Cover of the 1st issue
|Publication date||September 2003 – January 2004|
|No. of issues||5|
|Main character(s)||Thor, Doctor Strange|
|Written by||Garth Ennis|
|Thor: Vikings||ISBN 978-0-7851-1175-7|
Thor: Vikings is a 5-issue comic book limited series published by MAX Comics, an imprint of Marvel Comics for adult audiences, in July – November 2003. Written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Glenn Fabry, the series follows Thor's adventures against a group of thousand-year-old zombie Vikings who attack New York City.
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The series is composed of five comics :
The comics are rated parental advisory/explicit content.
In 1003 AD, along the west coast of Norway, Lord Harald Jaekelsson and his Vikings raid the town of Lakstad. After raping the women and killing nearly all the villagers, they decide to leave for the New World. But the town's wise man, the last survivor, places a curse on them with the help of a runestone. He pleads with the gods that they never reach their destination. Harald takes a bow and shoots the wise man dead, and they sail on. They sail for 1000 years, until they finally land at the South Street Seaport in New York. They are not human any more; they are powerful zombies. They kill everyone they encounter, and are about to rape a woman when Thor shows up.
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises of the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.
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The South Street Seaport is a historic area in the New York City borough of Manhattan, centered where Fulton Street meets the East River, and adjacent to the Financial District. The Seaport is a designated historic district, and is distinct from the neighboring Financial District. It is part of Manhattan Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, and is bounded by the Financial District to the west, southwest, and north; the East River to the southeast; and Two Bridges to the northeast.
Harald Jaekelsson recognizes the Avenger as the god of thunder. Not afraid of him, he beats Thor without difficulty, breaking his arms, tying Mjolnir to him, and tossing him in the Hudson river. His men continue their reign of terror over New York. They create a mountain of severed heads. They fight and defeat policemen and army. Their Viking ship, magically powered by the spell, can fly in the streets and throw fire. Thor manages to pull himself out of the river; Doctor Strange is waiting for him.
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A journalist and his cameraman cover the story of the invasion. They are interviewing the mayor when a spear goes through his head. After recovering in Doctor Strange's house, Thor follows him into a room where a mystic river runs, "somewhere time flows by like a river and may be observed as such." This allows the sorcerer to look at the past, seeking for answers. There, they discover how Harald and his crew came to be so powerful. The death of the town wise man provided too much blood for the spell. They figure out that to stop Harald and his Vikings, they need descendants of his bloodline. They look through time and select three mighty warriors and bring them forward to help: Sigrid, a Viking battle maiden; Magnus of the Danes, a Teutonic knight; and Erik Loonroth, a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt pilot in the Second World War. Meanwhile, the Avengers—Captain America, Iron Man, Vision, the Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye—have been defeated and need medical assistance. More Marines are sent to fight against Harald and his men.
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A helicopter flies over the city and discovers the heads of the Marines on pikes in the street. Doctor Strange and Thor ask Harald Jaekelsson's descendants to fight with them. They are all ready to fight for a noble cause, especially Erik. Doctor Strange uses their blood to empower a spell to make them as strong as the undead Vikings, and they go to fight them. Harald now has a bone throne at the top of the Empire State Building. The heroes defy him. The Messerschmitt attacks the flying Viking ship.
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The heroes stage an assault on Harald Jaekelsson's forces, Erik in the air, the others fighting on the ground. In a moment of Thor's inattention, Harald stabs Thor through the back. He knock out Sigrid and wounds Magnus. The God of Thunder fights back. In the air, the Vikings jump onto Erik's airplane. The pilot bails out safely with his parachute and lets the plane crash into the ship, destroying them both. All Harald's dead Vikings are destroyed. Out of respect, Sigrid, Magnus and Erik decide to not help Thor finish Harald. Thor, punching Harald, sends him directly off into space. Finally, the three warriors return to the time of their own war. When they disappear, Thor says: "I will see thou in Valhalla."
The trade paperback Thor: Vikings collecting #1-5 was published in February 2004 ( ISBN 9780785111757)
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