Artist Christian Ward joins writer Jason Aaron for Thor's futuristic journey!
At the very end of THOR #1 was a promise that the All-Grandfather’s cosmic adventure would continue in THOR #5, which will go on sale September 19. While there will be plenty of Thor to hold readers over until then, THOR #5 will not just continue writer Jason Aaron’s epic tale, it will also carry on Christian Ward’s amazing artwork! Marvel.com asked Aaron about what we can expect from the upcoming story, and Ward shared his creative inspirations and what it’s like to draw Thor as an aging god.
If you’ve read THOR #1, you know that a very famous mutant made a surprise appearance at the very end. Wolverine, also as an old man, and also possessed by the Phoenix Force, showed up while Thor was sailing through the dying universe. But Jason Aaron’s plans for Thor and Old Man Logan’s new incarnation may not be what you’re expecting — and they certainly won’t be alone:
“When [Thor] goes looking for answers and runs into his old friend Wolverine, a very, very Old Man Logan who’s now in possession of the Phoenix force, Thor figures he’s found an ally in his quest to save creation. But it’s not quite that simple. By reigniting the fires of life on Earth, Thor has drawn the attention of some dark cosmic forces. If you thought Old Man Phoenix was wild, just wait until you see who else is about to join the party.”
While creating a look for THOR, Christian Ward drew inspiration from a number of sources from “1970s rock album cover artwork” to other comic artists including Moebius, Frank Quietly, and Bill Sienkiewicz. He also cited “illustrators like Roger Dean but equally fine artists like Gustav Klimt.” He added: “I used to be more of a fine art painter, and one of the things I love about space scenes is that they feel more like big canvas paintings with masses of swirling colors and layers of textures.” Citing his past work on BLACK BOLT, Ward said Jack Kirby was also a big inspiration since he “wanted the universe to feel huge with endless color and possibility.” To capture not just an older Thor but an older universe, he wanted the latter to seem “dead and empty yet still interesting” and used oil and rust for color themes.
As for drawing an elderly Thor, Ward said that “[d]rawing old faces is always easier. Lines in someones face tell their story.” He added that with this part of Thor’s story taking place “untold eons from now,” that is a very long story. Ward continued: “Beyond just being old, Thor’s tired so I wanted him to feel heavy. (His armor is a great way to emphasis that too!) But at the same time he’s more powerful than he’s ever been, so all that power’s built up in him like a powder keg. We’re going to see some of that explosive power in #5 and it’s been really good fun to bring it crackling to life.”
With the appearance by a Phoenix-possessed Wolverine at the end of THOR #1, THOR #5 promises to be a tale of galactic proportions!
THOR #5, written by Jason Aaron with art by Christian Ward, goes on sale September 19! Contact your local comic shop to pre-order your copy!
Preview this week's new Marvel Comics!
Rejoice! Marvel’s The Pull List is here!
Celebrate THOR #1 with a new episode of the podcast, in which Tucker and guest-host Jamie Frevele preview June 13’s new comic releases including THOR, DOMINO, EXILES, VENOM, and all the other books that’ll be waiting for you in stores on New Comic Book Day!
Watch the video version of Marvel’s The Pull List above, then dive into the full audio episode below.
Check out the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:
MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (6/13/18)
• DARTH VADER #17
• DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #1
• DOMINO #3
• EXILES #4
• HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #2
• INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK #2
• MARVEL 2-IN-ONE ANNUAL #1
• MARVEL RISING: ALPHA #1
• NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #4
• OLD MAN LOGAN #41
• PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #305
• THE PUNISHER #226
• QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #2
• S.H.I.E.L.D. BY HICKMAN & WEAVER #6
• SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #34
• STAR WARS: THRAWN #5
• THOR #1
• THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #33
• VENOM #2
• X-MEN: BLUE #29
• TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART #1
• TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – ON THE TRAIL OF THE SPIDER-MAN #1
• THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
• DAKOTA NORTH: DESIGN FOR DYING
• DEFENDERS VOL. 2: KINGPINS OF NEW YORK
• INVINCIBLE IRON MAN: IRONHEART VOL. 2 – CHOICES
• MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ANT-MAN/GIANT-MAN VOL. 3 (HC)
• MIGHTY THOR VOL. 5: THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR (HC)
• MS. MARVEL VOL. 4 (HC)
• THOR EPIC COLLECTION: WORLDENGINE
ON THE MARVEL APP
• BLACK GOLIATH (1976) #2-5
• DAKOTA NORTH (1986) #1-5
• MARVEL FEATURE (1971) #4-9
• AVENGERS/SQUADRON SUPREME ANNUAL ’98 #1
• AVENGERS: THE CONTEST
• FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: WALT SIMONSON VOL. 1
• FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: WALT SIMONSON VOL. 2
• FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: WALT SIMONSON VOL. 3
• THOR: THE WARRIORS THREE
FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED
• AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. ALPHA #1
• ASTONISHING X-MEN #6
• AVENGERS #674
• AVENGERS/SQUADRON SUPREME ANNUAL (1998) #1
• BLACK BOLT #8
• CAPTAIN AMERICA #696
• CAPTAIN MARVEL (1989) #1
• CAPTAIN MARVEL (1994) #1
• DARTH VADER #9
• DOCTOR STRANGE #382
• GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #148
• HAWKEYE #13
• ICEMAN #8
• INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #5
• IRON FIST #75
• MARVEL FEATURE (1971) #10-4
• MASTER OF KUNG FU (1974) #49-39
• POWER PACK (1984) #46
• SPIDER-MAN #235
• SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #3
• THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #23
• THOR: THE LEGEND (1996) #1
• WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (1985) #37
• X-MEN: GOLD #17
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Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo take the helm!
This June, the Odinson regains his mantle.
THOR #1, written by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Del Mundo, sees the start of a new mission for the God of Thunder. The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the Earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths…Like the production cost of hundreds of new hammers! And he’ll need every last one of them if he’s going to stop the unstoppable when none other than the Juggernaut joins the fray.
Emerging from his landmark run on MIGHTY THOR, Jason Aaron is ready for this fresh take: “On the one hand, I still feel like I’m writing the same Thor story that began six years ago in the pages of THOR GOD OF THUNDER #1. But at the same time, GOD OF THUNDER had a very different look and feel and focus than Jane Foster’s story,” he explains. “And even though Thor Odinson is now reclaiming his mantle, this new volume will also be going in a very different direction. Thor has a completely new status-quo. Actually the entire landscape of his corner of the Marvel Universe has been changed in the wake of the ‘Death of the Mighty Thor’ arc in MIGHTY THOR. But there’s still a War of the Realms raging, and Thor isn’t looking to stand on the sidelines.”
Thor #1 Cover by Mike Del Mundo
The writer continues, “The thing I’m most excited about though is getting to work with Mike Del Mundo again. I loved the beautiful craziness he brought to the page when we did WEIRDWORLD together, and things are even wilder and more beautiful here. There just aren’t many artists in comics today whose work I love and admire more than Mike’s, so I feel incredibly fortunate to be launching this new direction for Thor with Mike by my side.”
And Del Mundo is ready for the action as well: “I’m super excited about this new journey! Working with Jason on WEIRDWORLD was so much fun and badassery and I’m getting that same excitedness and feels with this new THOR series—with added thunder!”
Prepare for THOR #1, by Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo, on June 13! And stay up-to-date with all the exciting news coming from Marvel Comics at marvel.com/marvel2018comics!