Another day another comic book reboot. If there's one constant you can count on the comic book biz, it's change.
But when the Marvel and DC aren't knocking on death's door radical revisions are always a good way to garner a little media attention.
Hence today's announcement of the new female Thor. In a new series written by Jason Aaron, with art by Russell Dauterman and Esad Ridic, Marvel Comics introduces a new God(ess) of Thunder.
You may recall the inscription on the mighty Mjölnir, the hammer of Thor, reads "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor."
But Marvel editor Wil Moss says "it's time to update that inscription." They emphasize that this is not She-Thor or Thorita but the THOR of the Marvel Universe.
It's a bold move for a comic company where the male Thor has already fronted two feature films and will no doubt be appearing in the upcoming Avengers 2 blockbuster currently in production. Although perhaps the Marvel bullpen has been noticing a shift in the comic book stores with more and more super heroes aiming to appeal to young female readers.
Flip open a page from Ms.Marvel or the latest She-Hulk and you're seeing a new kind of hero: ones balancing friendships, court dates and school assignments with super villains. Or notice the explosion in popular support for the new Batgirl redesign. (My favourite bit is the note about the jacket, Leather, not Spandex!)
The young caped crusader is moving to Burnside, the younger, hipper part of Gotham. Take a look at this Super Selfie. I'm not sure Babs will strike fear into the hearts of cowardly criminals, but that's an image a lot of young readers can relate to.
For too long the local comic book store was a bit of a boys club. With smart, witty books such as Ms.Marvel more of that could be changing. As for Thor, this isn't the first time Goldilocks has gotten in touch with his feminine side, the most notably version being the August 1978 issue of What If where Jane Foster picked up the hammer.
As sure as Spider-Man spins a web, you can bet the male Thor will stomp back eventually. Here's hoping the new female fighter is written as well as she looks.
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