Thor #1 Preview Pages: Female Thor Takes Up the Hammer

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 12:09PM
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Monday, 29 September 2014 - 12:09PM
Thor #1 Preview Pages: Female Thor Takes Up the Hammer

The anticipated/controversial new female incarnation of Thor will prove herself worthy of Mjolnir in the upcoming Thor #1, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Russell Dauterman

 

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Check out the first four pages of the first issue below:

 

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In this issue, an as-yet-unnamed woman will take up the mantle of Thor after the previous Thor was rendered unworthy to wield his mystical hammer during the course of the Original Sin comics. As a result, the famous inscription on the Mjolnir will change from "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor" to "Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." (We would suggest that it should have just been changed to something gender-neutral if we were in a quibbling mood.)

 

According to Aaron, the first issue will largely revolve around Thor's attempts to discover which of the women in his life has been deemed "worthy" by Mjolnir. "The Odinson, the previous version of Thor, he's going to look at all the women around him and start to try to figure out which one of [them] is running around with [his] hammer. It's a suspect list that's going to include his mother, Freyja, who plays a big role in [the first issue]; Roz Solomon, who is Thor's new love interest and also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent; [his] ex-girlfriend Jane Foster; and Sif [who is a big part of the movies]."

 

Aaron called the initial reaction to the gender swap "disappointing": "There has been some grumbling that seems to mostly revolve around the fact that it's a female character we're replacing Thor with. I think if we just said somebody else is going to pick up the hammer of Thor - it's just this other dude - I don't think we would've gotten quite the same response." Unless he were black, that is. 

 

"But for me, that part's a little washed out by the response on the flip side, where you've got tons of people who are excited about the idea of a female character at the head of this book, and who are excited to pick the book up who haven't been reading it before."

 

Aaron also assures readers that the character will not be tokenized, that she won't just be "female Thor," but will be a complex character in her own right: "To me, it's not just about the idea of 'let's change Thor into a woman and figure it out as we go.' It's about who is that character underneath the mask and what's her story... If I didn't have that part, this would be pretty hollow... Once we find out who she really is, the real story begins."

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