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3. The ability to produce “Anti-Force”
I freakin’ LOVE the Anti-Force! In Thor #142, by Lee, Kirby and Vince Colletta, Thor is fighting the Super-Skrull and Thor would love to just kill the bad guy, but instead he whips out a never-before-seen ability of Mjolnir. It can produce “Anti-Force” which apparently just propels people into outer space at Thor’s whim…
How awesome of a power is that? Why doesn’t Thor ever use that power (he did during Dan Jurgens’ run, but it didn’t work like this – it was just a traditional energy blast)? Jason Aaron, where is Anti-Force?!
2. The ability to control anti-matter
I truly believe that this bit from Journey Into Mystery #85 (by Lee, Lieber, Kirby and Ayers) was just Jack Kirby thinking, “Eh, Thor will spin his hammer and they’ll get better. I’ll leave it to Lieber to figure out how to explain this one.”
Loki uses magic to turn people into anti-matter versions of themselves.
Thor’s hammer, of course, can reverse this effect. Because, well, shut up!
1. The ability to reverse a deadly lightning bolt strike and give the person struck by the lightning the ability to control lightning himself
This bit from Invaders #33 (by Roy Thomas, Alan Kupperberg and Frank Springer) is just ALL sorts of kooky.
Okay, so Hitler calls Thor to Midgard and convinces him to kill Joseph Stalin. The Invaders try to stop him. Their plan involves Union Jack pretending to be Stalin. Thor then kills “Stalin.”
When Thor realizes the error of his ways, he then REVERSES THE LIGHTNING STRIKE!!!
Better yet, while returning Union Jack to life, it also GIVES HIM LIGHTNING POWERS!!
Not to mention how Thor can just casually wipe everyone’s memories. I dunno if that’s a Mjolnir power, though. That might just be a weird Thor power. Hey, I think I have an idea for another Top Five…
Well, that’s this top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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