|Super Heroes #8|
Cover Date: January 2011
Release Date: November 10, 2010
Writer: Paul Tobin
Penciler: Scott Koblish
Inker: Scott Koblish
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Assistant Editors: Horwitz & Denning
Editor: Nathan Cosby
Cover Artist: Clay Henry
Production: Mayela Gutierrez
Back on Earth, Steve Rogers and Susan Storm talk about Nova's decision to go to Asgard. Sue feels it may be too dangerous while Steve believes that Rich will be fine. They recall the events leading up to their fellow Avenger's vacation.
Earlier in the day, Iron Man, the Invisible Woman, Captain America, Thor and Nova are standing around the pool when an Asgardian emissary appears to deliver an imperial decree. However, the god of thunder felt something was wrong in the message. Thor and Nova decide to go to Asgard and investigate.
Steve and Sue end their recollection and enter a police station. They quickly pick out a criminal from a police lineup and turn to leave. The invisible Avenger receives a call from Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. She answers the phone while Captain America quietly waits.
Four hours earlier, Thor shows Nova around his world which intimidates the young hero. The immortal Avenger points out that the palace was built by giants so his feelings are to be expected. He reminds his teammate that he is as valiant a warrior as anyone in the hall of heroes. They meet Valkyrie who is less than impressed with Nova's physical stature.
After Rich and the female warrior banter, Thor points out to Richard Rider that it's best to never flirt with a member of the Valkyrie. When Nova asks his friend why flirting would be so bad, Thor explains that the role of the Valkyries is to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield. Rich thinks that it would be good to have someone like that on his side. The thunder god asks him if he has ever dealt with an angry girlfriend.
Their conversation ends as they approach the throne of Odin - the king of the gods and Thor's father. As his son attempts to greet him, Odin harshly tells him to be quiet and lay down his hammer! Despite his surprise, Thor agrees to the demand but only after he is allowed to anoint himself at the Font of Everlasting Peace.
The king grants his request. As they walk away, Valkyrie points out to Nova that Odin is an imposter as there is no such thing as the Font.
One hour later, the three heroes arrive at a foreboding castle to find the three women known as the Norn. The women agree to give Thor the knowledge he seeks if he will allow them to touch his magic hammer. He agrees.
The Norn explain to the god of thunder that the one posing as Odin is really Trrthen - a magical troll! The true king is being held captive inside of the Svartalfheim Citadel. Thor, Nova and Valkyrie leave to go rescue the Asgardian ruler.
Back in the training room at Avengers Mansion, Susan Storm and Iron Man are going through drills together. Steve Rogers comments that Sue is beautiful. When the Black Widow asks him what he means, Steve quickly explains that he meant her fighting style. He points out that Natasha was watching her, too. She agrees and oddly says that is why she is with the Avengers.
Back in Asgard, the two Avengers and Valkyrie fight their way through an army of trolls. Nova admits that he thought the land of the gods would be more civilized. The two Asgardians explain that their way of life is one of war. The female warrior informs the human rocket that their battles prevent the Earth from being destroyed by outside forces.
Thor commands Rich to fly Valkyrie to the high side of a nearby mountain. As his young teammate flies off, the god of thunder unleashes the elemental fury of his hammer to create a powerful flood! Almost all of the trolls are quickly washed away. The powerful Avenger instructs Nova to find his father since he is the fastest of the three.
As Rich Rider flies towards his destination, he suddenly encounters a fire-breathing dragon! The human rocket smashes into the creature and the two crash through the castle wall of the Svartalfheim Citadel.
Inside the castle, Nova discovers two magician trolls who begin shooting blasts of fire at him. The Avenger's alien uniform protects him from the flames and he responds with energy blasts of his own. The trolls are quickly knocked unconscious.
Rich discovers the wizards had been guarding Odin and bound him with large magical shackles. Nova picks up Thor's father and takes him to the other battle.
When the young hero arrives, Thor quickly uses his hammer to unleash a powerful blast of lightning. The shackles explode from the impact and Odin is free! In a fit of pure anger and power, Thor's father knocks all of the trolls unconscious in a single blinding burst of energy!
Following his outburst, the king of the gods instantly teleports the heroes and himself back to Odin's castle. Once inside, Thor begins to confront the impostor. Nova steps in and explains the situation to the disguised Trrthen.
The young Avenger admits that the Font was a fake but they did bring something back just for him. The real Odin comes through the doors and Richard Rider points out that the king is very angry.
Three minutes later, Thor's father has changed the troll magician into a mouse. Valkyrie kisses Nova and thanks him for his assistance. Odin advises Rich to not flirt with a Valkyrie. The human rocket replies that he's already had that talk.
As the king of the gods takes his rightful place on the throne, he reveals to Thor and Nova that one of the Avengers is also an imposter!