Unworthy Thor #1

Unworthy Thor #1 New Release Nov. 2, 2016

The newest Thor #1 comic book by Marvel drops in Local Comic Shops November 2, 2016 Unworthy Thor #1-The Odinson’s desperate search to regain his worthiness has taken him out into the cosmos, where he’s learned of the existence of a mysterious other Mjolnir. This weapon of unimaginable power, a relic from a dead universe, is the key to Odinson’s redemption — but some of the greatest villains of the Marvel Universe are now anxious to get their hands on it as well. Can The Odinson reclaim his honor, or will the power of thunder be wielded for evil? The quest for the hammer begins here. COVER INFORMATION Penciller (cover): Olivier Coipel Writer: Jason Aaron Penciller: Olivier Coipel Unworthy Thor #1

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The New Female Thor

And the New, Female Thor is…Who?

And the New, Female Thor is…Who?   With the appearance of the new, Female Thor, whose identity is hidden behind an armored mask, seemingly everyone is asking about her true identity.  Thor Odinson (AKA the old, male Thor), decides to make a list of nearly every female hero and human that he knows (once he realizes that the new Thor is a woman he already knows), and seeks out those women to ascertain whether they are truly she.  Roz Solomon’s name is on that list. After crossing his mother, Sif, and Jane Foster off the list, he is suddenly made aware by his mother, Freyja (in Thor #7) that the new Female Thor is in danger battling the Destroyer (under the control of Odin and his brother, Cul Boreson), and they go about gathering an army.  Luckily, Thor has his list of female heroes in hand! Oh, and by the way, the place where the new Female Thor is fighting the Destroyer is at a Roxxon facility.  And floating above that facility is…   Female Thor vs. The Destroyer in Thor #7 Roz Solomon’s empty floating SHIELD car. In the concluding panel of Thor #7, we see Odinson, Freyja, and a literal host of female heroes (and at least one actual Asgardian villain) appear to help battle the Destroyer.  Absent from this group is Roz Solomon…and that brings up a flashback sequence in the middle of this issue where we see SHIELD Agent Rosalind Solomon in the Blue Area of the Moon, where Thor’s mystic hammer Mjolnir had planted itself after deciding (for reasons still unclear) that Thor Odinson was “unworthy” of  possessing the hammer. Roz Solomon with Mjolnir in Thor #7 As of the end of Thor #7 (2015), all signs point to Roz Solomon being the new Female Thor.  Time, and perhaps Thor #8, will tell us if she is, indeed, the new Female Thor. As we can see in the Female Thor’s thought balloons, she thinks the way a relatively young American would speak.  When she speaks, it is in the psuedo-Shakespearean old-style English we hear Thor speak in, but her thoughts give her away.  Realistically, even though Thor Odinson is searching among all the women he knows, including Asgardians such as Sif, we, the reader, can surmise that the new hero is an American woman (or at least someone raised as an American).  That leaves out female characters such as Sif or Amora (Asgardians), his long-lost sister Angela (raised in the Tenth Realm called Heven), or even some fellow Avengers such as Black Widow or the Scarlet Witch (both born and raised in Europe).  That more or less left Jane Foster and Roz Solomon.  Thor has previously crossed Jane Foster off of the list, as she seems to be in the final stages of her fight with cancer.  That leaves Roz Solomon as our pick for the real identity of the new, Female Thor. Writer Jason Aaron, who is co-creator of both Roz Solomon and the Female Thor (hmmm…) has done an excellent job of guiding the recent tales of multiple Thors for the past year or so.  He has led us on a merry chase (our early money was on Jane Foster…Darn!) to figure out who she is, and now, we may finally know. What do YOU think?  Please comment below.

