Finally find out what felled the Odinson with writer Jason Aaron!
WARNING: This article contained SPOILERS for UNWORTHY THOR #5, available now!
As Thor fans know, the Odinson has had a pretty difficult go of it lately. With the loss of his worthiness, he has found himself on a bit of a journey of self-discovery. As UNWORTHY THOR wraps up, we’ll see what this arc means both for his role in the larger Marvel Universe, and his place in the MIGHTY THOR series moving forward.
We chatted with writer Jason Aaron about what lies ahead for the Odinson.
Marvel.com: UNWORTHY THOR has forced the Odinson to figure out who he is without his worthiness. Can you give us your take on the journey he has gone through?
Jason Aaron: Everything I’ve done over the last few years with making Thor Odinson unworthy and bringing Jane Foster in was about telling a very specific story with her and with a different sort of Thor. But I also wanted to give Thor Odinson his own journey, so I wouldn’t just push him aside. I like the idea of watching him wrestle with his unworthiness and seeing how that changes him, how it makes him a very different sort of character. I think this [limited series] gave us the biggest version of that kind of story that we’ve done. We’ve seen a darker, angrier, very different kind of Thor Odinson.
Marvel.com: Can you tell us a little about your experience writing both UNWORTHY THOR and MIGHTY THOR simultaneously?
Jason Aaron: I love writing Thor. I’ve been doing it for several years now and I have a big pile of Thor stories I’ve wanted to get to. It felt great to have the chance to write two Thor books at once. And to get to work with artists Russell Dauterman and Olivier Coipel at the same time felt like an extravagance of riches. Olivier is already established as one of the best Thor artists ever, and I see Russell rising up the ranks, as well. His art just gets better and better with every arc. And I’ve enjoyed doing these two very different Thor stories at the same time; now we’ll see the two characters collide, and the Odinson’s story will get wrapped up again with Jane Foster’s.
Marvel.com: This is the last issue of the UNWORTHY THOR series; could you tell us a little about what’s next for the Odinson?
Jason Aaron: You can expect to see him pop up in the pages of MIGHTY THOR very soon. He has missed a lot in the time he has been away, so he’ll have a lot to catch up on. And as you can see from the tease at the end of the UNWORTHY THOR #5, we still have more story to tell with the hammer of the Ultimate Thor. After the current MIGHTY THOR arc wraps up, we’ll dive into the story of a brand new Ultimate Thor—yet another very different sort of Thor added to the mix.
Marvel.com: You mentioned the hammer of the Ultimate Thor, which the Odinson encounters in UNWORTHY THOR. What role will it play in his story moving forward?
Jason Aaron: It will have its own big arc, when someone else comes along and picks up the hammer, and gets transformed by it in a different way. This hammer is a little different in that it’s a relic from a dead universe, a holdover from the Ultimate Universe that somehow survived through the events of Secret Wars. The exact nature of that hammer, how it differs from the hammer of Thor in the mainstream Marvel Universe, how it affects someone who wields it, we’ll answer those questions in the pages of MIGHTY THOR.
Marvel.com: In this issue, we finally learn what Nick Fury whispered to the Odinson in Original Sin that made him unworthy. He said, “Gorr was right.” What kind of impact did you hope this reveal would have on the Odinson’s story?
Jason Aaron: The idea with this mystery stretches back to the beginning of my run on Thor. We still see the effects that Thor’s battle with Gorr the God Butcher had on him, and the overall meaning of what Gorr did and why. I think as long as I’m guiding Thor’s ship, that idea of worthiness and what it means to be a god in the Marvel Universe will remain prominent themes. And I think this reveal shows that these questions still plague Thor Odinson, and I don’t expect that to go away anytime soon.
Follow the fate of the Odinson yourself in UNWORTHY THOR #5, on sale now, and in future issues of MIGHTY THOR!
Thor and the Warriors Three go monster hunting!
With so many classic creatures on the loose in Monsters Unleashed, we turn to their earlier adventures thanks to Marvel Unlimited.
Even though those new-fangled super heroes stole the show in the early 60’s, creators like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby still created plenty of monsters for them to fight. That duo did exactly that in a back-up story found in THOR #137 called “The Tragedy of Hogun.”
In this tale from 1967, the title character, while traveling with Fandral, Volstagg, and Thor, came across Saguta, a fellow countryman. With his dying breath, Saguta identified his attacker as Mogul, sending Hogun into a fit of rage at the name’s very mention.
Hogun called out a challenge for Mogul who appeared without fear of the assembled Asgardians. Before a true battle could commence, a giant green hand reached down and snatched up the villain. Said appendage belonged to none other than the Jinni Devil who quickly carried Mogul away.
