This week Marvel Comics announced a new female God of Thunder series Thor, written by Jason Aaron and art done by Russell Dauterman. In the new series coming this October, Marvel will make a big change in direction by replacing the current Son of Odin who is the mighty holder of the hammer(Mjölnir), with a female hero.
The big question now is who is she? Where did she come from? And what history does she have in connection to Asgard? As of right now there’s not much to go on about her origins but according to an article on IGN.com she was once saved by Thor in a previous comic issue. She won’t be taking on any similar names like She-Thor, Lady Thor or Thorita, her name is THOR. Her costume is very similar to the original Thor, but incorporates a metal mask to hide her identity. Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
So what happens now with the original Thor is the question everyone is asking. Well according to IGN.com “The original Thor will still be operating in the Marvel Universe, however. He will now be wielding his magical god-slaying ax Jarnbjorn, which he used back in his younger days. We got a tease that something like this might happen when Marvel revealed the cover to Avengers #35, which shows a notably different looking Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. With these big changes hitting Thor, what could be in store for the other two of the “big three”?”
For those out there in the comic world remember “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”