The Devourer King
Part Two – Lightning and Hunger
Thor now a Herald of Galactus has a vision of a black winter that destroyed a previous universe. Thor leads Galactus to one of the five enchanted planets, Clypse. Inhabited, Thor tells Galactus that he should move on to one of the other planets. He doesn’t care. He needs all the planets if he’s going to survive the black winter. Thor refuses to allow him to consume the planet. Galactus knocks Thor out of orbit, sending him crashing into Clypse. Mjolnir continues to increase in weight, but Thor can still manage to wield it. He throws it at Galactus, blowing off several of his fingers. Enraged, Galactus tells him that Thor “exist solely by the grace he was given.” Thor retorts that he only serves Asgard. Mjolnir then rips through the left knee of Galactus.
Thor is then assaulted by the indigenous species of Clypse. Using sticks, axes and boulders they surround Thor overwhelming him. Galactus take advantage of this interference, deploying his Elemental Converter. He begins consuming the planet. Hugin and Munin are sent to Asgard so Thor may speak through them. He tells Sif to use the Bifrost to save the citizens of Clypse. Thor promises the leaders of Clypse that he will give them “refuge until such time as he can replenish their world of the energy Galactus is going to drain.” However, Galactus shows no restraint and destroys the planet. Now embedded with more power than ever, Galactus attempts to kill Thor. However, Thor is hit in the face by Stormbreaker and Galactus is hit with a barrage of missiles. Beta Ray Bill accompanied by a warship, asks Thor to step aside while he “talk” to Galactus.
This issue continues to impress. I like that the second issue quickly moved to Thor being the Herald. This issue generally revolves around how Thor will handle the likely genocide that will result from Galactus feeding. This is a common theme that often revolves around Galactus. Both Thor and Galactus seem to be too willing to kill each other, considering the stakes. They both need each other. Beta Ray Bill further complicates this dynamic. I predict that Thor will have to fight Bill but once he explains the danger they will work together.