With the superhero stricken by some evil-doing, Mjolnir is left unattended on the moon until a new, worthy hero lifts its handle. In Norse mythology, the wielder of that mighty hammer is Thor, Odin’s son. The hammer not only allows Thor to invoke thunder but makes him practically unbeatable. Mjolnir is capable of pulverizing even the scariest of Frost Giants.
But in the comics, Thor’s demise is inevitable because the power of Mjolnir can only be used by someone who is worthy. So if Thor has a bad day, he might not get to keep that special hammer. And with Asgard constantly battling the likes of Loki — Thor’s trickster brother — and other supernatural villains, Thor’s demise was all but assured.
“All of that really plays into the new series. This was always the plan: to get Thor to a point where he was unworthy and have someone else pick up that hammer.”
While the face of Mjolnir’s new owner will be shown when the first installment of “Thor” hits stands Wednesday, her identity will be unraveled slowly throughout the series. Could it be Thor’s mother, Freyja? Or his love interest Sif? Or maybe even scientist Jane Foster?
“All those characters will have roles to play in the new book, and not just as red herrings,” Aaron says.
“A lot of them have been a big part of the book for the past couple of years, so those roles will continue on, and then one of them ultimately