“Where Darkness Dwells, Dwell I!”
Gerry Conway, author/ Rich Buckler, artist/ Chic Stone, inker/ J. Costanza, letterer, L. Lessman, colorist/ Roy Thomas, editor
Thor and Hercules are back on Earth. They part ways, but a few hours later they are reunited at the site of an explosion caused by a suicidal madman. Thor summons a storm to put out the fire and the two warriors parlay with a policeman named Detective Sergeant Blumkenn. Blumkenn either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that Thor is a fugitive from the law. The detective tells the two warriors that this is the fourth case in recent days of someone violently and publicly killing themselves, each muttering variants of “In death, I’ll get life. He promised that.”
Thor and Hercules want to investigate but are not detectives and do not know how. Thor petitions Odin for aid, and his father grants it in the form of Sif, teleported to Earth in a snazzy new helmet. Thor is so happy to see Sif, he loses interest in the suicides, which angers Hercules, who storms off.
On his own, Hercules is attacked by a humanoid male form, entirely black and mute. They spar until a manhole cover opens and a swarm of demons pulls Hercules down into the sewer. The black creature laughs, soundlessly.
A short time later, Thor and Sif return to the hospital to find that Krista has fully healed. She has also found some clothes that are appropriately Asgardian. Hercules stumbles into this room, whispers “Where darkness dwells, dwell I!” and passes out.
First Appearance: Detective Sergeant Blumkenn