Month: July 2014

Marvel announces new Thor – and she’s a lady

One of those things that the big comic companies do once in a while is take one of their big heroes and replace them with a new character.  Think of Bucky taking over for Captain America or Wally West becoming the Flash.  If you really want to upset me, you can bring up Jaime Reyes, but I really wish you wouldn’t.

Thor is a character who has had this happen a couple of times.  If you were reading in the 90’s, you might remember Thunderstrike, who had been Thor for a while.  The one with the beard.

The God of Thunder is getting another replacement this October when a new Thor series launches (or relaunches, hell I can’t keep up with Marvel’s numbering) and this time…wait for it…it’s a woman.

According to the big announcement:

THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.

My thoughts on it after the jump.

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Misleading covers

It’s not uncommon for a cover to not exactly be representative of what is contained in the issue.  Often you get what essentially is a poster, but these aren’t very misleading.  Slightly worse is the instance where you have an epic looking fight scene on the cover that features the main character and a guest character, and then you find out that they don’t really fight as much as the cover makes it seem. These are slightly misleading, but at least the guest character is in, the book and there is kind of a confrontation.  And then we have Guardians of the Galaxy #15.

Guardians of the Galaxy 15

That is Captain Marvel on the cover, with the phrase, “And now Captain Marvel” on the cover.  Guess who isn’t in this issue.  If you guessed Captain Marvel, you would be correct.  Now, I didn’t buy the issue because I thought Captain Marvel was in it, so I’m not angry about that.  I just have to question how something like this makes it through editorial.  Surely someone must think it’s a bad idea to feature a character on the cover, implying that she makes an appearance, and then not have her in the book at all.