A week after Marvel announced a woman will take up the mantle of Thor after the current hero is deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, artist Russell Dauterman has posted his character models for both versions of the god of thunder.
“Did these as I was starting work on the book,” the incoming Thor artist wrote on his blog. “The costumes were designed before I came on board (by the great Esad Ribic, I believe), but here’s my take on them.”
As writer Jason Aaron told Comic Book Resources last week, the former Thor — Thor Odinson, prince of Asgard — will “still have a role to play” in the new series, which debuts in October.
“If you’ve seen the cover of one of Jonathan Hickman’s upcoming Avengers issues where it flashes forward into the future you see what appears to be Thor holding his ax, Jarnbjorn,” he said. “So that’s kind of a glimpse into our book’s future as well. That’s kind of where we’ve been heading.”
He also had praise for Dauterman, who follows Ribic. “I like the fact that Russell’s work feels a little more sci-fi and maybe a little more Kirby,” Aaron told CBR. “I think this is a brighter, poppier, more Kirby book, which makes sense in that it’s a brand-new version of Thor; a Thor who has just kind of come into this world and is seeing it through different eyes. I really like that part of it. I’m excited to see what Russell does on it.”