WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery #1 by The McElroys, André Lima Araújo, Chris O' Halloran and VC's Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
Thor may be an Asgardian god, but that doesn't exclude him from having a complicated family dynamic. The God of Thunder is constantly disagreeing with his father, Odin, and feuding with his brother, Loki. His other brother, Balder the Brave, was dead for a number of years but recently returned to the land of the living. And Thor's sister, Angela, was kidnapped as a baby by the warrior angels of Heven and believed to be dead.
Marvel Comics' newest event series, War of the Realms, has spun out of events set up over the pest several years of writer Jason Aaron's run on the Thor comics. Now, it adds a new wrinkle to the Odinson family drama in a tie-in miniseries starring two of Thor's siblings.
All In The Family
With the Dark Elf Malekith and his forces invading Midgard, its an all-hands-on-deck scenario for the heroes of the Marvel Universe. Malekith has begun to target specific characters who would pose a serious threat to him, with Odin and Thor at the top of the list. Odin was attacked on old Asgard by a crew of Dark Elf assassins and Thor is currently stuck in King Laufey's kingdom of Jotunheim.
Sindr, ruler of Muspelheim, is also looking for revenge on those she feels have wronged her, starting with Lady Freyja. But not only is Sindr looking to kill Thor's mother, but she also has her sights set on Freyja's youngest child and Thor's young baby sister, Laussa Odinsdottir.
While we're all thrilled to see the youngest addition to the Asgardian royal family again, we have to remember she's now being hunted by Sindr. Seeing as she's just a newborn baby, Balder the Brave steps up to pledge his sword to the protection his new sister, who is being hidden in Thor's Asgardian castle in Oklahoma. However, Balder isn't a one-man Baby Protection Service -- he's also joined by familiar heroes like Spider-Man, Hawkeye, the Sorcerer Supreme, Deathlok, Wonder Man and Thor's pet dog, Thori.
The only complication in this elite squad is the fact that Balder was dead for such a long period of time, the heroes he thinks are joining him aren't the ones he's familiar with. For example, instead of Peter Parker swinging through as Spider-Man, it's Miles Morales. Also, Balder gets Kate Bishop instead of Clint Barton, the sorcerer is former Secret Warrior Sebastian Druid, the Deathlok is Death Locket and Wonder Man is now a pacifist.
Hopefully, this ragtag team can keep Laussa safe throughout the War of the Realms. Since Thor missed out on watching Angela grow up, it could be fun to see the God of Thunder play the big brother for a change -- and not in an antagonistic relationship like he has with Loki. Thor only just learned about Laussa's existence after her debut in 2105's Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1, but if she's allowed to grow up she could be the next in a long line of next-generation heroes in the Marvel Universe.