WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for War of the Realms #2 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Matthew Wilson and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.
The Asgardian warrior Valkyrie may have met her demise at the hands of the Dark Elf Malekith in War of the Realms #2, but that won't be the end of her story. Marvel Comics announced a new Valkyrie ongoing series by writers Jason Aaron and Al Ewing at C2E2 in Chicago, and now we know who will be starring in the title role: the former Mighty Thor, Jane Foster.
Joining Aaron and Ewing on Valkyrie is artist Cafu. And even though Jane Foster will be the star of the series, it doesn't mean fans have heard the last from Brunhilde.
"It's not like the old Valkyrie. Brunhilde is available for consultation occasionally, but she no longer belongs to the world of the living -- so Jane's mostly on her own," Ewing told Marvel.com about how Jane's tenure as Valkyrie will differ from Brunhilde. "That said, she does have something not seen before in the world of Asgard -- UNDRJARN THE ALL-WEAPON, forged in the fires of the Realm-War, that can change its shape and be whatever the wielder needs -- including wings! Which doesn't necessarily mean no more flying horse, but I'm getting ahead of myself..."
"There's a line in VALKYRIE #1: 'Thor is a god, Valkyrie is a job.' Jane knows how to be Thor, but the role of Valkyrie -- the warrior who fights for the living and the dead, and stands between both -- is a very different beast," Ewing added. "It's a sacred task, and brings additional abilities -- and responsibilities -- of its own. As the first of a new generation of Valkyries, Jane has to decide for herself what that task involves, and that's a big part of what we'll be exploring in this series. If you're reading this, you know who Valkyrie is, but what she is is one of the big philosophical underpinnings of the book."
Valkyrie will pick up after the events of War of the Realms #2 that left Brunhilde and the rest of the Valkyries slaughtered, meaning there is no one to escort deceased gods to Valhalla. This leads to Jane Foster taking on the Valkyrie mantle.
Written by Jason Aaron and Al Ewing, with art by Cafu and a cover by Mahmud Asrar and Matthew Wilson, Valkyrie #1 goes on sale in July from Marvel Comics.