“Mogul has ever been served by his giant jinni slave—the last of a species whose origin is unknown, but who possesses powers which defy the imagination!” Hogan explained.
Though he intended to track Mogul down on his own, Thor and the other Warriors Three vowed to help their friend in a story that continued on in many a THOR back-up. The Jinni Devil reappeared at the end of the story in issue #139 to take on the Asgardians, carrying over into the next issue.
Fiercely joined, the battle raged as Mogul and his cohorts watched from the underground city of Zandu. One of the rogue’s advisers revealed that “with the fall of night, the temperature doth change the very body fabric of the mindless Jinni!” Another added that this weakness during the dark times lead to the race’s demise.
As shadows fell on the Jinni Devil, it literally disappeared before our heroes’ eyes, leaving them to continue their quest to find Mogul. The creature did reappear in 1994’s THOR #474 in an issue by Roy Thomas and Sandu Florea that recounts the Mogul story while adding new pieces like additional scenes with the Jinni Devil.
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Take a journey back in time to witness the first appearance of the Dark Elf!
Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.
Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman launched a new storyline in this week’s MIGHTY THOR #15 featuring the continued schemes of Malekith as his desire to conquer the 10 Realms lead into the Asgard/Shi’Ar War. As battles rage between gods and aliens, let’s jump back to Malekith’s first foray into villainy.
The most famous resident of Svartalfheim broke out onto the scene in the pages of THOR #344 by the legendary Walt Simonson in 1984 and stuck around to cause problems until issue #349. We’re introduced to Malekith as Balder encounters Loki while on an errand for Odin. The trickster described the Dark Elf as, “He whom Odin did banish to the limbo of endless night so many ages agone.” Balder himself notes that Malekith and his master represent the threat Odin needed to see Loki about.
Malekith quickly discredits Odin and reminds Loki that his step dad regrets adopting the halfling before reminding him, when the old standards come crashing down, there will be plenty for the ruthless to take for themselves. Later, after picking up a sword even though he swore never to do so again, Balder attempts to strike Malekith down, but the villain disappears. “Foolish Balder,” Loki says. “Do you not remember the power of the Dark Elf, to enter the shadows and vanish…to travel where he will and emerge even on the other side of the universe.” With that, Loki tosses aside the letter from Odin explaining that he already agreed to align himself with the son of Svartalfheim.
Over the rest of the arc, Malekith transports himself to Midgard, specifically New York City, where he seeks the Casket of Ancient Winters, which has been guarded for eons by a man named Eric Willis. Though he kills Eric, the duty of protecting the artifact passes down to his son who proves more than adept at the task. To get the cask, the Dark Elf calls the Wild Hunt which sends a legion of monsters after the box and Roger. Not taking kindly to this attack, Thor enters the fray.
Malekith enrages Thor further when he kidnaps his girlfriend Melodi—actually Enchantress’ little sister Lorelei. Aided by Roger, the God of Thunder travels to the villain’s English castle to save his lady but both heroes fall, allowing Malekith to acquire his prize.
Even after Thor seemingly gains the upper hand, Malekith destroys the Casket, loosing magical winter on Earth and allowing the Twilight-wielding Surtur and his demonic minions to break through the dimensional gate that kept them at bay. With his foe unconscious, Thor took Malekith to Asgard and raced off to face this new threat.
Since then the Dark Elf has popped up to continually make life difficult for Thor as well as other heroes like Iron Man, Hercules, and even X-Force. Jason Aaron brought him back to the forefront in THOR: GOD OF THUNDER and has continued developing his machinations since in the pages of THOR and MIGHTY THOR leading directly into the Asgard/Shi’Ar War.
Malekith gained further fame in 2013 after leaping to the big screen in “Thor: The Dark World.” Played by Christopher Eccleston, this version of Malekith woke after years of slumber when Jane Foster accidentally released the Aether. The villain eventually takes the Infinity Stone into himself and battles Thor throughout a variety of dimensions, but falls to the Odinson.
For more Flashback Friday goodness, check back in next week!
Odinson struggles with change.
To begin with a disclaimer, this therapist has a standing policy not to question the divinity of clients who identify as deities from various pantheons until significant evidence makes that a necessity. While this writer has a previously existing therapeutic relationship with the client in question, there remains too little evidence to make contesting his assertions regarding his family line and being the former God of Thunder a therapeutically useful or appropriate choice. His history of claiming to have had multiple mortal forms and names over time is similarly not an area of focus at this time.
The client, Thor Odinson, presents in a markedly different manner than he previously did when seeing this writer. Whereas once he prided himself on his appearance and garb, he arrived to this session slightly late and looking rather disheveled. Additionally, he was not appropriately dressed for session, being shirtless, and took much convincing to put on a sweatshirt staff provided him with, only agreeing to when this writer explained that I would not see him until he did so as I would not see any client who tried to attend session not fully dressed.
