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All-Father Thor rides the storm, with Mjolnir electrified in his hand and ravens perched on his shoulders, on the cover of Thor #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image:Nic Klein/Marvel Comics

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Thor just stole the Silver Surfer’s job

You already had a job, Thor!

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

The beginning of a new decade brings in a fresh beginning for Thor, as writer Jason Aaron wrapped up his legendary run as architect of the God of Thunder’s story. This week’s Thor #1 kicked off a new tale from writer Donny Cates and artist Nic Klein.

Cates is a writer who is deep into the cosmic weird at Marvel, having worked on Absolute Carnage, Silver Surfer: Black, and Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die. It’s no surprise that his Thor would immediately embroil itself in some magical space nonsense, but still, Thor #1 went for it in a big way.

Before he could even get used to being the All-Father of Asgard, Galactus showed up to give him another job. The God of Thunder is the newest Herald of Galactus, with all the abilities of the ruler of Asgard and the Power Cosmic.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We’ll tell you. Welcome to Polygon’s weekly list of the books that our comics editor enjoyed this past week. It’s part society pages of superhero lives, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be some spoilers. There may not be enough context. Let’s start get started!

Thor #1

Galactus plummets into the city of Asgard with a huge KRAKOOOMM! in Thor #1, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Donny Cates, Nic Klein/Marvel Comics

Galactus interrupted Thor’s coronation speech by plummeting directly into the capital city of Asgard, warning of a threat called the Great Black Winter. The Worldeater needs help saving the entire universe, so now Thor’s off on a quest to find five rare and unique planets for him to eat that will give him the power to destroy a “star plague.”

Detective Comics #1018

Batman throws a ball for the Wayne family dogs, Ace and Titus, and then collapses to his knees. “Damn it, Alfred...” he gasps, “Damn it all to hell...” in Detective Comics #1018, DC Comics (2020). Image: Peter J. Tomasi, Scott Godlewski/DC Comics

Oh no, now that Alfred has died Bruce is going back to the manor in the middle of the night to make sure the dogs get walked oh no oh no

Action Comics #1018

Clark Kent reveals his secret identity to firefighter Melody Moore, after she reveals her intention to run for mayor of Metropolis, in Action Comics #1018, DC Comics (2020). Image: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr./DC Comics

Melody Moore, a tough firefighter lady that Brian Bendis introduced in his very first Superman issue, is getting a significant administrative level up, as she announced her bid to run for mayor of Metropolis.

Marauders #5

Emma Frost confesses to Kate Pryde that she is afraid of Krakoa’s resurrection system as well. “Which nose would I return with?” she whispers sadly. “Sometimes I still wonder how my life would’ve turned out if I’d picked you instead of the Professor,” Kate replies, hugging her, in Marauders #5, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Lucas Werneck/Marvel Comics

Pictured: A very Emma Frost moment in this week’s Marauders. Not pictured: The off-the charts disaster queer energy exuded by this issue. Marauders is great.

Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #3

Venom and Spider-Man — in the bodies of a cat and a squirrel — desperately chase their own bodies — which house the minds of a cat and a squirrel — in Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #3, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Mariko Tamaki, Gurihiru/Marvel Comics

Spider-Man and Venom did a body swap in Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble, and this issue, their swap got swapped as they wound up in the bodies of a squirrel and a cat. Gurihiru is always doing fantastic and cute art, but ... just LOOK at Cat-Venom and Squirrel-Spidey and Venom-cat and Spidey-squirrel.

X-Men #4

“Who cares what caused the end of the Bronze Age?” says an uppity American diplomat. Apocalypse tells him that he was alive then, and that he should. “What caused the collapse?” asks another diplomat, and Apocalypse answers: “Me.” From X-Men #4, Marvel Comics (2020). Image: Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu/Marvel Comics

This week, the X-Men went to Davos to address diplomats from other nations. It’s an incredible issue with many high points, among them this aside. Apocalypse worked very hard to cause the Late Bronze Age collapse and nobody appreciates him.


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