Gerry Conway, scripter/ John Buscema, artist/ Mike Esposito, inker/ John Costanza, letterer/ G. Roussos, colorist/ Roy Thomas, Editor
Having neutralized the threat of the Black Stars, Thor and his friends return to Asgard. However, this is a farewell, as Tana Nile has been at long last returned home. Silas Grant also chooses to stay with her, his closest friend.
When Thor, Sif, and Balder return to Asgard, they are rushed to Odin’s chambers. There, the All-Father shows them what he and Hildegarde have seen: Krista chained in the Underworld of Olympus leered at by Pluto and Hercules, side-by-side.
Thor is enraged by this sight, considering this to be a betrayal on the part of Hercules. Sif tries to tell him that he should give his friend the benefit of the doubt, but Thor refuses to listen. By Odin’s leave, Thor storms off to Olympus, alone. Odin does not want to start a war against Olympus, so he refuses to allow Thor’s friends to accompany him, not even Hildegarde. The period of exile has clearly ended, and all parties have slipped back into their old roles as if nothing had ever transpired.
Thor travels to Olympus, beating up all who cross his path, including Hercules’ friend Krato, before challenging Hercules himself. Hercules is confused by this hostility, but he has never been one to turn down a fight. They fight for a good long time until Zeus intercedes and provides an alibi for Hercules. Although Thor extended absolutely no trust to Hercules, he gives his “friend”’s father the benefit of the doubt.
Meanwhile, Ares is back in Zeus’s good graces, mere months after conquering Olympus. Unsurprisingly, he has not reformed: he and an underling named Snatos scheme to start a war, although the specifics are not yet clear.
First Appearance: Krato, Snatos