By Marc Strom
Following the Siege of Asgard, the God of Thunder will experience even more changes as writer Matt Fraction and artist Pasqual Ferry take over his ongoing series with THOR #611 this June. The creative team will help usher Thor into the Heroic Age, a time that will mean a great deal to our hero.
According to Fraction, for Thor the Heroic Age represents a time of "Reconstruction. Responsibility. Dealing with Tony Stark. Dealing with a human city that considers him a neighbor. And of course fighting like hell. The sun shines brighter, so the shadows cast are way, way darker."
Following the events of Siege, Thor finds his attentions divided between the mortal and godly realms, a tension that cuts to the core of where Fraction plans to take the character.
|THOR: AGES OF THUNDER|
The scope of Fraction's run will quickly move beyond Earth, however, as the writer tells us "the entirety of the World Tree waits in the wings. And the things from beyond the World Tree."
Fraction previously wrote several one-shot specials starring the Odinson, including THOR: AGES OF THUNDER and THOR: GOD-SIZED, as well as the three-issue SECRET INVASION: THOR. From these experiences, he learned a number of key lessons.
"Hitting stuff with the hammer as often as possible is crucial," the writer notes. "Go big or go home. Really, seriously, go as big as you can, there's nothing so crazy that can't be done in THOR. If at least one scene from every issue can't be airbrushed onto the side of a van you're doing it wrong.
"The tone [of THOR] is very similar, in that sense. The scale of it all. Only now we don't have to dance between the raindrops, as it were. Somehow Pasqual and I have the dumb luck to end up being the THOR team."
|THOR #611 cover by Pasqual Ferry|
"If you've seen Pasqual's work, you know what he brings," Fraction comments. "He eats the cosmic for breakfast and has mind-bending for brunch. Then he skips lunch because he ate breakfast and brunch, and then for dinner, he feasts like a Kosmic Kirby King on Kraziness like he's got a bad case of Space Bulimia. If I had to choose one guy to draw something bigger than gods, it'd be the big PF, baby."
While Fraction couldn't reveal too much of the insanity he has planned for THOR, he would offer one simple, enigmatic tease of things to come:
"Sky isn't supposed to bleed."
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