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Published June 22, 2020

5 Things We Learned From ‘Thor’ #1

Read the entire opening arc from Thor’s 2020 series, a brand-new bonus release on Marvel Unlimited.

READ THOR: THE BLACK WINTER HERE!

A bonus release on Marvel Unlimited! THOR (2020), the Thunder God’s most current series, can now be read digitally up through issue #4! Superstar creative team Donny Cates (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, VENOM) and Nic Klein (DEADPOOL) take the king of Asgard to new realms of glory, establishing a new age of peace where the Ten Realms have recovered from war.

But the skies above are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.

Before embarking on Thor’s mythic crusade as god-king, read our key takeaways from the first issue. These moments all set the stage for the oncoming “Star Plague,” the Black Winter that threatens to consume a newly-restored world!

And, if you’re looking for even more catch-up reading, check out our recap article for a guide to the series and events leading up to Thor’s enthronement as All-Father.

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As decreed in WAR OF THE REALMS #6!

All rise.

THOR'S RETIRED IN THE REALM ETERNAL

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Coronated as All-Father, Thor is now reconciling with a new life direction… one that takes him out of the Super Hero game! Thor is an Avenger no longer, and must now shoulder the sole responsibility of being Asgard’s ruler! It’s a high stakes job, if not a little monotonous.

I mean, how many times can the All-Seeing Sif regale Thor with high-fives and heaps of praise?

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LOKI IS A KING TOO

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The Royal Family’s resident trickster is now Lord and King of the Frost Giants! Always one to one-up his brother, Loki has taken this lifelong rivalry to the next level by ascending as a monarch who is quite excellent at bailing on the job! (See: 2019’s LOKI).

Loki’s new appointment comes on the heels of WAR OF THE REALMS, the event that overthrew Malekith, and left former-King Laufey down for the count.

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MJOLNIR IS HEAVY… REALLY HEAVY

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On the subject of Loki, Thor’s ever-smug sibling points out yet another complex to irk the thunder god—Mjolnir, “That Which Smashes,” is now harder for Thor to lift! Nothing major, it seems. Unless of course this slip of strength is degenerative, and Thor will be forever robbed of his most precious relic and weapon…

For the meantime, we’ll chock this up to workplace stress. Nothing to be concerned about, not just yet.

GALACTUS HAS LANDED

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That’s right! The Devourer of Worlds has planted his cosmic-sized keister smack dab in the center of Thor’s throne world! Sure, the Mighty Thunderer was itching for a little action, but this immense intrusion wasn’t what he had in mind! Nevertheless, Thor is ready with an accusation (AKA attack), even though Galactus is in no position to fight back.

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After wheezing out an enigmatic prophecy, all of Asgard is left scratching their head over their next impending doom.

THOR IS ANGRY!

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At this point in the issue, you’ll come to realize just how large a role ale plays in the All-Father’s reign, including in matters of diplomacy.

Following the Devourer’s untimely interruption, Thor demonstrates his fist-banging leadership style by gathering together all of Galactus’ Heralds for imbibement… and interrogation. A demand for answers is made—what (or who) is the “Star Plague,” and how soon can the Ten Realms expect its arrival?

Despite offering refreshment to his guests, King Thor manages to insult everyone, and frankly, his patience at having nothing to do all day is already wearing thin!

NO spoilers, True Believers. Read the issue in full to see just how Thor, and his assembled cosmic crew, fare.

THOR (2020) #1-4 is available to read right now, although you’ll need to wait a bit longer to read issue #5 on Marvel Unlimited. To pick up the latest issue, on sale this Wednesday, reach out to your local comic book shop and ask about services they may offer, including holding or creating pull lists, curbside pick-ups, special deliveries and other options to accommodate. Find and support your local comic book shop at http://comicshoplocator.com.

[RELATEDDonny Cates and Nic Klein’s 'Thor': Where We Left Off]

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