Frost Giants beware–there's a new God of Thunder protecting Midgard, and she's not messing around! For the first time in THOR's five decades of publication, the mantle of the mightiest Avenger will be turned over to a new mystery woman.
The all-new THOR #1 by continuing writer Jason Aaron and new artist Russell Dauterman of CYCLOPS fame will debut this fall in the aftermath of the status quo obliterating ORIGINAL SIN. As shocking as this change may seem, promises that this has been in the Asgardian cards ever since he launched THOR: GOD OF THUNDER in 2012.
"I've known since I first took over the series that I wanted to eventually have someone else pick up the hammer," says the writer. "It's kind of a time-honored Thor tradition at this point, isn't it? Going back to the days of Beta Ray Bill."
Aaron pointed out that Mjolnir's other masters have rarely been women, a fact that he sought to change with this title's evolution:
"This really is a Thor story unlike any we've ever seen before, and it's not meant to be fleeting. It's not a one-time thing or an alternate reality. This is the new version of Thor in the Marvel Universe."
Joining Aaron on this journey will be artist Dauterman, who just made his big Marvel debut drawing epic space battles and heartwarming/breaking emotional moments in CYCLOPS. The chance to launch a new Thor title alongside Jason Aaron still seems too good to be true to the rising artist.
"THOR: GOD OF THUNDER has been one of my favorite books from the past couple years," says Dauterman. "I'm absolutely thrilled to be on board continuing those stories with Jason, especially with this new premise."
Dauterman doesn’t seem daunted by the series' bold new concept, either: "I was excited at the prospect of drawing a Thor book in general—I'm a fan of the character and love mythology and fantasy stories. But, when [THOR editor] Wil Moss said that the new Thor would be a Goddess of Thunder, I was super excited! I've always gravitated toward strong female characters."
There's one aspect of this new God of Thunder that remains a tightly kept secret—her identity.
"The previous Thor doesn't know who she is," explains Aaron. "Not even All-Father Odin seems to know."
While the creative team may have remained mum about the alter ego of Mjolnir's new owner, Aaron did reveal that the tone of this new series will be very much in line with what fans have come to love about his THOR: GOD OF THUNDER run.
"I'm still looking to do big, epic stories,” he vows. “Overall, I'm still going for a dark [Jack] Kirby vibe. [This series stars] a badass Viking goddess with a hammer facing Frost Giants and dark elves and all sorts of wild new villains."
THOR #1 brings the thunder this October! Keep following Marvel.com and our social channels for more news!