Roz Solomon

Rosalind “Roz” Solomon-Agent of SHIELD Biography

Rosalind  “Roz” Solomon-Agent of SHIELD Biography   Roz Solomon is a unique character in the Marvel Universe.  She is an Environmental SHIELD Agent, meaning that her assignments take her up against environmental threats such as Roxxon, a multi-national energy company. Roz Solomon Punching Dario Agger, CEO of Roxxon Her first appearance came in Thor: God of Thunder #12, where she is seen at the graduation ceremony/reception for new SHIELD agents.  Rosalind Solomon is one of those new SHIELD academy grads, and she had posted a video invitation for Thor to join her at the ceremony.  Since Asgard has not hooked up to the internet yet, had to be informed by Tony Stark of the invitation.  Thor, who had only recently returned to Midgard (Earth), gladly showed up.  Solomon, who trained to be an environmental investigator for SHIELD, tells Thor that she wants him to help her save the Earth.  Thor, not knowing what an Environmentalist is, asks her to dance, instead. Roz Solomon and Thor Dance in Thor: God of Thunder #12 Later in this issue, Thor does arrive on scene to help Agent Solomon, who has been assigned to SHIELD’s Environmental Investigation Team,  as she tries to connect the discovery of a whale graveyard in Antarctica to a deep-sea mining operation by Roxxon. In later issues of Thor: God of Thunder, Roz Solomon helps Thor deal with Roxxon and the evil CEO of the company, Dario Agger, as Agger buys the town of Broxton (which sits just next to the floating realm of Asgardia), in order to tick off Thor and provoke a battle that would enable Agger to file a lawsuit against Thor.  As we see in the battle scenes in Broxton, Roz Solomon is one tough cookie, as she uses her SHIELD training, high tech weapons, and innate fighting skills to bring down multiple Trolls (working for Ulik the Troll, who is in turn working for Agger and Roxxon), saving lives, and managing to survive the whole thing.  And along the way, everyone starts referring to her as “Thor’s new girlfriend,” despite the fact that she keeps denying that she and Thor are in a relationship. Roz Solomon Shooting Trolls Roz Solomon was put on the list compiled by Thor Odinson as he tries to figure out who the new, Female Thor may be in real life.  At this point (as of Thor #7), it is undetermined if Roz Solomon is the new Thor, though quite a bit of evidence points in that direction.       Rosalind “Roz”  Solomon First Appearance of Roz Solomon: Thor: God of Thunder #12 (2013) Roz Solomon Created by: Jason Aaron and Nic Klein Affiliations of Roz Solomon: Agent of SHIELD, Subordinate of Phil Coulson, Friend of Thor,  Ally of Asgdaria Roz Solomon Cares About: The Environment of the Earth, Thor Physical Description of Roz Solomon: Female Human with brown hair and blue eyes.  Stands 5′ 2″ tall      

Male Thor and Female Thor in Ultron Forever #1

Female Thor Enemies Page Update After Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

The page dealing with the Enemies, Foes, Villains, and Antagonists of the new, Female Thor, has been updated to reflect her involvement in the new Avengers: Ultron Forever comic book by Marvel.  Written by Al Ewing and drawn by Alan Davis, this is a time-travel tale that brings together Avenges from different timelines (including a Mjolnir-wielding version of the male Thor) and this team includes our new, female Thor. Avengers Ultron Forever #1 Attack Doom An interesting point is that, to our knowledge, the new female Thor has not yet been considered or recognized as an actual member of the Avengers in the regular timeline.  Hmm…Mayhap this be a foreshadowing?   Anyway, pop over to our page on female Thor’s Rogues Gallery for the update on who she fights in Avengers: Ultron Forever, and check out our review of that comic book.

