Get thee to thine nearest comic book store, Chronic readers! For the newest edition of Thor, the one that has had the Internet abuzz for weeks now, has arrived!
What is so special about this edition of Thor?
This Thor happens to be a lady.
Now, she is not Lady-Thor, or She-Thor, or Thorina, or Thorabella, or any other feminized Thor version. Nope, she’s just plain old Thor, Goddess of Thunder.
Pretty cool, right?
I think so.
I’m not going to rehash the arguments that the Internet has been having (Seriously, man-child readers of comics- Get. A. Flipping. Grip.). Instead, I’m going to encourage you to go out and pick up a copy for one simple reason.
Reading comic books is really fun.
I have always liked Superheroes, though I admit certain Princess-themed things held my attention more when I was little (Does the Little Mermaid count as a superhero? I feel like she totally had the right attitude to be one…you know, until she sold her voice to a sea witch to get a guy to like her. Face. Palm. #GetWithItAriel). When I was in high school, the first X-Men movies came out. I didn’t see the original in the theater, but picked it up on a whim at the Hollywood Video (#So.Old.Iknow) one day when I was sick, yet again.
That movie, simply titled X-Men, was a revelation. Something about it opened up a whole section of my brain; and I have been filling it up with as much hero-themed knowledge as I can get my hands on ever since.
I’m a Marvel girl, and, not to knock this post about Thor, a die-hard Captain America fan. If they ever pass the Cap’ mantle to a lady, my head might explode. Captain Marvel (read the Kelly Sue DeConnick version) is cool and all, but Captain America is kind of the be all and end all of Marvel-dom.
Anyway, Thor, this post is about Thor.
Thor is high up there on my favorites list. If you actually read the comics, which you should, Thor is pretty great, because no matter what story the author is telling, there is a certain style that remains. When Thor is himself, in all his god of Asgard glory, his dialogue is spoken in an Old English dialect and typed in a special font (which WordPress doesn’t seem to want me to share with you…). Even when Thor appears in Avengers or other titles, his dialogue will be written this way. No other hero has such an individualized and consistent shtick. (Sorry, sometimes the only way to describe something is to do it in Yiddish.)
The way comic books work is that pretty much any writer can come along and create an entire storyline with a known title character, and have it exist in a vacuum where only the facts of that storyline count. There is, for instance, a very unfortunate storyline called “Death of Captain America.” That doesn’t mean Cap’ is dead across the board (Thank Odin!), just in that story.
So, in this shiny new Thor story, blond haired, blue-eyed, muscle-man Thor is no longer worthy of wielding his Hammer. Someone, who happens to be female, comes along and is able to lift the Hammer, and so is granted the power of Thor.
This is one of the main reasons that I love Marvel comics so much.
Characters in their universe are usually made, not born, which is an important distinction in my opinion. They have extraordinary circumstances thrust upon them, and it’s what they do in response that makes them heroic (or villainous- the Fantastic Four’s Dr. Doom, anyone?).
With a character like Thor, who was born special (a Norse god of the land of Asgard), it’s important to have a story element that makes him also have to prove his heroism, so that he doesn’t just get all bigheaded when people commend him for lifting cars off of trapped children like it’s nothing (*cough* Superman *cough*).
Thor’s hammer is enchanted with an incantation. Its original version is thus: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of THOR.”
I have the keychain to prove it (holds my keys, and doubles as an actual hammering utensil- this sucker is solid):
In the new version, a tiny little adjustment is made:
I’m really excited to see how changing Thor’s gender influences the story. Being a god and all, Thor is known as a strong, powerful character. If Tony Stark (IronMan) is the brains of the operation, Thor is the muscle. I hope that they keep that central to the story. Girls, I mean WOMEN, can kick-ass too.
Personally, I’m a big fan of the “You can be what you can see” argument, and I’m glad that I can see this version of Thor. In the same way that the X-Men film woke me up to the superhero wonderfulness I was missing, I feel like a female Thor is going to open up a world of possibilities for female title characters across the board. I, for one, am really looking forward to it!
Plus, check out this incredible artwork:
Do you have a favorite superhero? Tell me about it, here or on Facebook!
Also, this is my 50th post, and I am so excited! Thanks so much, Chronic readers, for helping me get to this milestone. ❤