Right now there are couple of collected works in the Thor library called the Eternals Saga. The original issues comprising this story arc numbered around 20, including an annual. The saga culminated in the double-sized Thor 300 with Thor 301 being an epilogue issue.
The Saga is memorable to me because it was one of those moments when a good comicbook – Thor – became a great comicbook.
The Eternals Saga had the Celestials, the Destroyer, and, of course, Jack Kirby’s Eternals. It not only had the Norse gods but the Olympian gods as well, with Zeus and company being hoodwinked by Odin to attack the Eternals. The arc featured the enigmatic Forgotten One, a superstrong Eternal that could go one-on-one with Thor, and did, to the amusement of the celestial known as the One Above All – a celestial that outranked even the mighty Arishem, judge of the Third Host.
The Saga featured many wonderful battles, and just like a boxing match, we can rank them up, with the main battle being between the Third Celestial Host and a gigantic Destroyer powered by all the collected lifeforce of the Asgardians. The Eternals Saga is a Marvel epic with a capital E.
One other thing of note is Keith Pollard, the primary artist for much of the Saga. He’s a big part of why this is so good. Clean, dynamic art that’s easy on the eyes and perfect for the mythological look of the story. It was with much regret that I learned later on that Mr. Pollard would leave the comicbook industry.
If cosmic Marvel and the Norse mythology aspect of Thor has an attraction for you the Eternals Saga is the perfect blend of both. Pick it up and see for yourself.