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Thor

Marvel Proudly Presents Thor

Meet the new female hero who will wield Mjolnir and see an exclusive first image of the unworthy former Thunder God!

Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THOR, written by Jason Aaron complimented with art from Russell Dauterman.

This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of the “big three” of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. No longer is the classic Thunder God able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, and a brand new female hero will emerge worthy of the name THOR.

      Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?

      “The inscription on Thor's hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it's time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

          Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

          THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. THOR will be the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for super hero comic books in America: women and girls.

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              2717 comments
              Levelgrinder
              Levelgrinder

              Marvel do as Marvel pleases, countless times they have changed the world and its universe in their comics and fans have not complained once but instead they have happily been reading on, following Marvels interesting characters throughout history.

              But now once a female wields the mighty Mjolnir it causes a stir, its an irregularity that fans werent prepared for, to have such a famous mythological being as Thor suddenly become a female hero, an icon in their hearts whom they have projected from our history being male. I write to you who thinks this is impossibe. Have you ever thought about the idea that the one you call almighty father in heaven instead be a mother, a mother of all earths children.

              LeeT44
              LeeT44

              Disgusting how you've destroyed a legendary character and betrayed and decades-long loyal fan base. Ruined Thor, for sake of gaining female dollars.

              Edccyon
              Edccyon member

              @LeeT44 So, Throg: Frog of Thunder, Beta Ray Bill, Storm holding the copy of Thor's hammer, the countless continuity rewrites, the fact that half the time he's portrayed as a complete idiot depending on the writer, that unfortunate as hell vest Thunderstrike (who was at one point Thor, not to mention that Odin chose him as a replacement Thor in the first place) wore in the 90s, but this is the last straw?  Right. Must not be too big of a fan if you consider all that stupidity "legendary".

              dirtysquirties
              dirtysquirties

              If you are going to flip the bird to a couple thousand years of established mythology, the least you could have done was give her bigger boobs and have her swing them around like a pair of hammers.

              Edccyon
              Edccyon member

              @dirtysquirties Pretty sure that the very existence of Marvel Asgard flips the bird at established norse mythology anyway.

              ImanSain
              ImanSain

              LET'S JUST REMEMBER, MARVEL DOESN'T LISTEN TO US "SMALL PEOPLE". IT'S ABOUT SALES. AS LONG AS THE WOLVERINE TITLES KEEP SELLING, AND THE MONEY KEEPS COMING IN, THEY COULDN'T CARE LESS. HOW DOES JOE QUESADA SLEEP AT NIGHT? EASY! ON A BIG PILE OF $#@%ING MONEY!

              Lord_Minty
              Lord_Minty

              What the hel were you guys thinking??? Thor is a name not a title. If you want something like this so badly do a Lady Sif book, some already established or someone new. Don't mess with a Norse Deity who was clearly a male, idiots

              Willpower2050
              Willpower2050

              The editors actually do not have the AUTHORITY to say this. Let me explain. First off, Thor, the character they are using is a mythic deity that existed LONG before the comic version. So to say a female IS Thor is like saying 'We are now going to have a female Jesus'. So, I am sorry, but no... this isn't Thor. Plus, the old Thor STILL EXISTS in the Marvel universe. Is he now unable to use his own NAME, because that was his name, not a title. The final reason they don't have the authority to say this is because, though they may be in charge of this stuff now, that situation changes a lot. It wasn't too long ago that DC claimed they were going to have a NEW SUPERMAN, that was an energy being, and it wasn't a temporary storyline, but a forever change to the character to make him more appealing to modern audiences. Last I looks, Superman wasn't an energy being anymore, but was in more similar colors with more similar powers. These changes, no matter how much they are INTENDED to be permanent, are more likely indefinite, meaning their is no definite timeline for when and if it will stay or change back.


              And I am not saying this because I hate females, or think a female wouldn't work. I say turn many into females if they want. There have been heroes that have died and new people rise to take their place all the time. So kill off Steve Rogers, or Peter Parker and have a female take on that mantel. You can even kill off Thor and have a female take up the mantel, but to have someone else claim to be Thor, when the original is still walking around, doesn't really work, SINCE IT IS HIS NAME. Its sort of like super heroic identity theft. Even so, that doesn't stop the fact that it can be changed back just as easily.

              cedric1234
              cedric1234

              Marvel I beg of you to not do this I'm a huge fan, but this is insane, instead make her the daughter of Thor it will be so much better.

