Following the surprise departure of writer Donny Cates midway through the previous volume, Marvel Entertainment will relaunch its Thor comic book series this August, with a new series written by Al Ewing titled, fascinatingly, The Immortal Thor.
News of the new series leaked ahead of a planned announcement later this week, when the website Bleeding Cool ran the entire contents of the next Marvel Previews catalog after it was accidentally released by distributors Penguin Random House. (The upload has since been removed from the PRH site.)
The new series will be drawn at least initially by Martín Cóccolo — who also worked on the previous, Donny Cates-written Thor series — and features covers from Alex Ross, re-uniting two members of the creative team behind the critically acclaimed Immortal Hulk series. Speaking of Immortal Hulk, it’s also worth noting the adjective used in this new series: “Immortal” might be technically true for a Thunder God, whose far-future incarnations have been seen on multiple occasions, but in terms of series titles, he’s more traditionally referred to as “Mighty.” The use of “Immortal” — something specifically called out in the official description of the series — seems designed to connect this series to Ewing and Ross’s Immortal Hulk, which reimagined the iconic character as a horror property. Is a similar fate awaiting the son of Odin?
Marvel’s official description of the series, as per the leak, is, “In Norse myths, they called him Thunderer. Vuer has he been called, and Hloriddi. The Gods know him as Asgard's King, keeper of Mjolnir, hero of the tales. When injustice grips the Earth and ancient powers bring down the sky, he fights for those who cannot – and when the tale is done, we will know what that cost him. This is the story of The Immortal Thor.”
The series will launch in August.
Thor and the Hulk are far from the only two original Avengers Al Ewing has written; revisit his Ant-Man series from last year.