearing in "To Become an Immortal!"
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Synopsis for "To Become an Immortal!"
Following their encounter with the High Evolutionary, Thor explains to Jane Foster that Odin has consented that they can be wed and that he is going to take her to Asgard. When transporting Jane to Asgard she is almost overwhelmed by the teleportation process and even more so when they materialize on the Bifrost Bridge just as a warrior party is returning home with a Troll as their prisoner.
After an encounter with Heimdall (which further startles Jane), Thor takes his love to meet Odin. The encounter has Jane completely in awe. Odin, in honour of Thor and Jane's impending marriage, uses his powers to transform Jane into a god just like they are. As well as being imbued with immortality, Jane also learns that she can fly, however she lacks the necessary skill to stay aloft and Thor must come to her rescue.
As a final test of her worth, Jane is locked in a room to face the Unknown to see if she has the courage to be among the gods. However, Jane is horrified by the creature and cowers away from it in utter fear, forcing Thor to come to her rescue and fight the monster off. Finding everything too much, Jane demands to be changed back to normal and return to her normal life with no memory of Asgard. Odin complies with her wish, in spite of Thor's protests, and Jane is shunted back to Earth.
When Thor continues to protest Odin's decision, the All-Father exerts his will upon his son who ultimately accepts Jane's fate. Odin then sends Thor to the realm of Gundershelm to protect the Glade of Crystals from attack. Thor is transported there where he defends the Glade from an attack by Trolls, while back on Earth, Jane Foster suddenly appears in a hospital.
She has been restored to human form, and has no memory what happened in Asgard, however Odin had manipulated events so that Jane would soon be hired on as a nurse for Dr. Kincaid, whom Jane instantly finds attractive.
As Thor finishes his battle with the Trolls he is confronted by Sif, his old lover from ages ago. The two instantly reconnect and their old romance once more begins to flourish. Watching this Odin feels satisfied that his son has once more found love.
Appearing in "The Day the Thunder Failed!"
- Utgard (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Logi (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Hugi (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Elli (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Midgard Serpent (Jormungand) (Only in flashback)
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Synopsis for "The Day the Thunder Failed!"
Flying overhead, Thor sees a bully picking on a smaller child. After having run the bully off, Thor tells the children of the time he was bested in contests by Utgard. Utgard disguised himself as Skrymir, and led Thor and Loki into his castle Utgardhall in Jotunheim. There, he challenged the gods to a series of contests. Loki fought against Logi in an eating contest, and lost after Logi consumed not only the food but the plates, and table as well. Loki then is challenged to a footrace by Hugi, but loses before he even starts. Thor then accepts the challenge of emptying a drinking horn, but fails there, as the horn is just as full as when he started. Utgard then challenges Thor to lift a cat off the floor, but he is only able to barely get one paw up. The final challenge is for Thor to best an old woman, Elli, in a contest, but he completely fails at that as well. After they have been completely bested, Utgard reveals that they have been tricked, as Logi is really fire, Hugi is really thought, Elli is really the personification of old age, and the cat was in reality Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent. After his tale, Harris Hobbs tells Thor that he's going to shoot a documentary on location in Asgard.
Appearing in "This Kursed Earth"
- Beta Ray Bill
- Power Pack
- Malekith (Only in flashback)
- Unnamed homeless
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- Dark Elves (Main story and flashback)
- Frost Giants
Synopsis for "This Kursed Earth"
Kurse (Algrim the Elf, resurrected by the Beyonder) has been defeated in combat against the Power Pack. Buried under tons of rubble from a collapsed building, the powerful creature may be defeated but he is far from dead. Recalling his battle with Beta Ray Bill and the Power children causes the creature to stir and break free from his environment to continue seeking out his mortal enemy Thor. Meanwhile, Thor has returned to Manhattan from Asgard with the souls that were stolen by Malekith and uses the power of Mjolnir to send them back to their mortal bodies. Thor grimly thinks back to how his face was recently scarred by Hela during his latest trials while parking his chariot in a nearby alley so that he can find solitude in the city. Walking out of the alley, Thor is begged for change by some of the city homeless. When they are complaining about him not having any, Thor angrily yells at them as he had saved their lives countless times in the past and frightens them off by showing them his facial scars. The incident deeply upsets Thor, and he wonders if it is finally time for him to swear off Midgard and return to home for good.
As Kurse resumes his rampage, the Power Pack have sneaked out of their parents home and brought Tattletale from Avengers Mansion so that they can search for others that were hurt during Kurse's rampage earlier that day. They come across Beta Ray Bill, who is just reviving from his fight against Kurse. When they check to see if he is okay, they learn that they have a mutual enemy and that he has not been vanquished. Telling the Power Pack that Thor has returned to Earth, Lightspeed flies off to locate him so that she can warn him of Kurse while the others search for the rampaging monster.
