Today Marvel revealed that the second story in Thor Annual #1 will be written by Noelle Stevenson and illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage. Stevenson is best known for her popular web comic Nimona and the current BOOM Studios comic Lumberjanes. Sauvage's work can be seen on DC's digital-first project Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman.
Stevenson’s going to get to write one of a few self-contained stories that’ll be printed in one oversized issue of Marvel’s currently relaunched Thor comic, in which the wielder of Mjolnir is a still-unknown female character. Art in her story will be done by Marguerite Sauvage, with the issue including other stories from Jason Aaron and Timothy Truman, as well as CM Punk and Rob Guillory.
Yes, CM Punk. He’s the best in the world—and he’s now a Marvel writer!
According to Marvel.com, Wil Moss, editor on Thor, reached out to Stevenson after reading her soon-to-be-print-published webcomic, Nimona. Stevenson’s reaction? “Naturally, I said yes. I mean. Of course.”
In February’s THOR ANNUAL #1, Punk—real name Phil Brooks—teams up with artist Rob Guillory, joining a star-studded lineup of creators tackling the God of Thunder. We pinned the former pro wrestling champion to get a sense of what he’s got planned for Thor, just how deep his comics cred goes, and more.
CM Punk told Marvel.com that he wrote his script in the traditional Marvel Method format (which involves plotting the story and then writing dialogue after the artist illustrated the pages). He also said that his experience in the world of WWE translates to writing superheroes:
"You know, I think I’m more suited for it just because I’ve been reading comic books my entire life. Wearing tights in front of thousands of people and kind of, almost play-acting, I think down the road, it might give me some sort of insight depending on what kind of characters I’m writing and what the story is, but I’m not really sure it prepared me so much for being able to script a comic book."
Punk also revealed another iconic Marvel character he'd love to write in the future.
"Oh, I think, my original pitch to Axel Alonso in 2011 was, 'Let me write Punisher.' In my mind, for some odd reason, I’ve just got this Punisher story in my head, and I think it’s super, super awesome. I can read Jason Aaron’s Punisher and everybody else’s [take on the] character and it’s good, but I think that my Punisher story is pretty badass. So everything I do for Marvel is going to be leading up to, 'Please just let me write my Punisher story.' So until they let me do that, you’re gonna get all kinds of other stories about all kinds of other characters until they satisfy this need I have to write Frank Castle."
The THOR ANNUAL, on sale in February 2015, will feature stories from Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage, CM Punk and Rob Guillory.
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