Since CM Punk's final appearance on WWE television as the #1 entrant in the 2014 Royal Rumble, fans have been wondering what was next for the straight-edge superstar. But while most discussion has been focused on Punk's return to the ring, the fan-favorite wrestler is apparently focusing his attention on conquering another arena: the world of comics.
Long a fan of comics -- Punk belts out a hearty "It's clobberin' time!" before making his way to the squared circle -- the longtime pro wrestler makes his Marvel Comics debut in "Thor Annual" #1, writing a tale about Young Thor. The story, illustrated by "Chew" co-creator Rob Guillory (his first Marvel work), focuses on the younger incarnation of the thunder god introduced by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic in the "Thor: God of Thunder" ongoing.
"[T]he only thing [Jason Aaron] said to me was, 'I need a story about young Thor. Tell me what you think,'" Punk told Marvel about how he developed his story. "And the first idea that popped into my mind was the first thing I pitched to him, and he said he loved it, so we're running with it.
"[T]he idea was, let's do a story about young Thor as kind of a brash, bratty teenager who's like, 'I'm totally worthy of this hammer. My dad's full of [expletive]. I don't know why I'm not "worthy" of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.' And it's more or less like a drinking story. He's gonna be sitting around with a few choice characters from the Marvel Universe, and they're all gonna be drinking, and Thor's gonna basically be complaining about essentially why his dad won't give him the keys to the car."
And Punk isn't done with this story. The former world champ also tells Marvel.com that this short story is just the first step in his plan to beocme a full-on Marvel writer. "I think, my original pitch to [Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief] Axel Alonso in 2011 was, 'Let me write Punisher.' In my mind, for some odd reason, I've just got this Punisher story in my head, and I think it's super, super awesome. I can read Jason Aaron's Punisher and everybody else's [take on the] character and it's good, but I think that my Punisher story is pretty badass. So everything I do for Marvel is going to be leading up to, 'Please just let me write my Punisher story.' So until they let me do that, you're gonna get all kinds of other stories about all kinds of other characters until they satisfy this need I have to write Frank Castle."
"Thor Annual" #1, featuring a story by CM Punk and Rob Guillory, arrives in stores in February 2015.