              HillbillyGeek
              HillbillyGeek

              Thor? well, it hurth. The stupidity, that is.

              Ty_Tansel
              Ty_Tansel

              Thor's tits are too small. 

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              Makentsu
              Makentsu

              It seems that ever since Superior Spider-man sold so well marvel believes the can try doing this kind of thing as much as they want,unfortunately for them we the fans aren't putting up with it anymore and doing so by not buying these books until the one  true God Of Thunder Thor returns!!!

              Hopefully after this marvel will learn to not try and mess with it's fanbase thinking they'll be able to get more money from us .

              Makentsu
              Makentsu

              I have to agree with everyone else here on this I  to feel this a dumb idea that marvel is doing don't get me wrong knowing Thor is still alive makes me happy, and this new character has a really cool design along with some amazing art but that doesn't excuse the laziness of the writing. I mean if marvel wanted to promote a strong female character then why not use one of the more underrated ones and I've heard it all before that because their not well they may not sell well because their not well known and making a female character the protagonist in a mainstream characters comic would help to get a readers attention but when you think about why doesn't marvel just do what they're doing with the inhumans and just start putting a character like Valkyrie or heck Thor-girl to promote I mean they could start putting them in their animation or films to have more people notice them like with Black-Widow it seems so much simpler to do that then go through the trouble of alienating Thor fans from the book and having the sales drop to where they might be forced to either bring back Thor or drop the series like do with other series that don't sell(some of which a really good but Marvel does such a poor job of promoting  that they don't get noticed that much). An the sad part is this is the same problem there having with there animation in which by trying to one demographic they end up alienating other demographics which cause their ratings and sales to drop and their forced to try and fix the problem before they lose money,and as of late it feels that whenever we show a disagreement with what their doing they make fun of us or ignore us and continue on and then act surprised when their sales plummet or their books get a bad reception and that's pretty much how their writers in the animation studio for marvel are acting and if you tell them something that their doing is wrong and they get upset and tell that all their getting is mostly positive responses, why do you think marvel told The View a bunch of people who probably don't read comics this so they get a whole bunch of attention on the internet and to also protect themselves from negative response, because now if someone has a problem with this(even if it's a legitimate reason)they'll get outed as being sexist or someone who can't handle change. Just had to do big rant about this sorry it was so long had a lot to vent out because Thor is one of my favorite heroes in both mythology and the comics/films.

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              I think you know you are not alone on this, Thor is one of my favourite heroes in mythology, comics and films.

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              The last ''Thor''comic has some really good artwork, particularly the Frost Giants, Utgard and map of Jotunheim. The goddess is mediocre and spends too much time pondering what Odinson would do, so at least the girl is no Lady T (Maggie) thank god. Let's see how sales have gone for Thor #3 when December 2014 figures are released. And what 2015 will bring for the fortunes of the pretender contending for the title of Thor. To quote Comic Vine  

              ''Thor is the Asgardian God of Thunder and the son of Odin, the All-Father of Asgard , the Elder Earth-Goddess. Combining the power of both worlds, Thor is arguably the greatest and mightiest defender of both.''

              http://www.comicvine.com/thor/4005-2268/

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              Let the market decide - Comichron sales figures

              November sales

              1 Amazing Spider-Man  135,280

              2 All New Captain America 120,500

              3 Batman 115,183

              4 Amazing Spider-Man 100,899

              5 Spider-Woman 93,723

              6 Thor 89,131

              7 Superior Iron Man 83,994

              8 Avengers and X-Men Axis 79,068

              9 Avengers and X-Men Axis 74,928

              10 Justice League 74,796

              October sales

              1 Walking Dead 326,334

              2 Death of Wolverine 165,582

              3 Thor 150,862

              4 Death of Wolverine 141,567

              5 Avengers and X-Men Axis 138,966

              6 Batman 118,860

              7 Amazing Spider-Man 116,051

              8 Amazing Spider-Man 99,549

              9 Harley Quinn Annual 97,312

              10 Avengers and X-Men Axis 87,964

              After all the hype the female ''Thor'' issue 1 sold just over 150,000 comic books in October 2014 in third position, in November issue 2 sold 89,000 and had slipped to sixth position, issue 3 may still make it into the top 10, but I suspect issue 4 will have dropped out of the top 10 and from then on the new female ''Thor'' will rapidly slide down the top 100 into obscurity. At the same time Marvel will have alienated hard core Thor fans and what then.

