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THOR

Real Name: Thor

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-10091) Asgardian

Occupation: Adventurer

Group Membership: Asgardians (currently exiled)

Affiliations: Captain America, Captain Britain, Fandral, Jane Foster, Sir Gawain, Giant-Man, Heimdall, Hogun, Iron Man, King Arthur, Merlin, Namor, Jim North, Janet Van Dyne, Volstagg

Enemies: Carrion, Frost Giants, Hyde, K-Bots, K-Bot 3000, Loki, Monstro, Mister K, briefly Bergen police

Known Relatives: Odin (father), Loki (half brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile on Earth-10091;
   formerly Asgard

First Appearance: Thor the Mighty Avenger#1 (September, 2010)

Powers/Abilities: Thor has superhuman strength, which is enhanced when in contact with his mystical hammer Mjolnir. Thor has a unique link of worthiness with Mjolnir and is the only one who can lift it, and it returns to him with sheer force of will. Using the hammer, he can summon lightning and rain; although rare, this can also manifest with intense anger. Thor can channel lightning through Mjolnir and land shattering blows that can also rip metal. Thor can hurl Mjolnir and follow its path by grasping its leather thong; he can also deflect attacks by spinning it at terrific speeds. As an Asgardian, he is also long lived, spanning at least many centuries. He is generally a very quick learner, especially languages. He briefly owned the Thunderer, a flying chariot capable of near-instantaneous travel across Earth.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

History:

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#2 (fb) - BTS) - Thor, along with other Asgardians, visited Midgard (Earth) many centuries in the past. Some encounters were recorded. Thor had fights with his father Odin.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#1 - BTS/#4 (fb) - BTS) - A lightning storm and sudden rainbow at night marked Odin's banishment of Thor from Asgard as punishment and so that Thor would learn humility. Other Asgardians were forbidden by Odin from revealing the reason for the forced exile.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#6 (fb) - BTS) - Charged with stopping Thor entering Asgard again, Heimdall hid Thor's hammer Mjolnir in an ancient Nordic urn that was on show at the Bergen War Memorial Museum in Oklahoma, close enough that Thor would retain some strength, but far enough away that would impede chance of accessing Asgard.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#8 (fb) - BTS) - Thor was captured by the enigmatic Mister K, whose technological experiments caused Thor to lose some memories (although he gained some English language skills in exchange). Thor still managed to escape.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#2 (fb) - BTS) - Thor slept in refuse and scavenged from taverns to survive. He felt his hammer calling to him.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#1) - Drawn to Mjolnir, Thor stumbled into the museum and tried to smash the display to get to the Nordic urn, but the exhibit's curator, Jane Foster, helped calm him down and he was escorted out. He later tackled the brutal Hyde at a bar, the fight spilling onto the street. Although victorious, Hyde ran off. Foster discovered that Thor had learnt English in a week. Foster's ex-lover, Jim North, took them to the museum per the injured Thor's request. Claiming his heritage, Foster gave him access to the urn, but Thor smashed it and recovered Mjolnir.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#2 (fb) - BTS) - Thor told Foster what he could remember of his heritage regarding his father Odin and his hammer.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#2) - Foster showed Thor an old book that included a picture of him. He flung Mjolnir skyward, seeking to return to Asgard, but could not, and fell back to Earth. His anger reflected in a sudden short lightning storm. Because he had helped her against Hyde, Foster suggested he could stay at her apartment. Eating heartily, Thor quickly responded to Foster's call for help when Hyde attacked the museum. Thor used his power and soundly defeated him. However, Thor was disillusioned by Earth and asked Foster to show him its wonders.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#3) - In Foster's apartment, Thor woke from a nightmare, finding a projection of Loki next to him, but his mischievous brother implanted a spell. Later, while clothes shopping with Foster, the spell took hold and Thor imagined that Giant-Man, investigating his mentor's death, was a violent Frost Giant and fight erupted between the two heroes. Electronic noise overcame the mind control, but knocked out Giant-Man, who fell in the path of an oncoming train. Thor stopped it in time and the misunderstanding was forgiven. As Foster and Thor wandered off, Giant-Man and Janet Van Dyne thought they looked like they were falling in love.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#4) - While Thor and Foster researched books, Thor's friends, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg, arrived at Foster's apartment. Seeing Thor genuinely unable to remember why he was exiled, the three Asgardians took him out for a night of revelry on the flying chariot Thunderer. Landing lost at a British tavern, Thor engaged in a friendly brawl with Captain Britain, followed by a lot of drinking. The Asgardians returned Thor home, where he told Foster he'd made a new friend.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#5 (fb)) - Thor watched a late night television movie when Loki channeled himself through. Thor sought knowledge of Asgard but Loki could provide nothing new. Loki passed to Thor the mystical tome Bifrosticon, claiming it would transport him to Bifrost, the rainbow bridge that led to Asgard.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#6 (fb)) - Thor used the Bifrosticon and landed at the foot of Bifrost before its guardian, Heimdall, who followed Odin's orders and refused to let Thor pass. Although it pained him, yet knowing nothing else would work, Heimdall threatened to shift Jane Foster elsewhere in the universe to prevent Thor from trying to reach Asgard. Thor acquiesced.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#5) - Keen to show Foster the wonders of her world, he asked her to cancel her work for the day and took her on a round-the-world trip on the Thunderer. He showed her giant sequoia trees that reminded him of the world-tree Yggdrasil, then proceeded to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where they encountered Namor trying to tame the unruly sea creature Monstro. Thor fell into the sea and avoided dangerous Carrion while retrieving Mjolnir. Namor and Thor stopped Monstro. However, Thor blustered when Namor offered advice, monarch-to-monarch, that the Asgardian could learn humility from Foster.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#6) - Returning on the Thunderer, Foster asked Thor of Asgard and he spoke glowingly. He then took her to Norway to see the Aurora Borealis. Foster declared meeting him was the most amazing day of her life. He then quickly hew a nearby natural wall of ice to resemble her face. They returned to Foster's home and Thor said he no longer felt lost while with her.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#7 (fb) - BTS) - Thor committed helpful acts which were reported in the local Bergen newspaper and the townsfolk welcomed his presence.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#7) - Mister K stepped up his efforts to recapture Thor. Meanwhile, in the midst of a heatwave, the romance between Thor and Foster intensified but, distracted, they did not notice the destruction designed to implicate Thor. The Asgardian investigated, but the townsfolk and police turned on him. Thor shielded himself from bullets and, recognizing a trap, followed the destruction until he was struck and captured by Mister K's K-Bots.

