Who are the Asgardians of the Galaxy?
That was the question posed by Marvel in a teaser released yesterday, and now, just a day later, we have the answer. In a new series launching this September, Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli will bring together some fan-favorite Asgardians alongside some deep cuts and one mystery member.
Apparently heading up the team is Angela, who is the only member to also serve on the Guardians of the Galaxy. Raised in the Tenth Realm of Heven, Angela believed she was an Angel until she learned she was actually the daughter of Odin and Freyja, sister to Thor and Loki.
Angela joined the Guardians of the Galaxy after she was ripped from Heven following the events of Age of Ultron and has served with them sporadically through the past few years, most recently helping them drive back a Badoon invasion of Earth. She's also technically still the Queen of Hel, though Balder The Brave currently serves as her regent. Events in Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's upcoming Thor might explain what her current status is.
Alongside Angela is Valkyrie, the one time-leader of Odin's shield-maidens who found a life for herself on Earth. Bunn last wrote her adventures in the pages of Fearless Defenders, where he established a relationship between Brunnhilde and a human named Annabelle Riggs. Their romance was stymied by the fact that the partners share the same form since Riggs sacrificed herself to save the Defenders from Caroline le Fey and her Doommaidens. She's not to be confused with the Valkyrie in Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez's Exiles, who is an alternate reality version of the character modeled after Tessa Thompson's portrayal of the character in Thor: Ragnarok.
Speaking of which, fans of Ragnarok will recognize Skurge The Executioner, who nobly sacrificed himself in the film in order to give Thor and his companions time to escape Hela. Usually allied with Amora The Enchantress, Skurge became his own man when he realized Amora could never love him the way he loved her. He subsequently accompanied Thor to Hel to rescue a group of Midgardians, and held the line of the bridge Gjallerbru so that Thor and the humans could escape. Skurge has been dead since his sacrifice nearly thirty years ago, so his return to the land of the living is certainly noteworthy.