Balder-who's-actually-Malekith has recruited Hercules to pose as Thor to deal with Alflyse, the Queen of the Dark Elves of the Eastern Spires; apparently, she's been in charge since Malekith "died" back in the 1980s. Herc and Kid Zeus make their way to her castle, and since she's stunningly beautiful, Herc decides to put the moves on her and find out if she has any evil designs (at least, that's his justification). Alflyse invites "Thor" inside...
The final test is a test of character; a bunch of goons attack him and he has to not get distracted when she flashes some thigh. Of course, he fails this one. Alflyse: "Eh, two out of three. Close enough."
Really though, apart from the strength one none of these tests seem particularly calculated to root out Thor. He never struck me as a master chess-player. Of course, these guys clearly don't know much about Thor.
Anyhoo, Herc and Alflyse proceed to par-tay the night away, while Zeus heads to the castle library and flips through a big book of Thor stories.
Now that they're married, Alflyse wants to invade Asgard to put her new husband back on the throne. Oops.
My MA studies required a relocation to Carleton University this fall, so this was my first comic-day in town. Surprisingly, the Ottawa bus system was navigated without a hitch, and I snagged the store's last copy of iHerc. Good times.