As previously established, the client comes from a family rife with interpersonal conflict. Most often, this occurs between he and his adopted brother Loki or, although less often, his father Odin. The client’s current presenting problems do seem to start in the family unit this time as well. However, they are far different than those the client has previously referenced.
In short, the reveal of a secret sister, Angela, sparked a chain of events that saw the client stripped of his mystical hammer Mjolnir because he became unworthy to carry it and a new figure, a woman whose identity Odinson remains ignorant of, tapped to become the carrier of the weapon. The client has anger towards his parents for hiding his sister from his knowledge and towards his mother for what he suspects as her role in passing the hammer along to a new God of Thunder.
The hammer, however, appears to be the far bigger cause of the client’s presenting concerns. Since losing it, he has been consumed by his need to reclaim it and his full power. Consumed to the point that even a traumatic physical injury—the loss of his arm—has made less of an impact on his personal sense of well-being then the loss of Mjolnir and the title of “God of Thunder.”
As a result, the client has become both obsessed and unfocused. He seems to be thrashing about, reaching for any solution but unable to plan or consider his options. Odinson is all reactivity, no introspection or evaluation.
While, in the past, I have pointed out that despite his tremendous size and strength and his general disconnect from modern society, Odinson is capable of great thought and insight, this series of events seems to have robbed him of that ability. He has become defined by his desire; his personality, his intelligence, subsumed by it.
Before working on his concern, then, this therapist feels the client must be able to process and integrate the trauma of the event. Therefore, the current treatment plan is focused on cognitive processing and distress tolerance, in the hopes that Odinson can begin to think and act in a more integrated and personally helpful manner.
For further information on Thor Odinson and evidence of this writer’s conclusions, please refer to Doctors Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel’s report, available for review on February 1 in the academic journal UNWORTHY THOR #4.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is an Outpatient Therapist who has never claimed to be a god. Out loud any way.
The hatred of billions funneled into one horrible beast!
With so many classic creatures on the loose in Monsters Unleashed, we turn to their earlier adventures thanks to Marvel Unlimited.
In 1968, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby pitted Thor against one of his greatest and most monstrous foes: Mangog! Ulik discovered the place where Odin buried the creature in the pages of THOR #154. The troll remembered the basic history of Mangog after finding where Thor’s dad hid the being in his Odin-Cave. He said that it held the last of an alien race that “almost succeeded in destroying Asgard itself!”
Once freed, Mangog immediately stated his intention to take out those responsible for squashing his people’s invasion. Ulik realized he screwed up in freeing the creature. To make up for it, he sent a warning to Thor and the other Asgardians.
In the following issue Mangog tore through a trio of Storm Giants before bursting through the very walls of Asgard and taking on its forces directly. Along the way he explained that, when Odin destroyed the invading space race, they funneled the power of billions into one being: Mangog.
Thor finally met his foe at the end of #155, but the real battle began in #156 and carried through into #157. The Odinson fought against the beast valiantly both alone and alongside his fellow Asgardians. Mangog even grasped the gigantic Odinsword, about to unleash Ragnarok when Odin awoke from the Odinsleep to negate the previous spell that created the beast in the first place. In doing so, the god king brought those souls back to life.
Though that may have seemed like the end of Mangog, he continues to pop up from time to time to hassle Thor and his pals. Resurrected by everyone from the mystic Igron to a clone of Thanos, each ensuing version of Mangog usually ends up on the wrong end of Odin or Thor’s wrath.
Forget about Thor, meet Thorr in our next installment!
Beta Ray Bill’s Coolest Moments
Beta Ray Bill’s Coolest Moments
Beta Ray Bill, that hammer wielding Korbinite hero, has long been a favorite of fans and creators alike. Case in point, Space Horse has been popping up in UNWORTHY THOR, including #3 coming out January 4.
If you find yourself in the dark about the appeal of ol’ Bill, no worries. We have some of his coolest moments here for your perusal so you can catch up on what the rest of comicdom already knows!
There exists few more eye catching ways to make your debut than beating Thor on a plummeting space ship, saving the Thunder God’s life when he goes unconscious, and then proving yourself worthy to lift Mjolnir which turns you into an alien Thunder God. Bill did all that in under 30 pages.
DEFEATING THOR HEAD TO HEAD
Odin has proven to be kind of a in the box thinker over the years and solving the problem of who should wield Mjolnir demonstrated that reality. The All-Father, when faced with two individuals worthy of the hammer, considered his options and decided the best way to figure things out lay in having Beta Ray and Thor pound on each other until one fell unconscious. In the end, Bill once more proved triumphant in Space Horse v. Thunder God combat but truly confirmed his worthiness by saving the unconscious Odinson from a lava bath.
