Aug 7th 2012 By: Graeme McMillan
Never mind the three ages of man
, Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic
are far more interested in the three ages of gods in their ambitious new Marvel NOW!
title, Thor: God of Thunder
. Are you ready to meet King Thor of the far future?
confirmed that Aaron and Ribic are heading up the relaunch of the formerly "Mighty" hero as part of the publisher's Marvel Now! initiative, and interviewed Aaron about what to expect in the new title.
"I think Thor is too big a character to be confined to just one setting," Aaron told Newsarama, explaining his approach to the character. "His adventures should span every nook and cranny of the Marvel U, giving him as grand a stage as possible." God of Thunder
plans to expand that stage throughout the character's lengthy history as well:
This first story is an epic tale that plays out over the course of thousands of years. So we spend time with young Thor in the Viking age - the young, hotheaded god of the Vikings, who loves to come down to Midgard and get into trouble. In the present, we see Thor the Avenger on a journey that takes him to the far corners of space, interacting with all sorts of new space gods and wondrous new locations. And then we also see old King Thor, who's the last king of Asgard, thousands of years in the future, where something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.
"Basically, I don't want this book to ever have one specific setting," he continued at Newsarama. "In this first arc alone, we go from Iceland of the Viking Age to all sorts of strange new corners of deep space to an Asgard at the end of time. I've been reading a whole bunch of old Thor
stories since I got this gig, and I like how in the old Lee/Kirby issues, Thor would go on an adventure on Earth for four issues and then he'd go off and be on an adventure on Asgard for the next five. They mixed things up a lot like that. And I think for as long as I'm on the book, I'll be looking to do the same."
Accompanying the writer on the project is Uncanny X-Force
and Ultimate Comics: Ultimates
artist Ribic, who is producing what Aaron calls "a defining take on this character for a long time to come." "It's jaw-dropping work," Aaron said of the first pages he's seen from the artist. "I think the covers and the pencils for these first few issues of Thor
are some of the best stuff I've ever seen from Esad."
Thor: God of Thunder
launches in November.