In Donny Cates and Nic Klein’s Thor # 14, Asgard’s forces engage Donald Blake in battle, and a fan-favorite character wields Mjolnir once again.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Thor # 14, by VC’s Donny Cates, Nic Klein, Matt Wilson, and Joe Sabino, out now.
On Thor # 13, from Asgard, Donald Blake, Thor’s corrupted human alter ego, threatened to destroy the World Tree. Fortunately, a coalition of heroes comprised of Doctor Strange, Valkyrie, Lockjaw, Loki, Throg, Odin, and the rest of Asgard’s forces appeared on the Rainbow Bridge, ready to stop the almighty Donald from securing their victory. Even Thor himself joined the battle, remotely piloting the Destroyer’s armor from his magical prison. Now in Thor # 14, the fight for Asgard begins, and Donald Blake uses his powers to summon Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, for him.
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Blake isn’t exactly hammer-wielding, but he has tapped into the Odin-Force within himself, which is what allows him to manifest the weapon. But, in battle, another hero proves worthy by wielding Mjolnir once again: Beta Ray Bill.
Beta Ray Bill is a Korbinite alien who proved himself worthy of raising Mjolnir long ago. After forming a bond of trust with Thor, Bill would obtain his own hammer, Stormbreaker, to carry as a hero of the cosmos. However, the relationship between Thor and Beta Ray Bill was recently tested on the pages of Donny Cates and Nic Klein. Thor. In fact, when the series began, Thor agreed to become the new Herald of Galactus to stop the Black Winter. As Thor reluctantly became an agent of the Eater of Worlds, Beta Ray Bill attempted to stop him. In their fight, Thor used his new cosmic abilities to destroy Stormbreaker, leaving Bill without a distinctive weapon.
Thor would later amend this act by naming Beta Ray Bill Asgard as the new Warmaster, shortly before Donald Blake unleashed his rampage in the Eternal Realm. Now in Thor # 14, Beta Ray Bill is among the warriors joining forces against Blake, and while he may not have Stormbreaker by his side, he proves his worth once again by calling out Mjolnir.
When the battle begins, Donald Blake manifests Mjolnir to fight the Destroyer’s armor. Finally, Blake drops the hammer and grabs the armor, preparing to absorb the Odin-Force that propels it. However, the former All-Father Odin intends to end the fight by summoning Mjolnir. However, the hammer does not fly into his hand. Instead, it’s Beta Ray Bill who catches him, saying they still owe him a gun he lost for.
With a thunderous explosion, Bill transforms from his humanoid appearance to his horse-faced form, and his mane-adorned red helmet makes a triumphant return. With one shot from the gun, Bill ends the fight, taking down Donald Blake, giving Doctor Strange time to contain the villain. Shortly after this, Thor finally returns from his magical prison, and calls Mjolnir, claiming the weapon to pass his final judgment on Blake.
Therefore, Beta Ray Bill’s claim about Mjolnir is incredibly short. But the timing still has a major impact. It shows that after everything the character has been through recently, he is still very hammer worthy. After all, Beta Ray Bill had the strength and courage to take on Thor himself when the God of Thunder became the new Herald of Galactus. Even though he ultimately lost that battle, Bill was still right and continued to show that his heart was steadfast.
This brief moment when Bill wields Mjolnir is a confirmation of everything we know about him. Without Stormbreaker, he could easily be the one to wield Mjolnir in the future, but part of what makes him worthy of Thor’s power is his understanding that the hammer will always truly belong to Thor.
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