Meanwhile, on Asgard, Loki begins another new plot against his brother Thor. Once more using his cosmic transmuter, he fires a powerful mystical blast to Earth, striking a woman ironing her clothes in Manhattan. On Earth, this beam of energy streaks past the oceanic base of the Beyonder who is intrigued by it. Using his powers, he learns that it is meant for Thor. Taking his monitoring devices to look at the Thunder God, the Beyonder is surprised to see that Kurse has just found the pondering, god. Although he no longer is interested in the battle's outcome, the Beyonder decides to see his previous experiment through to the end anyway and watches as Kurse and Thor battle it out. As Thor defends himself from Kurse, he realizes he's battle Algrim. Upon mentioning Algrim's name, causes Kurse to go into another berserker rage and renew his attack. Back on Asgard, Rolfe and Flosi are playing games with their younger sister Hilde. They chase her into the wild area. There they stumble upon Suturs sword and see a giant device siphoning energy from it. Believing this could be trouble, the three children run back to the city to warn Heimdall.
The battle against Kurse is not fairing well for Thor at his usual strength. Realizing more power is needed he rushes back to his chariot where he recovers his Belt of Strength and puts it own. Even with his enhanced strength, he finds that Kurse is able to still match his abilities. The Beyonder at this point has appeared over the battle and finds Thor's resolve and code of honor interesting. Curious, the Beyonder sees what would happen by increasing Kurse's powers even more. Thor is easily trounced but does not give up, making the Beyonder wonder what sort of desire keep Thor fighting against impossible odds. He is even more confused when Beta Ray Bill and the Power Pack arrive to help him out, considering Thor has no idea who the Power children are.
The children lend Thor a hand and in the course of the battle, Kurse realizes that his true enemy, the one responsible for his current state is in reality Malekith. Although Kurse realizes who his true foe is, Thor comes to the decision that such unchecked rage would be a danger and works with the Power children to defeat Kurse. They get Energizer to use her powers on Mjolnir and Storm-Bringer, even though it will at least weaken -- if not destroy -- Thor and Beta Ray Bill's weapons. Katie absorbs as much power as she can handle and when it becomes too painful she fires a bolt of energy that knocks Kurse out.
With the battle over, the Beyonder makes his presence known and takes away the extra power he gave Kurse. He is about to destroy the creature when Thor tells him not to, that Kurse could be better use helping end Malekith's tyranny and so the Beyonder sends the creature back to Asgard. When Franklin tells the other members of the Power Pack that the Beyonder was responsible for creating Kurse the children become upset -- feeling betrayed that the Beyonder was responsible for creating the creature that injured their mother. When Katie lashes out at him, the Beyonder tells the children that he realizes that there the only thing that makes the difference between good and evil is a choice. Seeing the consequences of being evil, the Beyonder decides that he will do only good and uses his powers to restore Mjolnir and Storm Bringer to their full power again before teleporting off. The Power children are upset that the Beyonder left before he could help their mother and are taken home by Beta Ray Bill.
Weary from the battle, Thor decides to return to Asgard after all, but before he can the woman transmuted by Loki approaches him and kisses Thor. There is a flash of energy leaving the woman with no memory of what she has done, unaware that she has succeed in carrying out Loki's current scheme: turning Thor into a frog!
This story is continued next issue...
Secret Wars II continues in Power Man and Iron Fist #121...
Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: The Meaning of Ragnarok!"
- Midgard Serpent (Jormungand) (Vision) (First appearance)
- Heimdall (Vision)
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- Ragnarök (Vision)
Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: The Meaning of Ragnarok!"
Continued from last issue...
Odin has summoned Thor and his crew back to Asgard to prepare for the coming of Ragnarok. In order for his people to properly understand what is to come, Odin has the prophet known as Volla reveal her prophesies of the coming cataclysm:
She speaks of a coming blizzard, and how the people of Asgard would become savage and battle one another, and how Loki amass an army of trolls and demons to attack Asgard. This battle would lead to the destruction of the Bifrost Bridge, and a massive battle in Asgard between an army led by Thor, and the opposing forces of Loki and his minions.
So fierce would be this battle that all of Asgard would crumble, and the end would be marked by the coming of the Midgard Serpent, rising from the depths to consume all that is left.
This story is continued next issue....
Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Aftermath!"
- Volla (Referenced)
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- Ragnarök (Vision)
Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Aftermath!"
Odin continues telling Thor, Balder, Loki, and the Warriors Three of the prophesies of Volla about the coming of Ragnarok. According to Volla's visions Loki would stage a revolt against Asgard which would lead to a great war that would destroy their entire kingdom. In the end the Midgard Serpent would destroy Asgard, leaving nothing but a ruined wasteland. Following this, Surtur the Fire God would rise from his realm and set the realm of Asgard ablaze. However in spite of all this destruction, life would soon restart itself in Asgard, with the restoration of life and eventual advancement to it's former state.
With his story finish, Odin asks all gathered what they think about the visions. Loki, defiant as ever, speaks out telling Odin that he doesn't believe the old womans claims and that they are foolish. Odin, however, believes every word and reiterates the fact that Loki will be the cause of Ragnarok.
- Also includes reprints of Thor #136, Thor #272, Thor #363, and the Tales of Asgard backup stories from Thor #127 and Thor #128.
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