In the latest issue of Thor, two of the Pet Avengers show up to deal with an Asgardian threat…and completely humiliates their opponent.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Thor #12 by Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, and VC’s Joe Sabino, on sale now.
However, it appears that Blake may have bitten off a bit more than he can chew when he confronts Throg and Lockjaw of the Pet Avengers in Thor #12.
As their name suggests, the Pet Avengers are a team of superpowered animals assembled by Lockjaw of the Inhumans. They first appeared in Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1 by Chris Eliopoulos, Ig Guara, Colleen Coover, and Chris Sotomayor, back in 2009. Among these animal heroes, are Redwing, Falcon’s pet bird, Lockheed, Kitty Pryde’s dragon companion, and of course Throg, a frog who shares the powers of Thor. While the idea of a team of animal heroes may sound amusing, Blake found out first0hand that the Pet Avengers are no joke.
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In order to carry out his mission, Donald comes after Throg. But, unfortunately for him, the Frog of Thunder has more fight in him than it would seem. After confronting Throg, Donald is sent tumbling through the walls of a middle school science lab where they are, oddly enough, dissecting frogs.
Donald, though, is not ready to give up the fight that easily. However, Throg has back-up in the form of Lockjaw. Through Lockjaw’s teleportation abilities, the two Pet Avengers and Donald carry on their battle all while jumping through different dimensions and realities.
The battle itself takes many twists and turns. At one point, it seems that Throg and Lockjaw are able to contain Donald. And then the next moment, Donald gains the upper hand. Donald even manages to swallow Throg, seemingly killing the amphibious warrior. However, the anthropomorphic Thunder God proves that he isn’t so easy to defeat when he breaks out of Donald’s mouth by hurling his hammer through the villain’s teeth. Throg then delivers a final thunderous blow, seemingly putting Blake down for the count.
As Donald lies in a crater, unconscious, Throg and Lockjaw look on and ponder what they should do next with him. They deduce that Donald has been the one behind the recent “slayings of Thorfolk” as Throg puts it and that he must be interrogated.
From there, they then take the unconscious Blake to Doctor Strange, thinking that the Sorcerer Supreme would be able to help them to get the required information. However, this proves to be a mistake. Donald, regaining consciousness, is able to then siphon off the Odin-magicks that Strange has acquired and use them against the heroes.
Despite this turnaround, the fact remains: Donald Blake, who has managed so far to make quick work of several powerful Asgardians including Loki, was put down by two animals. Of course, there is much more to these animals than meets the eye, but the fact remains. And Blake just learned in the most brutal way possible the error of judging a book by its cover, no matter how adorable it may be.
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