The New Female Thor

The New Female Thor: Villains, Enemies, Rogues, and Antagonists

The New Female Thor: Villains,  Enemies, Rogues, and Antagonists With the advent of the new female Thor, the obsessive comic book geek in all of us now has an opportunity to track her battles with her various foes.  One of the terms used in comic book collecting and comic book reading is the word “completist.”  In a collector of comic books, that means someone who seeks to collect or possess a complete run of a title or a character’s appearances.  In terms of reading and making lists (which is a corollary to the collectivist urge), many fans like to be somewhat obsessive when it comes to tracking things like character appearances, battle, and enemies.   Thor #4 Cover This page is devoted to the goal of keeping track of all of the new female Thor’s antagonists (to use a literary term).  That means that if she fights someone, or someone’s henchmen, lackeys, monsters, or other proxy, that antagonistic character will also be listed.  On occasion, heroes fight each other, either out of stupidity, being possessed, being tricked, and so on.  In those cases, the good guy or gal will also be listed as an antagonist.  For example, when old, male Thor tries to defeat the new, female Thor in battle, he earned  a spot in this list. As does Odin, who sicced his evil brother and the metallic Destroyer on our Thunder Goddess. The system we use will be fairly simple.  The character’s name, the comic book issues in which the conflict occurred, and any notes needed for clarification. NOTE:  Unless otherwise indicated all references to Thor comic book titles refer to the fourth volume of Thor comics begun in October of 2014. Absorbing Man –Thor #5 Cul Borson– Thor #6, #7 (Cul, the brother of Odin, possess the Destroyer Armor) Dario Agger (The Minotaur)– #2, #3, #4, #6, #7 Destroyer — Thor #6, #7 Dr. Doom–Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Malekith– Thor #1, #2, #3, #4, #6, #7 Frost Giants– Thor  #1, #2, #3, #4  (working in alliance with Malekith) Roxxon — Thor  #1, #2,  #6, #7 (under the control of Dario Agger, as the CEO of Roxxon) Odin– Thor #6, #7 Thor Odinson — Thor #4 (He wants his hammer back) Thor #4 Hammer Tap Titania– Thor #5 Ulik the Troll– Thor #2, #4 (Ulik serves as an employee of Dario Agger and Roxxon) Ultron– Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Ultron’s Thor– Avengers: Ultron Forever #1   Thor #2 Cover     Notes on the Female Thor’s Enemies: -In Thor #6, Darrio Agger and Malekith form an official alliance.  Agger also reveals the origin of his becoming the Minotaur. –In Thor #5, Odin decides to send his brother, Cul Borson, to Midgard with the Destroyer Armor to take back Mjolnir from female Thor.  They arrive at the end of issue #6 in the midst of Thor’s fight with a Roxxon security detail. –In Avengers: Ultron Forever #1the Female Thor joins other time-displaced Avengers (hmmm..implying that she IS an Avenger, eh?) and briefly battles someone who ‘appears’ to be Dr. Doom.  Later in that issue, she joins Thor Odinson in fighting Ultron’s Thor lackey. –In Thor #7, the Destroyer (possessed, in the mystical sense, by Cul Boreson),  arrives in the middle of a battle between Thor and Roxxon forces.  In one scene, we see Cul on a floor in Odin’s palace as he mentally controls the Destroyer.  Odin stands above him giving him orders.  Regarding Dario Agger and Malekith, while they are not physically engaged in the Thor/Roxxon/Destroyer battle, they are listed as Thor issue #7 villains, as Agger is the Roxxon boss and he and Malekith are allies.  Plus, they go off to one of the Realms, called Alfheim, to kill Light Elves. Female Thor vs. The Destroyer in Thor #7  

Thor vs Thor-Tap Dat

Tap Dat: Thor vs. Thor

Thor vs Thor-Tap Dat Here is a little piece of the drama between the new female Thor (whose real identity is still unknown through Thor #5 (2015), but here is a great piece of interaction between old, male, and hammerless Thor and the new, female, hammer-holding Thor.  This panel is from Thor #4, where the two Thors meet and, err, let us say, they end up having a disagreement over who should wield the enchanted Uru hammer named Mjolnir.  Note the weapon that Thor DOES possess in this comic.  This huge battleaxe is named  Jarnbjorn, (yes, the Asgardians tend to name their weapons).  This is the weapon that, in Marvel Comics continuity, Thor used in the good old days before he came to possess Mjolnir. The artwork, by the way, in these first four issues of the new Thor comic book series featuring the new female Thor, is by Marvel artist Russell Dauterman.  Check out Dauterman’s website if you want to see a collection of his work.  Dauterman’s work on the Thor series, and the way he drew the new Thor is nearly flawless.  Note that she is NOT shown as some super-bosomy, half-naked bimbo, but is wearing a functional outfit that has the “Thor feel” without directly mimicing the usual Thor attire. Jharnbjorn, also referred to as “The Wrecker of Worlds,” made its first appearance in Thor: God of Thunder #1 (December, 2012)

The New Female Thor

Female Thor Image Gallery

The new, female Thor has grabbed the attention of the male Thor, and many other heroes, by grabbing the shaft…of Thor’s enchanted Uru hammer, Mjolnir.  In this gallery of images from the first four issues  of the new Thor comics book series, we look at the new Thor, her battles, and her encounter with the old, rather angry, and hammer-less male Thor (now referred to as the Odinson). Sit back and enjoy this Thor image gallery.  Be sure to click through to the next Thor image in sequence… The New Female Thor   Thor Female Image This is one of the images of the new female Thor released by Marvel when they first made the announcement of the switch from old, male Thor to the new female Thor.   Thor #1 (2014) Variant Cover by Pichelli Variant Cover of Thor #1 (2014) by artist Sara Pichelli   Thor #2 Cover The new female Thor takes on the Frost Giants in Thor #2.  Art by Russell Dauterman. Thor #2 New Thor Transformed into Thor, and wondering what is going on.  Note the spoken word balloons are in “Asgardian” English, while the thought balloons are clearly in “American” English.  Dost there lie a clue as to the identity of yon fair maiden?   Thor #3 Cover Thor #3 Cover     Thor #4 Cover Thor #4- The one where the old, male Thor fights the new, female Thor.  See our review of Thor #4.       Thor #4 Hammer Tap   Thor #4-Thor taps Odinson on the chest with his own hammer!  Bring it on!  

