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If you weren’t aware, this isn’t some flippant addition from returning Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, something you do when you somehow find yourself making a fourth Thor movie: Jane becoming Thor has comics history.
This is actually pretty easy to answer for once thanks to the fact that, for the past seven years, the Thor comics have been shepherded under the auspices of a single writer: Jason Aaron.
But Aaron—partnered with a Valhalla-sized heavenly host of incredible artistic talent, including names like Esad Ribic, Olivier Coipel, Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson, Ive Svorcina, Laura Martin, Ron Garney, Joe Sabino, Rachelle Rosenberg, and plenty more that it takes three consecutive runs of comics’ worth of credit lists to name them all—has done just that with not just the Odinson, but Jane Foster, who spent four of those years as the titular hero of his Thor runs.
These are the first issues with the mysterious and unidentified (at the time, at least) female Thor.
They introduce the concept, deal with the world’s reaction to a new Thor, and eventually go on to reveal that not only is it Jane, but Jane’s time with the hammer is a ticking time bomb waiting to go off.