Marvel Comics announced Monday that Phil Brooks – aka former WWE wrester CM Punk – will be one of several contributors in what the publisher calls a “star-studded lineup of creators” for February’s Thor Annual #1.
Punk’s story will be illustrated by Rob Guillory (Chew) in the artist’s first Marvel work. The annual will feature several other creators doing their first Marvel work, the identity of whom the publisher plans to reveal later this week.
Punk, who identifies as a life-long comic book reader and is friends with Thor writer Jason Aaron, met Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, which eventually led to this assignment.
He says he’ll write this script in the “Marvel Method” and his story is about “young Thor as kind of a brash, bratty teenager who’s like, ‘I’m totally worthy of this hammer. My dad’s full of [expletive]. I don’t know why I’m not ‘worthy’ of the hammer. Look at all this cool stuff I did.’ And it’s more or less like a drinking story. He’s gonna be sitting around with a few choice characters from the Marvel Universe, and they’re all gonna be drinking, and Thor’s gonna basically be complaining about essentially why his dad won’t give him the keys to the car.”
Punk’s first pitch to Alonso in 2011 was what he calls a “pretty badass” Punisher story.
“So everything I do for Marvel is going to be leading up to, ‘Please just let me write my Punisher story’,” Punk said. “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.”