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They say whenever one door closes, another door opens. That's what happened in this week's Supergirl #20. With the series coming to an end, Steve Orlando, Jody Houser, Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques brought this chapter of Supergirl's life to a close, while also teasing what's to come in Orlando's next ongoing series, The Unexpected.
In the closing pages of Dark Nights: Metal, DC Comics teased its numerous New Age of DC Heroes series. Though the team that makes up the cast of The Unexpected never took part in the battle to save the DC Multiverse, they were briefly glimpsed in a hologram within the book's epilogue. Supergirl #20 gave one of them, the Viking Judge, a proper introduction into the DCU.
The Viking Judge Stands Revealed
Orlando's introduction of the Viking Judge here is a surprise, but it also organically serves the story. Her arrival gave everyone the opening to finally take down Director Bones once and for all. Fans who have been following the New Age of DC Heroes initiative know what is coming in Orlando and Ryan Sook's June-launching The Unexpected ongoing, but this issue gave some insight into one of its featured characters.
On a rudimentary level, Viking Judge operates something like Marvel's Thor. She is a powerful entity who is bonded to the body of a host and wields a powerful weapon that has a connection to Norse mythology. Turid Goldenaxe is a descendant of Jon Haraldson of Valoric, who some eagle-eyed comic book fans might recognize as Joe Kubert's Viking Prince. Her current body, however, is that of a teenage girl named Agnes.
Turid has a special connection to her axe, Bright Marshall, which she has previously been imprisoned within. The axe has the power to show a person's crimes in its reflection, an ability she uses when handing down her sentencing of primordial law. This feature gives Supergirl a moment to shine when the axe is unable to reflect her past crimes, because she is pure of heart.
The Viking Judge's direct connection to Norse mythology is also revealed to be based around her weapon. Bright Marshall is the reforged axe of Forseti, the Norse god of justice and reconciliation. In the mythology, Forseti is the son of Baldr, who has his own counterpart in Marvel Comics. Despite his link to the Aesir, he has never been incorporated into the Marvel mythology.