WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Asgardians of the Galaxy #2 by Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli, Federico Blee and VC’s Cory Petit, out now.
Asgardians of the Galaxy is the new series that brings together a ragtag gang of misfit heroes responsible for saving -- where else? -- the galaxy. Valkyrie, Skurge, Thunderstrike, Throg and more, all under the leadership of Thor and Loki’s long-lost sister Angela, have taken it upon themselves to chase after Nebula as she stays one step ahead of them on her attempt to gather an army of the undead.
Nebula has been following in the footsteps of her sister Gamora of late. The Most Dangerous Woman in the Universe has obtained all of the Infinity Stones and is in the process of folding Earth’s population in half over in Infinity Wars. So, not to be outdone, Nebula is building an armada of the dead to bring about the fabled Norse Ragnarok. To do this, she has forced a Dwarf she kidnapped to lead her to an ancient artifact that can summon the dead.
The Naglfar is an army of soulless corpses of gods that have been reborn in new bodies using an artifact called the Naglfar Beacon. Using the beacon, Nebula can summon this armada and bring it under her command. While she has been successful in testing out the beacon on a planet called Netredeen -- a planet whose gods were children -- her next target is the Shi’ar throneworld Chandilar. Claiming she needs a challenge before reaching her true target, she confronts Gladiator and the Imperial Guard with a surprising undead warrior: An Asgardian zombie she calls Thor.
How exactly could the Mighty Thor be a part of Nebula’s undead army? Well, there are a couple of ways. The Naglfar Beacon works by summoning the undead bodies of gods that have already been reborn into new forms, implying that their old husks remain behind in some realm or another, waiting for an artifact to claim them. In that case, Nebula would need to summon a previous body of Thor, from a time when he died. Luckily for Nebula, Thor has died a few times, which in theory gives her more than one body to claim.