In the wake of comic book aficionados everywhere still in a state of shock from the assassination death of Riverdale’s favorite son, the demise of Archie Andrews who took a bullet in the defense of his homosexual friend may have triggered a rash of politically correct changes in the world of graphic novels. As reported by the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald (SMH) on July 16, 2014, and also by Fox News of July 15, 2014, Marvel Comics isn’t playing fast and loose just with gender-bending the pagan Viking deity, but the major publisher is also are taking more than one liberty with the proper usage of the English language.
In what very well could possibly be more of a result of the embracing of 21st century political correctness instead of remaining true to Nordic mythology, Marvel Comics has taken it upon themselves to change the Scandinavian god of thunder from a he to a she. For whatever inexplicable reason, the comic book publisher has decided to continue to refer to the new and improved Thor as the God of Thunder instead of abiding by the correct rules of the Queen’s English and properly calling her the Goddess of Thunder.
On top of disregarding the correct usage of the Mother Tongue, Marvel Comics has taken it upon themselves to change the actual Germanic lore. According to the correct Thor fable, the son of Odin was deigned to defend all humanity. Included in his personal inventory of weapons was his fabled hammer, Mjölnir, which was capable of leveling entire mountains. Engraved on Mjölnir was the inscription “Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” (Emphasis SMH and Fox News)
Marvel Comics editor Wil Moss made it clear that the latest incarnation isn’t simply some sort of Thor-ette or She-Thor, but simply by virtue of her wielding Mjölnir, the woman in question is now to be considered the Nordic god in question. Or as Moss has stated, “And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”