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Byron Brewer

DeMatteis brings cosmic back home to Mighty Thor Annual


1345 We are used to seeing cosmic concepts in the pages of Thor. Heck, that is where Jack “King” Kirby’s “god-thing” began, later leading to New Gods for DC and Eternals for Marvel and a whole lot more!

Well, writer J.M. DeMatteis (Spider-Man, Justice League International) has told our friends over at Newsarama that June will herald some mighty heavy cosmic concepts when Marvel presents The Mighty Thor Annual #1.

How cosmic? Besides the Odinson, the cast includes the Watcher, the Silver Surfer -- and that ever-lovin’ World Devourer, Galactus!

“Despite the fact that Chaos War was a huge, cosmic event, my Thor chapter was a fairly intimate one, focusing as much on Don Blake as it did on the Thunder God,” the writer said. “”˜Scrier's Game’ (the annual’s title), on the other hand, is very big, very cosmic. So much so that even a god like Thor sometimes seems overwhelmed by the forces at work in the story. That said, there's a human story at the heart of ”˜Scrier's Game’ as well, which focuses on Blake's relationship with a fellow doctor who turns out to be something other than what she appears to be.

“That's actually one of the themes of the story: Thor is never really sure if anyone is who they appear to be. Motivations are like mercury, good could be evil, evil could be good, and most characters walk a grey world between.

“--I'm a huge Kirby fan, and a huge fan of the cosmic sector of the Marvel Universe, so it was great fun to mix all these characters together and paint my story on a very broad canvas.”

Thor veteran artist Rich Elson will be drawing the annual. How does DeMatteis feel their talents gel?

“I wasn't familiar with Rich's art before we started working on this story, but I quickly became a fan,” the scribe said. “Rich's work is a wonderful blend of Buscema elegance and Kirby cosmicness, yet it's very much his own. His storytelling is impeccable and he portrays both the intimate and monumental aspects of ”˜Scrier's Game’ with equal skill. Who could ask for anything more?”

Sounds like the Thunder God is going cosmic again!

Tune in this June to see where "Scrier's Game" has Goldilocks headed, and what parts some Marvel Cosmic faves might play in that scenario.