In the end, rather than strip his son of the title of Thunder God to give it to an alien, Odin cheated a bit and just awarded Bill a hammer of his own, the aptly named Stormbreaker.
LEADING THE EARTH
With the Asgardians heroes taking the fight right to the demon Surtur, humanity found itself largely without leadership to repel Surtur’s followers on Midgard. Until, of course, Beta Ray Bill took up the challenge. Despite being an alien of very unusual appearance and largely unfamiliar to human beings worldwide, Bill marshalled Earth’s heroes and helped successfully end the on the surface demon threat with few causalities.
SACRIFICE TO STOP THE BEASTS
During his brief time with the Canadian super team known as Omega Flight, Beta Ray Bill and his teammates found themselves up against the mythic Great Beasts. With a solution discovered to imprison the demonic hordes, all that remains is one Flight-er to be left behind the other realm. Despite the plan hinging on Shaman’s medicine bag, Bill refuses to let someone else be trapped while he remains free. Thus, into the portal with the demons he plunges, committing himself to fighting demons over and over until someone can free him.
STOPPING THE GODKILLERS
In the midst of SECRET INVASION, Thor and Beta Ray Bill must take on a special cadre of Super Skrulls named the “God Killers.” As one might expect from the name, these Skrulls have been created specifically to combat Asgardians. With several of them taking on only Thor and Bill, the deck is stacked against our heroes. Nonetheless, the duo stand firm and though Bill nearly falls into the battle, they eventually fid themselves able to hoist their hammers in triumph.
Staying one step ahead of the Eater of Worlds, Beta Ray Bill continues to deny Galactus food by evacuating worlds and destroying them just before the Big G can feed. Even while taking on Silver Surfer and Galactus’s newest herald Stardust, the Korbinite refuses to back down until it becomes clear that killing the Eater will harm far more than it helps.
Mighty Thor by Steve Epting
The superstar artist returns to interior pencils at Marvel with the Goddess of Thunder!
He’s done extended runs on CAPTAIN AMERICA and more, but now it’s time for Steve Epting to cross the Rainbow Bridge and draw the crown jewel of Asgardia!
On November 16, Epting will join MIGHTY THOR writer Jason Aaron for a two-part story kicking off in issue #13. In the arc, Thor, Sif, and Angela travel the cosmos in an attempt to reform the League of Realms as a way to stop Malekith.
We talked with Epting about returning to Marvel, working with Aaron, and the continued influence of Jack Kirby on the fantastical characters he created.
Marvel.com: It’s been a few years since you played in the Marvel sandbox as an interior artist. Aside from an all-new Thor, were there any big visual changes that took some getting used to?
Steve Epting: Well obviously it’s a big change for me to go from drawing [creator-owned project] Velvet, which is a 70’s cold war spy thriller, to MIGHTY THOR, a mythological fantasy book. That’s a great thing though, to be able to switch gears and work on a wide variety of material. I have not had the opportunity to do much fantasy stuff so it’s fun to have a different challenge and try some new things artistically.
Marvel.com: Jason’s Thor books have had really interesting spins on fantasy and mythology. Does drawing that kind of comic offer you new challenges as an artist?
Steve Epting: Yes, it’s been really fun diving into this very cool and different world. It’s also quite a challenge juggling so many characters in the League of Realms, none of which I’ve ever drawn before with the exception of Sif. There are lots of complicated costumes to try to keep straight as well, but I’m enjoying all of it!
Marvel.com: While on the subject of Jason, how has it been collaborating with him so far?
Steve Epting: It’s been great. The scripts are great fun and he absolutely gives me everything I need. Hopefully I’m doing justice to them!
Marvel.com: There are obvious physical differences between this new Thor and the previous one, but what are the similarities that carry through?
Steve Epting: Jack Kirby created such great iconography for his version of Thor so that when you see the silver winged helmet, the red cape and of course the hammer it automatically says “Thor” no matter who is wearing it. When I’m drawing the character I don’t think “female Thor,” it’s just Thor!
Marvel.com: As you mentioned before, the story features a new League of Realms. Did this involve designing any new characters or putting new spins on old ones?
Steve Epting: There are some new characters, but I did not have a hand in designing any of them. That was all done by Russell Dauterman and I’m glad he was the one to do it. His design sense is one of the strongest aspects of look and feel of the book and even if our styles may be different, at least it’s consistently his characters I’m drawing while I’m filling in.
Steve Epting soars with the gods in MIGHTY THOR #13 with Jason Aaron on November 16.