In Asgardia at the Congress of Worlds,
Volstagg enters into an endless filibuster to force the hostile
Congress to vote to approve military action against the Shi'ar...
In the throne room, Sif, Fandral,
Hogun, and Hildegard approach the regent Cul to take action against
the Shi'ar; the Serpent refuses as this is Thor's war not Asgard's.
Sif call him a coward for failing to respond to the insult the
Imperial Guard gave to Asgard by their invasion, trying to shame him
The first event in the Challenge of the
Gods, Natural Disasters, takes them to Chandilar, the Shi'ar
throneworld where the gods call up a massive tidal wave to inundate
the city, killing millions to count how many mortals offer up
prayers, the challenge being to see which god can inspire the most
worshipers. Thor is horrified and instead flies into the sky and
calms the wave, drawing it away. The Shi'ar gods think Thor has
forfeited but instead Shadrack shows them the grateful multitudes
thanking and praising Thor....
Meanwhile, Shi'ar space patrols are
under attack by the fleet of Asgard....