Since the dawn of the Silver Age, legacy characters have been a staple of superhero fiction, and having a new character step into a well loved role can open up new opportunities for writers and artists to tell different kinds of stories. In The Replacements, we’ll look back at the notable and not-so-notable heroes and villains to assume some of the most iconic mantles in the superhero genre.
The Mighty Thor is a hero as old as time and a founding Avenger, but The Prince of Asgard is not the only person to bear that moniker. Over time there have been other heroes and villains who have attempted to claim the name of Thor, and not all of them were considered worthy.
The mantle of Thor has been taken up in many forms in the cosplay world, and we’ve gathered some of the best of them here. The classic version of Thor is certainly a go-to, as is Beta Ray Bill, an alien warrior who once gained the power of Mjolnir, and even before Jane Foster picked up the hammer, Thor was a popular character for female cosplayers. No matter the take, the epic magnificence of these cosplayers can’t be denied. These are the best Thor cosplays.
As you may have noticed from all our recent Batman '89 content, comic books are pretty big on celebrating anniversaries. There's only one problem: You sort of need to wait for those anniversaries to actually happen, and we as readers have never been all that great with the concept of patience. I mean, does anyone really want to wait around until the 2060s to celebrate the centennial of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Marvel Age of Comics?
Marvel Comics certainly doesn't, which is why they're gearing up for a series of 100th Anniversary Specials, set to be released next month -- 50 years before those anniversaries actually happen. For the Avengers, Marvel's tapped Orc Stain and Wonton Soup cartoonist James Stokoe to reveal the future of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Today, we've got an exclusive look at Stokoe's characteristically frenzied, hyper-detailed pages from the upcoming one-shot special, which includes such compellingly weird concepts as an Avengers team made up of Beta Ray Bill, Rogue and Doctor Strange; a sentient Stark Tower; an America lost to the Negative Zone; and the Mole Man -- because the Mole Man has always been weird enough. We spoke to Stokoe about why he chose the heroes and villains to populate the Avengers of 2061, and what he sees for comics as a business in the next 50 years.
Last time Beta Ray Bill appeared in the pages of Marvel comics with a character named Nova, he was fighting the Cancerverse alongside the previous Nova, Richard Rider, in the pages of 2010's The Thanos Imperative. Now there's a new Nova, and Bill's coming back to find out what the new kid, Sam Alexander, is all about.
The alien hero shows up in Nova #13 (which also has a big #1 on the cover, presumably because of the creative team change), writer Gerry Duggan's first issue on the book with artist Paco Medina.
While other sites may be content to bring you Rocktober, Shocktober or Mohawktober, ComicsAlliance is committed to commemorating the things that really matter! That's why this month, we're bringing you 31 days of the viking apocalypse as we celebrate Ragnaroktober...
And there came a week, a week unlike any other, when The Avengers movie opened on Friday, May 4 and every comic book fan on the internet found themselves united in talking about the same thing. In the spirit of this sensation, ComicsAlliance has tapped artist Chris Haley (Let's Be Friends Again, Captain American Idol) and colorist Daniel Butler for original art imagining alternate versions of Earth's Mightiest Heroes starring in the summer's most superhero-stocked film...
If you've been keeping up with Marvel's Fear Itself, you're already aware that Thor has been having a pretty rough time lately. Arguments with his dad (who happens to be the omnipotent Allfather of Asgard), the looming threat of Galactus and a battle against the hammer-wielding Worthy who threaten to destroy the world -- it's safe to say that the dude has a lot of problems right now...
Thanks to the live action Thor movie, Marvel's thunder god has had a pretty robust summer of Minimates from Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum. Fans heading to San Diego Comic-Con International next month are in for an even bigger does of miniature Asgardian action as the very appropriately named "Stormbreaker" box set comes to the Action Figure Xpress both #3345 with new versions of Thor, Sif, Loki and, of course, the first ever Beta Ray Bill Minimate...
If you haven't been reading "Thor and the Warriors Four" by Alex Zalben with art by Gurihiru, then you've been missing an incredibly adorable story involving Power Pack in Asgard. In the most recent issue, this culminated in the entirety of Asgard getting turned into babies, including a baby version of Beta Ray Bill that is so cute it's stupid...
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