Thor #4 Cover

Thor #4 Comic Book Review-Old, Male Thor vs. New, Female Thor

This fourth issue of Thor, featuring the new, female Thor, finally gives the readers the fight they knew was coming: Thor vs. Thor! Thor #4 Cover That is, the old, male Thor, who is quite unhappy with losing his hammer, and the new, female Thor, who is still learning how to be a Goddess of Thunder, but is not lacking in cajones, as it were… Thor #4 provides us some needed backstory to what happened to old Thor after Malekith chopped off Thor’s arm way back in Thor #1.  We first see the old, armless Thor in recovery back in Asgardia, being tended to by Asgardian healers, and being lectured to by his dear old dad, the cantankerous Odin.  The All-Father relates that Thor’s goat brought him home after he lost the arm (Thor, not the goat), and that he, Odin, is pretty steamed that a woman has stolen Mjolnir!  Odin  and Thor both seem a lot more upset at losing the hammer than the lost arm. Writer Jason Aaron captures the family dynamic between Thor, Odin, and Freyja perfectly.  This issue shows that Thor and Odin are actually quite alike in being obsessive and easily angered.  They are also both quite stubborn, which leads Thor to once again ignore dad’s wishes as he again heads to Midgard to do battle.  Oh, and we finally see the origin of the new metal arm that old Thor is sporting.  Aaron again does not forget to tie in the Marvel Asgardians with the old-time flavor of the Norse myths and lore. When male Thor appears on Roxxon Island, where the new, female Thor is facing down Frost Giants, Malekith, Dario Agger (The Minotaur), and Ulik the Troll, you would think that male Thor would get all medieval on his old foes (especially the one who still carries his severed arm around his neck), but noooo…male Thor has eyes and hatred only for the female Thor, whom he accuses of being a thief.  Demanding back his hammer, Thor is met with steely resolve and Asgardian-like language from his female rival. In this reviewer’s opinion, the best part of this comic (in terms of Aaron’s writing), is when female Thor taps male Thor on the chest as she chides him about the hammer wanting her.  You know the fight is on at this point. Thor #4 Hammer Tap While the old hero vs. hero meme is often over-done in comics, this one is necessary, and, frankly, pretty cool.  At the end, male Thor accepts that the hammer has chosen the woman (whose true identity is still unknown),  and declares her to be the new Thor.  He takes the identity of Odinson.  All this takes place in front of the Avengers, quite a few Asgardians, and his mom, Freyja. One of our ongoing complaints involving Marvel’s recent run of stories, has been the lack of coordination between the various titles.  Meaning, in this case, that the metal-armed, and axe-wielding Odinson has appeared all over the Marvel Universe, as well as the question of who the new Thor is (see a great reference to this in the new SHIELD series), we only now see how everyone knows of her and of Thor’s new identity as the Odinson.  We pine for those long-ago days when Stan Lee or Roy Thomas, or whoever the editor was at the time, would leave little editorial breadcrumbs for the reader to know which other issues and titles to go to for the timeline continuity or to find out when something had occurred.  Marvel really needs to work on bringing that piece of their culture back into the fold. Regarding the art in this issue (and the whole run of these Thor comics), Russell Dauterman’s art has been perfect! His visualizations and concept of the new, female Thor have been excellent and are to be especially noted for not over-sexualizing her or giving her one of the typically impractical comic-book costumes that female characters seem to wear that show off cleavage or whatnot. If you like Thor (male or female), or just a good story with great art, pick up this series!

