The recently announced series is the first born from the e-book publisher and Marvel's partnership, intended to bring fan-favorite superheroes into a new medium. The series promises to send everybody's favorite Asgardian brothers Thor and Loki into distant space, with a colorful cast of characters to face "an ancient evil." And new artwork confirms that even if this version of Thor may be the first experienced purely through audio... Metal Gods will still have plenty of hammer-dropping action when it begins on December 12th, 2019.
The series can be either read or listened to via mobile device through Serial Box, and from the early details, the writing team--Stewart-Ahn, with Brian Keene (The Horror Show with Brian Keene), Jay Edidin (Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men), and Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit)--have constructed a story with multiple hooks. Check out the official plot synopsis and the latest artwork for Thor: Metal Gods below:
Thor and Loki embark on a cosmic odyssey to stop the return of an ancient evil. A space adventure on an epic scale, Metal Gods propels Thor and Loki on a quest to recover a dangerous alien artifact. Together with a Korean tiger-goddess, a charismatic, gender-fluid space pirate, and Frost Giant mercenaries, the sons of Odin must each confront their pasts and face the truth behind the destruction of a planet that Thor once tried to help. Tinged with humor, celestial horror, complex relationships, space battles, barroom brawls, and blasts of sheer fun.
Thor: Metal Gods is just the first Marvel e-book series to launch on Serial Box (where readers can switch formats between either reading or listening in audiobook format). More original series are planned for 2020, with Black Panther, Black Widow, and Jessica Jones the first Marvel heroes to receive their own standalone. But as cosmic as the plot of Metal Gods may sound, Serial Box Head of Content Hayley Wagreich explains (via official press release) that what makes it stand apart is rooted in issues and themes right here on Earth. How successful that exploration will be--when translated through a literal god and a gender-ambiguous space pirate--is for the listeners and readers to decide. But you can't say Metal Gods is playing it safe:
The story of Thor is staggeringly epic—from Asgardian myth to intergalactic quests, to the (sometimes surprising, often hilarious) depth of his relationships—he’s got it all. But what makes this story truly exciting to us as we kick off our collaboration with Marvel is how grounded his story is in real issues of identity, humanity, and what it means to be a hero. We can’t wait to bring Metal Gods to Thor fans across the globe.
While the stories can also be read in text format, there's no question fans will be most curious to enjoy a Thor adventure through audio only. but before anyone thinks that Thor's muscles, might, or mythos will be hindered by the change in medium, we would recommend giving a listen to Wolverine: The Long Night, and Wolverine: The Lost Trail (written by Marvel's new Wolverine comic writer Benjamin Percy). Still, all will have the option to either listen to Thor: Metal Gods or read as they please, with Serial Box offering the first chapter of Thor: Metal Gods free of charge when it releases on December 12th, before deciding to purchase the the full season pass.