THOR: RAGNAROK's VALKYRIE Coming to the Marvel Universe - Sort Of

"Thor: Ragnarok" still
Credit: Marvel Studios
Credit: Marvel Comics

Tessa Thompson's breakout character from Thor: Ragnarok, Valkyrie, is coming to comic books as the previously unrevealed fifth team member of the new Exiles ongoing series.

Though series writer Saladin Ahmed makes it clear this isn't the MCU version of Valkyrie, this new, alt-universe Valkyrie will be pretty close to the one moviegoers fell in love with.

“Valkyrie's a character who's always appealed to me. Her iconic warrior-woman look - spear! sword! flying horse! - but also the juxtaposition of a kickass ancient fantasy hero operating in contemporary New York City. She's a classic Marvel heroine,” said Ahmed. “But the Exiles version of Valkyrie is a bit different from what we've seen in comics thus far. Our Valkyrie is known as the Lone Defender of Asgard, and she's a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman. Though she's not technically from the Marvel Cinematic Universe reality, she's basically the literalization of the larger-than-her-physical-frame swagger that Tessa Thompson displayed in Thor: Ragnarok, turned up to 11.”

“Like everyone else who has seen Taika Waititi’s brilliant Thor: Ragnarok movie, all of us on Team Exiles are big fans of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie,” added series editor Wil Moss. “So when we realized that we had the perfect series - where the roster is made up of alternate reality versions of Marvel heroes - to introduce a comic book equivalent of that version of Valkyrie, we jumped at the chance! And how great is series artist Javier Rodriguez’s design? Such a nice combo of the classic Valkyrie look and the MCU’s, yeah?”  

 
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Credit: Marvel Comics

Exiles will launch as a bimonthly series, with #1 due out on shelves April 11, and #2 following on April 25.

Here are the solicitations for both issues: 

EXILES #1
Written by SALADIN AHMED
Art by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, MIKE MCKONE, & JESUS SAIZ
On-Sale 4/11/18

EXILES #2
Written by SALADIN AHMED
Art by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ
Covers by DAVID MARQUEZ, JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, & MIKE MCKONE
On-Sale 4/25/18

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