(Thor the Mighty Avenger#8) - Mechanically manacled for three days and somehow separated from Mjolnir in Mister K's base, Thor tried to will his hammer to him. Mister K's distorted visage appeared, taunting him about seeking to switch minds, until Thor broke free and smashed the base. Alerted by Foster, Iron Man arrived and overrode the impending K-Bots' self-destruct sequences; however, Mister K in turn hacked into Stark's Iron Man armor. A brief fight ensued until hammer blows severed Mister K's control when Stark's helmet came off. Thor later promised to keep Stark's identity a secret and they escaped the base's destruction. Although Stark said he would clear Thor's name concerning the destruction in Bergen, Foster warned people might not trust him so readily. In response, Thor called down rain, watering the dry cornfields.

(Free Comic Book Day 2011 (Thor the Mighty Avenger)#1) - Helping Foster identify Nordic artifacts at the Museum, Thor was instead caught in a time-spanning spell set centuries before by the captive wizard Merlin that sent Thor a few miles near medieval Camelot. He met a likewise time-kidnapped Captain America and they both stopped several hidden assassins waiting for King Arthur and Sir Gawain carrying the Holy Grail, accompanied by Loki (impersonating Merlin), who quietly coveted the Grail. Thor was unimpressed with Loki's mischief but stayed silent at his request. Thor and Captain America halted Loki's magical machinations, freeing Merlin in the process although Loki was lost going through a portal. Thor still felt responsible for Loki's actions. Merlin returned the two heroes to the point immediately after they disappeared. The adventure led Thor to suggest that Foster should help her distant finance-stricken brother, and the two hugged.

Comments: Created by Roger Langridge (writer) and Chris Samnee (art).

Initially geared for a 12-issue run, it was unfortunately cut short and canceled at 8 issues. Langridge confirmed that the FCBD 2011 issue is part of this universe (to go after issue 8) and it was included in the compendium collecting all of this Thor the Mighty Avenger series. An enjoyable read, I like to think it was sowing the seeds for the formation of the Avengers in this universe. Here's hoping a future reprint will include scripts for the other issues.

Vol. 2 tpb of this series shows several "upcoming" character designs by artist Chris Samnee, including the Hulk (7' height, only in b&w sketch), who was sadly never realized in the short run. The cover to #1 also shows someone looking like Sif, so maybe she was also slated.

I thought I saw him in the Secret Wars: Thors series, but I was mistaken. Maybe he was in the background...

