New details of Marvel Comics' upcoming Valkyrie ongoing series have been revealed on Marvel.com - including the identity of the hero taking on the mantle of the fabled guide to departed heroes.
And that hero is none other than Jane Foster - who previously took on the mantle of Thor until her apparent death, and the return of the name "Thor" to the Odinson.
Spoilers ahead for those who haven't read War of the Realms.
Foster has been seen alive and well in War of the Realms, as a cancer-free mortal - including in this week's War of the Realms #2, in which the classic Valkyrie, Brunhilde, apparently died.
As previously announced, Al Ewing and Jason Aaron will co-write the ongoing title, with Ewing billed as the lead writer. Cafu is the series artist.
"There's a line in Valkyrie #1: 'Thor is a god, Valkyrie is a job.' Jane knows how to be Thor, but the role of Valkyrie - the warrior who fights for the living and the dead, and stands between both - is a very different beast," Ewing said. "It's a sacred task, and brings additional abilities - and responsibilities - of its own. As the first of a new generation of Valkyries, Jane has to decide for herself what that task involves, and that's a big part of what we'll be exploring in this series. If you're reading this, you know who Valkyrie is, but what she is is one of the big philosophical underpinnings of the book."
Artist Russell Dauterman, who had a lengthy run drawing Jane Foster's adventures as Thor, provided the design for Jane/Valkyrie, while Mahmud Asrar and colorist Matthew Wilson created the cover for Jane Foster: Valkyrie #1. The design and cover can be seen here. A gallery of interior pages from Cafu can be seen right here.
Jane Foster: Valkyrie #1 is due out in July.