Thorsday: Thor, Herald of Galactus
The Silver Surfer is the most well known Herald of Galactus, though there have been many who have worn that mantle over the years. Through Galactus, he has been imbued with the Power Cosmic, an energy source that grants both the Herald and Galactus himself a seemingly infinite amount of strength.
(Story from Thor #1-6 by Donny Cates, Nic Klein, and Matt Wilson for Marvel Comics.)
Following the War of the Realms, Thor is the King of Asgard. He is the All-father, and he has full command and control of the Odinforce. Using his newfound power, he tosses his hammer through all Ten Realms that are connected through Yggdrasil, The World Tree, defeating a threat that even the Avengers can’t handle in a single strike. This is a strength that even Odin did not have in his time on the throne of Asgard.
He sits at the new Asgardian throne made from Yggdrasil itself and prepares to address the people of Asgard, when Galactus suddenly crashes down from space. But instead of devouring Asgard, like Thor expected, Galactus is injured and begging King Thor for his help. He warns Thor that the Black Winter is coming. Galactus passes out leaving Thor with more questions than answers.
The Black Winter
But what, or who, is the Black Winter? Thor goes to the other Heralds of Galactus seeking answers. Only the original Silver Surfer, Norrin Radd, can answer. He explains that the Black Winter is the end of everything. He was the being that destroyed Galactus’ original universe. Galactus devours worlds, and the Black Winter devours realities.
Silver Surfer explains that there are five worlds that he has been hiding from Galactus. Five worlds that would grant Galactus powers beyond anything he had ever had before. But before Silver Surfer can execute his plan, Galactus turns to Thor. He explains that when you look at the Black Winter, you see how you will die. When Galactus looked at the Black Winter, he saw Thor.
Thor will kill Galactus.
But before the God of Thunder has any time to respond, Galactus blasts him with a powerful beam. Not to destroy him, but to empower him! If Thor will destroy Galactus, he will at least serve him and destroy the Black Winter first. Only this will save the universe. And so Thor emerges as the Herald of Thunder, and the Herald of Galactus. The Asgardian sees little choice in the matter if he is to save the entire World Tree from the oncoming death.
The pair goes off to the first of five planets, where Galactus is ready to devour the world. Thor stands in his way and insists that they must evacuate the planet first. It is his job to deliver the civilian inhabitants safely.
Galactus only thinks of his growing power, but Thor reminds him that he’s not just a Herald- he is also a god and a king. Mjolnir rips through the weakened Galactus’ hand and knee, delaying him just long enough for Thor to summon the Bifrost and teleport the natives of the world to Asgard.
Thor saves an entire planet. However, as Galactus hungers further, Thor finds himself less and less able to save all of the planets’ inhabitants in the face of the Endless Hunger, who fears the Black Winter. This makes the thunderer furious and more resolute in stopping the dark, looming threat.
It wouldn’t be long before Thor seemingly saves the entire universe. Not just as the All-father, King of Asgard, or God of Thunder. He would save the universe as the most powerful Herald of Galactus. But what the Black Winter shows him- his own death- strikes fear into this god king unlike anything we have seen before.
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