WARNING: Spoilers for The Walking Dead comic and (possibly) TV series ahead. Proceed with caution.
With The Walking Dead wrapped up for another season, no doubt many fans have begun reading the comic series in a bid to see which direction Season 7 may be headed.
Robert Kirkman's beloved comic series first began way back in 2003 and since then has spawned a massive 153 issues. But, while the TV series is currently dealing with the events of Issue 100, it was a panel from Issue 123 that caught the eye of (probable) Marvel fan and Redditor, TheDarkHawk.
Issue 123 takes place during the second half of the "All Out War" storyline between Negan and the Saviors and Rick and his militia. However, at the very beginning of the issue, TheDarkHawk noticed a very small detail that looked a little out of place in one the panels. See if you can spot it:
Alternatively, here's a cheat version:
That's right, one of Negan's men is carrying a lump hammer. And as Redditor noah2461 points out, a huge hammer like that is not exactly practical in a battle against humans or walkers (even Tyreese's hammer in the TV series was much lighter and more modern). So why the massive hammer? Well, TheDarkHawk has theorized that it's an awesome tip of the hat to Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor:
While this theory might seem cool (though a little far fetched) prepare to be totally convinced, because Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, and artist/penciller Charlie Adlard have both worked for Marvel comics in the past.
Kirkman was first hired by Marvel Comics back in the early-mid 2000s, and ended up writing for comics including Captain America, Marvel Knights 2099, Fantastic Four, and Ultimate X-Men among others. Meanwhile Adlard worked on The Hellfire Club and Warlock for Marvel.
I don't know about you, but considering those personal ties to Marvel Comics, I'm very inclined to agree with TheDarkHawk on this one. Robert Kirkman, could you confirm or deny?
The Walking Dead returns to screens with Season 7 in October on AMC
Do you think it was an intention nod to Thor or just a coincidence?