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Thor of Earth-10091 has no known connections to:


Fandral

Fandral

Introduced as "Fandral the Dashing" by Thor to Foster, he was one was one of Thor's close Asgardian friends. He was debonair, flirtatious and keen for women's romantic attention. Assigned by Odin to check on Thor's progress, he had his two colleagues Hogun and Volstagg learn English with him (partly to impress the local women). Arriving at Foster's apartment via Bifrost, the three were surprised that Thor genuinely did not know why he had been banished. They hoped to improve his mood and Fandral invited him for drinks, taking him far away on his flying chariot, the Thunderer. Lost on the way to a Norway tavern, they stopped at a British bar. Thor stepped inside for directions while the other three bickered in the chariot, but Thor picked a fight with local hero Captain Britain. The three cheered to see the brawl, but did not wish any bloodshed. Eventually, it led to drunken revelry and many lipstick kisses for Fandral before they returned Thor home. Fandral then passed the perpetually temporary ownership of the Thunderer to Thor.

   He also appears in Thor's nightmare in #3.

 

 

 

--Thor the Mighty Avenger#4


Hogun

Hogun

Introduced as "Hogun the Grim" by Thor to Foster, he was one was one of Thor's three close Asgardian friends assigned by Odin to check on his progress. Hogun arrived at Foster's apartment via Bifrost alongside Volstagg and Fandral. The three were surprised that Thor genuinely did not know why he had been banished. Hogun doubted it was a subtle trick of Odin's. They hoped to improve Thor's mood and took him for drinks far away in a flying chariot. Lost on the way to a Norway tavern, they stopped at a British bar. Thor stepped inside for directions while the other three bickered in the chariot, but Thor picked a fight with local hero Captain Britain. The three cheered to see the brawl, but did not wish any bloodshed. Eventually, it led to drunken revelry before they returned Thor home.

   He also appears in Thor's nightmare in #3. As with Earth-10091's Heimdall, Hogun's appearance reflects that depicted in the 2011 Marvel film.

 

 

 

 

--Thor the Mighty Avenger#4


Odin

Odin

The father of Thor and ruler of Asgard, Odin had squabbles with his son. One severe fight led him to banish Thor to Earth to learn humility and he forbade other Asgardians from revealing the reason. Odin also ordered Heimdall block Thor from entering Asgard again. Not one for subtle stratagems, he later sent Thor's close friends, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg, to check on Thor's progress.

   Odin is mentioned in-story only. He "appears" in a rock-face in Thor's nightmare in #3.

 

 

--Thor the Mighty Avenger#2 (4, 6


Volstagg

Volstagg

Introduced as "Volstagg the Valiant" by Thor to Foster, he was one of Thor's close Asgardian friends assigned by Odin to check on his progress. Volstagg arrived at Foster's apartment via Bifrost alongside Hogun and Fandral. The three were surprised that Thor genuinely did not know why he had been banished. They hoped to improve Thor's mood and took him for drinks far away in a flying chariot. Lost on the way to a Norway tavern favored by Volstagg, they stopped at a British bar. Thor stepped inside for directions while the other three bickered in the chariot, but Thor picked a fight with local hero Captain Britain. The three cheered to see the brawl, but did not wish any bloodshed and Volstagg joined in with wrestling. Eventually, it led to drunken revelry before they returned Thor home.

   He also appears in Thor's nightmare in #3.

 

 

 

 

 

--Thor the Mighty Avenger#4


Thunderer

Thunderer

Summoned by the Bukkehorn, the Thunderer was the flying chariot pulled by two tame, large, wingless goats named Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. The Thunderer could be summoned by the user three times before having to be passed on to someone else, or the Bukkehorn would crumble to dust. The chariot was named, almost whimsically, by Fandral, who passed it to Thor as a present. It was used for the four Asgardian's jaunt to the British tavern. Thor then used it to take Foster to see the Great Barrier Reef in northeast Australia, then Norway as a romantic getaway (counting as one trip).

   Capable of near instantaneous travel, the Thunderer would appear and disappear with the harsh blowing of the Bukkehorn.

 

 

--Thor the Mighty Avenger#4 (5-6


images: (without ads)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#1, p22 (main image)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#7, p8, pan8 (headshot)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#2, p5, pan5 (manifesting lightning)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#3, cover (swinging hammer)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#4, p13, pan2 (Fandral)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#4, p16, pan6 (Hogun)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#1, cover (Odin)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#4, p13, pan2 (Volstagg)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#4, p6, pan4 (Thunderer)


Appearances:
Thor the Mighty Avenger#1-2 (September, 2010) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#3 (October, 2010) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#4 (November, 2010) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#5 (December, 2010) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#6 (January, 2011) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#7 (February, 2011) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#8 (March, 2011) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Free Comic Book Day 2011 (Thor the Mighty Avenger)#1 (2011) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (artist), Sana Amanat & Michael Horwitz (editors)


Last updated: 10/26/17

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