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              From 150,862 sales to 89,131 in the first month, that's a 41% drop in sales from October to November, if it drops 41% again from issue 2 to issue 3 it will be down to 52,660 sales in the space of three months.

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              Thor has stayed in the top ten for December 2014, having said that its sales were 72,563 down 16,568 on November and down 78,299 on the first issue. So will it still be in the top 10 when figures come out for January 2015 and will its sales figures continue to slide.

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              Thor is the Asgardian God of Thunder and the son of Odin, the All-Father of Asgard!

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              Thor has managed to stay in the top ten for another month but it's now down to 52,660 sales down 81,365 on its launch issue at the start of 2015. Was it really worth alienating Marvel's core Thor fans, can Jason Aaron turn this around. Bring Thor Odinson back as the god of thunder!

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              ''Jason Aaron doesn’t really write “bad” Thor comics. He just occasionally writes one that isn’t as good as the rest of his Thor comics, and Thor #3 is one of those. This is by no means a bad comic. It merely suffers from being good while the rest of his tend to skew towards great. That said, this issue contains some really fun action sequences rendered by the excellent Russell Dauterman.''

              http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/12/11/comic-book-reviews-for-december-10-2014?page=2

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              ''There are some parts that don't make sense like how did she acquire the hammer in the first place along with some of the knowledge, or lack of, she has on different things.....

              Despite what goes down, I did feel like something was missing and this issue was just filling the time to set up the final page (and next issue).''

              http://www.comicvine.com/reviews/thor-3/1900-3716/

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              ''diehard Thor fans will still be upset over this series''

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              Is it the marvellous Disney effect! Russell Dauterman, Matthew Wilson and Joe Sabino have got artistic talent. Jason Aaron is up against it trying to make a bad idea work, but I doubt it was his idea to make Thor a female. If I'm wrong, then he is part of the problem. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and assuming the directive to change Thor into a woman comes from top management. And Aaron has been landed with the thankless task of trying to make a bad idea work. The ''morons'' are the marketing guy's who a desperate to break into the female market by using Thor's fan base as the springboard. By now, unless they are complete idiots, they will know this was a bad idea. By now they should be asking Jason Aaron to create a story which allows Thor to return in the new year to fight for humanity, Midgard against those who would destroy the environment and climate which supports civilization for the sake of profits and a parasitic elite. Thor is worthy of Mjölnir, he is the god of the common people, defender ofMidgard against the Destroyer,Durok, Dark Elves, the Frost Giants and all allies of Loki human or immortal. Check out Wolfie's ideaof Thor and Sif fighting to defend our world against the forces of corporate greed, multinationals, transnationals and forces of monopoly finance capital. Thor and Sif are the god and goddess of Norse mythology for this role, they are worthy, is Marvel worthy, that's the question we need answering, is it Disney thatis unworthy of Mjölnir.

              Makentsu
              Makentsu

              @ForsetiBalderson actually it was his idea he stated in an interview he had the idea to create basically a female version of Beta Ray Bill.

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              Let's hope that Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Matthew Wilson and Joe Sabino are given the order to turn this story around and bring back the mighty Thor in January 2015 with Mjölnir in his hand to defend humanity and Midgard with Sif and Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg at their side.

              Shimewaza
              Shimewaza

              What is that sound I hear?  Oh ... it is the sound of marvel's sales numbers going down the toilet!!!!!!!!!!!!  Have fun trying to win back the fans you have alienated morons!!!!!!  The marvel universe has pretty much gotten sucked into a massive black hole that hole being the dearth of talent that is currently working there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              @ForsetiBalderson @Shimewaza

              What happens when this goddess is separated from Mjölnirand where is Thor, who will deal with the Frost Giants and the Roxxon Energy Corporation?

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              @Shimewaza, are Marvel unworthy of Mjölnir, that's the question can they dig themselves out of this black hole or not.

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              How many Marvel fans has this comic alienated from the company, and how many new readers will continue buying it after the first couple of issues. Was it a good idea, or will it do irreparable damage to the Thor character? Jason Aaron seems to have made a grave error with this story line. The critics seem to like Russell Dauterman's art work, even if they don't like the dialog and say the story is all over the place. I think Thor#3 will be make or break forJason Aaron and the female Thor. Having read the various comments, I'd say Darthphobos, Loddfafnir and WolfieSmith appear to have a pretty reasoned critique of this and have offered a cleaver concept for a revived Thor that would appeal to critics like Steven Howearth at Pop Culture Maven and possibly those alienated fans of Thor the god of thunder.

