Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. - Alternate Styles for Alternate THORs
Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. - Alternate THORs
But notice that first word. "Whosoever." So technically, anyone truly worthy (by the hammer's standards) should be able to lift Mjolnir and gain its powers, along with Thor's incredible strength, resiliency and armor. Captain America once lifted it, but did not get any armor nor did he keep it for long, returning it to Thor very quickly. But others have been able to lift it as well. And there are also warriors who may not have lifted Mjolnir but still found ways to emulate Thor and his methods. Last week, we examined the design evolution of the god of thunder. Now let's check out the many alternate Thors that have existed in the mainstream Marvel Comics universe.
There's also too much gold. In ancient times, Thor’s worshipers saw him as a god who fought for the common man. And in the Marvel Comics universe, Thor sees Earth as his home as much as Asgard. His birthright connects him to Earth, he lives among its people, and he led a double life as human physician Dr. Donald Blake. This is a guy who, despite having godlike powers, has been known to go to New York pubs after a battle and contemplate his life over a glass mug of beer. But Norvell’s costume of all gold is antithetical to that. It implies someone who flaunts wealth and power.
BETA RAY BILL
After a quick contest to confirm Bill's worthiness, Odin decided that the alien warrior would continue to keep his power. But since he wasn't about to leave Thor without a weapon, Odin had a new war hammer created especially for Bill. This hammer, called Stormbreaker, became Beta Ray Bill's signature weapon and bonded him and Thor as blood brothers.
So with all this in mind, the resemblance to Thor's armor makes sense. They are bonded by Mjolnir deeming them both worthy and their hammers grant them similar powers. But there's a twist on things to let you know that Bill is an alien rather than a creature from Asgard.
The helmet has also been altered to give a widow’s peak impression. When you consider the shape of Bill’s horse-like face, this works. It draws your attention to his eyes and his oft-times vicious expression. Beta Ray Bill was intentionally designed to look like a monster so that readers would be surprised when it turned out he was quite heroic and so that Thor would be reminded that appearances did not determine the soul of a person.
The major problem with this suit is that it gets a little too busy in places. For instance, Bill seems to be wearing longer boots underneath his boots. Seriously what’s with those strange blue add-ons over his thighs? Accessories are important, but too much can take away from your look and give the impression that you just threw stuff on without thinking about it.
Recently, Beta Ray Bill had a slightly altered version of the outfit during his adventures with the team Omega Flight. The circuit designs were replaced with raised metal that house actual lights of some sort. Nice effect and stayed true to the original design. The gold coloring helps let Bill stand a little more apart from Thor and his color scheme.DARGO
Ah, of course. That's not actually Thor. You see, this is a man named Dargo, an inhabitant of a "possible future" timeline where he inherited the hammer of Thor. But somehow when he got Thor's power, he didn't quite get his uniform. Granted Mjolnir seems to adjust the armor to fit the style of the person worthy enough to wield it (just look at Beta Ray Bill), but that only tells me that Dargo has terrible taste, not that we should forgive his look. The fact that the middle of the tunic is now missing gives an impression of a wrestler’s costume. The chains are unnecessary, unless they’re meant to be holding the two halves of Dargo’s shirt together. The spikes make me think “biker” rather than “Norse warrior.”
Replacing the winged helmet with a winged headband implies that this guy is either going to jazzercize or break into a rock ballad. And dividing the cape into two halves is NOT helping that impression either. Did he steal that cape from the ice-capades?
In 1991, Thor seemed to be dead and gone and now Eric Masterson was left to take his place. When he wielded Mjolnir, Eric became a new version of Thor. There were some bad looks for Thor during the 1990s, but this was not one of them. This is actually a very nice update. The suit is simplified, with the trousers and shirt becoming one solid black color. The disc designs have been replaced with actual metal discs (something the real Thor would not due until years later). The boots are now metal rather than leather. Very nice all around. We have a mask added as well, which fits with the idea that Eric has a secret identity. But if the real Thor were back, I'd drop the mask.
Oh, and wearing only one glove? Yes, the myths of Thor say he wore a single glove as well, but in the modern-day, only Michael Jackson and Khan could get away with that. Likewise, get rid of the single lightning bolt earring and the pony tail.
This Thunderstrike outfit is pretty cool, actually. It gives a nod to Thor with the T symbol, but it stands on its own and T also stands for the hero's own name. The design is young and energetic. Not bad at all, really.
Anyway, Thor Girl was introduced in 2000 and is actually named Tarene (though she has sometimes used the alias of "Tara"). She was born as a comically powered alien prophesied to one day help sentient beings evolve to a new stage of life. Her planet was destroyed by the villain Thanos and Tarene joined forces with Thor in defeating the guy afterward. Tarene then used her abilities to model herself after Thor and gain the physical attributes of an Asgardian. She also made herself a hammer with similar abilities to Mjolnir.
Tara may have a dumb alias, but her costume isn't bad at all. It's sleek, eye-catching and not totally impractical. The boots, color scheme and headwear all emulate Thor but without completely copying his style. The circles down the trousers are also a nice way of echoing Thor's shirt discs but in a way that gives Tara her own look. Not a bad design at all.
The Skrull impostor was discovered and Tarene soon returned to Earth. Since then, she's gone back to her classic threads, which is definitely a good decision. Now if only she'd do something about her alias.