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Sunday, September 07, 2014 

Polygon's confused note about earlier Thor story

The Polygon computer site posted 2 preview panels from the story replacing Thor with a female protagonist, but gets something awfully confused about an earlier tale featuring Thor:
...there is precedence here. Thor's gender was changed in the comics, and Wonder Woman was found worthy when she picked up the hammer but quickly rejected the power.
I think they're referring to the JLA vs. Avengers miniseries from a decade ago - one of the last collaborations to date between Marvel and DC before Bill Jemas led to fallouts - and WW picking up the hammer does not equal changing of gender. Just a heroine from a different franchise lifting Thor's uru hammer and succeeding, but turning it down almost as fast. That's not the same thing.

The picture they provide shows that the inscription on the Mjolnir hammer has been changed to say, "if SHE be worthy...", just another theater of the absurd step Marvel's taking in their quest to justify this stunt.

Update: doing some more research of my own, I discovered the only other time Thor was replaced by a woman was in What If? #10 from the late 1970s, except that Jane Foster, in this alternate reality tale, was named Thordis. Yet Polygon makes no mention of this Bronze Age anthology story, so how would anyone know where to look and see what the case really was? I think one of the most appalling problems with today's Marvel is that they're rendering the old What If? series useless by taking a lot of the decent alternate realities it explored and turning them into Earth 616 stories proper. And unlike the simple ideas seen in that anthology, which were told for story value, these new stories, again, are only intended as stunts.

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