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              ''The Edda provides unparalleled insight into the gods' tragic realization that the future holds one final cataclysmic battle, Ragnarok, when the world will be destroyed......As the Thor character is based upon Norse mythology and literature like the Prose Edda ..... Odin, Loki, Frost Giants, these are all taken from Norse literature. I'd argue this sets Thor apart and a class above the other Marvel heroes, and with ''his'' .... there is a unique relationship to classical mythology.'' (WolfieSmith, Jul 18, 2014)

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              ''I think that will take a miracle.'' (Steven Howearth, Pop Culture Maven,11/12/14) sorry Jason.

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              ''the storyline by Jason Aaron fails to live up to the hype.'' (Loddfafnir, Nov 3, 2014)

              ForsetiBalderson
              ForsetiBalderson

              ''Wolfie's idea was that Marvel produce a set of graphic novels based on the Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings by Kevin Crossley-Holland with Marvel updates to the Norse vision of the Nine Realms with a scientific twist...... Friedmann proposed the Big Bang followed by expansion, then contraction leading to the Big Crunch.'' (Darthphobos, Nov 9, 2014)

              Edccyon
              Edccyon member

              @ForsetiBalderson Marvel has already done enough completely stupid things to Thor's character and it was fine. Remember the 90s?

              were1234
              were1234

              Wild guess agent solomon and anotherasgardian sort of like a firestorm situation

              were1234
              were1234

              This book is worth buying only for the amazing artwork

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              Thor #2

              ''While the book looks amazing I was underwhelmed with the book on its first issue. The plot from Marvel is, Get ready for a Thor like you’ve never seen before! Witness the mysterious all-new Thor in action for the very first time! With an army of Frost Giants invading the earth, she may be the world’s only hope! Aaron is a solid writer but this book is just not working for me. While the set up to the story is interesting the dialog in this issue drove me up the wall. You have her thinking in a normal voice but is delivering her dialog like overacting in a Shakespeare play. This goes on for the entire issue and comes off as just silly. The idea of the story is interesting but it feels like it’s spinning the wheels a little with the characters. Dauterman’s art is the reason that you would buy this book. It is just gorgeous and give the book such grand scope and weight that it makes reading the book even more disappointing. Dauterman is going to be an artist to watch but I just wish that the over story was up to the quality of his stunning artwork.

              Is this book worth your time and money? This book is not terrible but it feels as if the story is all over the place with the extremely forced dialog. While the plot is quite good the book is just not going anywhere. The artwork is so amazing that is making the book that much more disappointing in the end. I hope that Aaron can turn it around with the next issue but I think that will take a miracle.

              (Steven Howearth)

              http://www.popculturemaven.com/comics/new-comics-week-of-111214/

              Darthphobos
              Darthphobos

              Thor #1

              ''Well Marvel has put another quarter in the hype machine and is changing Thor into a female character. The plot from Marvel is, The great hammer MJOLNIR lies on the moon, unable to be lifted by anyone in all the heavens! Even THOR! Something dark has befallen the God of Thunder, leaving him weakened and for the first time in forever… UNWORTHY! But when Frost Giants invade the Earth, the hammer will be lifted and an all-new Thor will arise! A Thor unlike any we’ve ever seen before! Who is this new GODDESS OF THUNDER? Not even Odin knows! So for all of us who opted out of the whole Original Sin wallet buster there is a catch up in the opening of the book to help readers get up to speed. While it does fill in some of the blanks I really wish that when Marvel starts a new series don’t make it feel as if you are in the middle of the whole thing already. Aaron script is serviceable I felt that while it was good it read a bit uneven. This could be because of the after the big event here is our new book that has spun out of it has hampered the first issue. I guess the biggest feeling after reading the story was it was nice but I am not chomping at the bit to read the second issue. The real story here is Dauterman’s art that is quite stunning and the attack on the undersea lab is just beautiful. He did make the book work a lot better than it actually ending up being.

              Is this book worth your time and money? Considering the talent involved with this book I would have thought it would have gotten off to a much stronger start. After reading the first issue it just felt a little meh. Overall the story just kind of sits there. While the art is fantastic it’s a shame that the story didn’t reach the same level. In the end the hype didn’t translate into a creative win on the book. It could swing either way about picking up the second issue of the book.''

              (Steven Howearth)

              http://www.popculturemaven.com/comics/new-comic-book-reviews-week-of-10114/#comment-4263