In "If He Be Worthy" (Thor No. 1 December 2014), writer Jason Aaron takes us to Roxxon Seabase. Ships sent to investigate seismic activity disappear, and as the staff deploy their attack sharks, they see blue giants marching toward them across the ocean floor.
Meanwhile, on the moon, Thor has spent the last few weeks kneeling over his hammer. In a recent battle, he lost the ability to lift it, and although he tries and tries, he cannot pick it up. Nor can his father Odin lift it, even though he crafted this magical weapon for his son.
His mother Freyja attempts to comfort Thor, but he shrugs off her efforts, and returns to Asgard to find a new weapon.
Meanwhile, Malekith the Dark Elf arrives at the underwater base. It appears that he is in league with the Frost Giants. If ever humans needed a hero, it is now.
And so we shall have one. The inscription on the hammer reads "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor." Lightning swirls around the hammer as a hand grips it, and burns the letter S into its side, transforming "he" into "she."
In "If He Be Worthy," writer Jason Aaron, artist Russell Dauterman, and colorist Matthew Wilson welcome us to a new era of the hero named Thor. Through utilizing villains like the Frost Giants and Malekith from the recent Marvel movies, they pull us into the more sophisticated and extensive world of Thor comics. The man we know as Thor promises to still be involved their new series, but who is this new woman who wields his hammer?
Thankfully, Thor No. 2 arrives in stores today. By Odin's beard: I can't wait to read it!