We've already seen the prologue of the quest that would lead the mighty Thor to World's End to seek out the Twilight Well--part of a multi-pronged story by Gerry Conway that would take several issues to play out in full. In Part One, however, Thor has no knowledge that the realm of Asgard has been besieged by the malevolent Mangog, who even now attacks the city without mercy. Indeed, as Part Two opens, and Thor and his party encounter yet another sentry that intercepts them on their way to the well, it seems that malevolence is the last thing on anyone's mind. Or is it?
The instincts of Thor's trollish guide, Kyger (f/k/a Kygar), however, are paid little heed, thanks to the placations of the woman known as Satrina, who lures the Asgardians into her dwelling with promises of hospitality and rest. Yet, all too soon, she makes her move--and as Thor and the others fall, we learn that she serves the one the Asgardians have travelled to find--the keeper of the well, Kartag. Their quest nears its end--but will Satrina allow them to reach their goal?
When the warriors awaken, they find their thoughts dulled, but their surroundings inviting--with both women and ale in plentiful supply. Kyger, however, is unaffected by the deception, and attempts to warn Thor that everything around him is part of an elaborate deception. The warning forces Satrina's hand, and she murders Kyger on the spot--and the shock to Thor is such that he's able to shake off Satrina's ruse and see that his friends' accommodating companions are instead monsters, of the kind they've battled before in this realm. Unfortunately, Fandral and the others remain bewitched, and move against Thor when he attempts to deal with what they still believe are gentle, alluring women--and Thor is forced to keep them at bay with his hammer, so that he can confront Satrina. Yet she remains elusive:
And so Thor and the others (at last free from their illusions) now must regroup and make their way ever closer to where waits the one who guards the Twilight Well--a threat so great he even gets prominent cover space:
Wait a minute! We've been waiting all this time to see Thor go up against what amounts to a storm giant with a battle axe? We've seen Thor take down storm giants without even breathing hard!
Is there more to Kartag than meets the eye?