Published May 31, 2017

Avengers: A Distant Thunder

Thor finds herself trapped on a mysterious planet—Mark Waid has more!

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Things on Earth have gotten pretty weird in the wake of Secret Empire, and when the going gets tough, the tough take a spontaneous road trip—or in Thor’s case, get forcibly transported to an alien planet without their magical hammer where they have to figure out how to get home before turning back into a human.

AVENGERS #9, written by Mark Waid with art by Mike Del Mundo, will hit July 5 and while I’d love to spoil the issue for you, Waid remained incredibly tight lipped, even under heavy interrogation:

“It has a very sort of Hobbit, Lord of the Rings feel to it,” says the writer of Thor’s destination. “There is a device that perhaps could send her back home but it is far across the land.” So basically, Jane Foster has to fight her way hammer-less across a land she knows nothing about to get to a device that may or may not be able to get her where she needs to be. “There are beasts that she’s never seen before that can’t just be felled by one punch, there are all sorts of environmental hazards along the way, there is air you can’t breath, there are sandstorms and lighting storms unlike anything we’ve seen,” warns Waid.

Avengers #9 cover by Alex Ross

To add more fuel to the fire, Thor races against the clock. “The Avengers are a little bit busy with the Captain America situation, so I know they know she’s gone because Cap has the hammer, but I don’t think they have any idea where she went and there’s no way to track her,” Waid says. But she also has a limited amount of time without Mjolnir before she loses her Thor status and returns to plane Jane Foster. “If she turns back into Jane Foster then she’s definitely stuck because she has no ability other than just basic human ability,” explains the writer.

So what other choice does Thor have but to enlist the help of the locals to get her across this dangerous world. To make matters worse according to Waid not all of said locals prove particularly keen on helping this stranger in their land. Man, Jane really just can’t catch a break!

Will Thor make it home, or be stuck in this mystery land forever? Find out July 5 in AVENGERS #9 written by Mark Waid with art by Mike Del Mundo.