The following page takes place towards the end of a story in which Thor has been called upon to investigate a number of crimes against prominent religious figures. High profile priests have been crucified, holy books burned, temples destroyed. Thor has tracked down and confronted the man responsible yet has been unable to stop his reign of terror...
Thor stands before a burning cathedral, the stained glass in its windows broken, thick black smoke pouring from a hole in its roof up into a dark, thunder-swept sky. Thor himself is beaten and bloodied, his face and arms scarred and bruised, his costume torn. He's holding his hammer defiantly, but we can tell he's on his last legs.
Thor: I have seen the atrocities that lie in your wake...
Thor: Desecration and bloodshed not even the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim would wreak...
Thor: And I have done all within my power to bring this to an end...
Thor: Yet still you stand... still you blaspheme... still you defile...
Thor: How can this be?
Panels Two - Four.
Three small panels of Thor getting his ass handed to him and taking a serious whupping at the hands of his enemy: a small, intellectual-looking man in his early 70s (though still in reasonably good health) with swept-back grey hair and spectacles. He's wearing a woolly crew-neck jumper and cords. Thor is unable to fight back. With each blow, the Thunder God weakens further... and gradually turns back to Dr. Donald Blake.
SFX (4): THOK!
SFX (5): THOOM!
SFX (6): THOOP!
The man holds Donald Blake's body up. Blake slumps, defeated - he would fall to the ground were it not for the man's hand gripping the front of his shirt. The man speaks directly to Blake. Behind them, the cathedral roof collapses into the flames while thunderclouds continues to roil overhead.
Man: If a god were ever to ask me that… if a god were to stand before me now and speak those words from his own immortal lips… do you know what I’d tell him, Dr. Blake?
Man: I wouldn’t tell him anything. I wouldn’t even hear him.
Man: Because I am…
Man: The Atheist.
The Atheist snarls into Donald Blake's face... he's been corrupted and driven insane by his own unholy power.
The Atheist: And no god has power over me.