A Thor Fan’s Take on the New Female Thor

A Thor Fan’s Take on the New Female Thor   After reading the new Thor #1 (2014), which by the way, is the fourth volume of Thor titles in Marvel history, this long-time Thor fan has a few thoughts to share on the new, female version of Thor who appeared in the last page of this new book.   This is not a review of the story, art, or writing.  For that, I recommend you read a great review of the new Thor issue by Nick Tylwalk.  No, this article is about my reaction as a long-time fan of Thor, his Avengers, and Marvel in general. Thor #1 Variant Cover by Pichelli A few months ago, Marvel managed to get tons of free publicity for several of their titles by making announcements in popular media outlets of significant character changes due to hit in October of 2014. Captain America would be black, and Thor would be a woman.  Omigosh, you would think from all the uproar that ensued that we were discussing real people! Thoughts on the Captain America switch are best left for another day (especially since I have not read that comic yet), because today, we will talk about Thor.  The new Thor.  The female Thor who now wields the mystic uru hammer Mjolnir. First, a little historical background on Thor and Marvel. Way back in 1962, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby conceived and gave birth to the Marvel Comics version of the fabled Norse god Thor.  Since Thor was imagined as a superhero (complete with a scarlet cape!) he needed a secret identity or alter ego.  Lee and Kirby came up with a human mortal named Dr. Donald Blake,  a surgeon on vacation in Norway.  Blake, who is physically “lame,” (the term disabled was not in vogue in the early 1960s), discovers a wooden stick.  When he struck the stick on the ground with force, he was mystically transformed into the Norse god Thor.  When Thor strikes his hammer, named Mjolnir, upon the ground, he transforms back into Donald Blake. Both Blake and Thor are aware of this transformation.  By the way, this transformation, complete with lightning and thunder, was a clear rip-off of the old Captain Marvel/Shazam theme from the then publisher of that character, Fawcett Comics. In those comics, a kid named Billy Batson spoke the magic word “Shazam,” and was magically transformed into the super-powerful Captain Marvel. Thor vs. Captain Marvel/Shazam In later issues, it is revealed that Thor had become overly arrogant and full of himself, so his father, Odin, sent him to earth (or Midgard as the Norse gods call earth), in the form of a crippled human in order to learn humility.  Thor and Blake shared this transformative relationship for some time, but later Marvel writers chose to mix things up a bit. Over the years, Thor has been melded with other mortals besides Don Blake.  Eric Masterson and Jake Olson have both wielded the hammer and actually have been Thor.  And, in several instances, other humans and other beings (most notably the alien Beta Ray Bill), have used the hammer and been imbued with the power of the Norse Thunder god.  So, using history as the guide, there is ample precedent in the Marvel Universe for a being other than the traditional Thor Odinson to possess the hammer, powers, and persona of Thor. Which brings us to the current issue of Thor, in which Thor has been deemed unworthy to pick up the hammer and has to resort to picking up a bladed weapon from the Hall of Weapons to use to defend his beloved Midgard from the bad guys.  The last page of this issue shows a woman (I won’t say who, in case you have not read the book yet), stating  “There must always be a Thor,” and we then see a slender female hand grasp the hammer, and we then see a female holding the hammer, wearing a version of the classic Thor outfit, with an identity-hiding helmet on her head. Mjolnir Being Stubborn So what is the big deal here?  When Marvel announced that Thor would be a female, a lot of the public, who, because of the hugely popular Thor and Avengers movie franchise, have only a passing familiarity with the character of Thor.  Many of these people, however, do not know the history of Thor, nor do they understand the dynamics of the hammer and the fact that it can transform anyone into an iteration of Thor.  Thus, we get a lot of uninformed, sometimes bigoted and sexist commentary about how wrong it was for Thor to become a woman.  From conversation this writer had with Thor movie fans, and from readings in popular  social media sites like Facebook, many people assumed that an actual sex/gender change was occurring, and did not understand that any character, male or female could technically (based on the comics history) become Thor. Again, the long-time comics reader most likely understands what could happen to allow a female Thor.  But most “Thor fans” only know him from the movies and/or Avengers animated shows.  It is easy to forget now, that when Marvel started making these movies, they did so with largely second or third-tier characters in terms of actual popularity with the general public.  Traditionally, characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, and the Hulk were well known and far more popular than characters like Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, or Hawkeye.  Heck, until this summer, the Guardians of the Galaxy were fairly unknown.  Marvel probably knew all this when they announced the coming of the female Thor, and this controversy produced scads of free publicity.  It will be very interesting to see the sales figures for this book.  When picking up this Thor #1 at the local comic shop, I was told that this issue had been selling quickly. As a fan of Thor, and as someone with a passing knowledge of Thor’s history, the fact that someone else is turning into Thor is not a shock.  Actually, it is somewhat refreshing that Marvel thought of taking Thor in this direction.  And, as the storyline in this issue of Thor (plus the look at the future Avengers in recent issue of that title), the male character of Thor continues, though without the hammer, along with […]