Mighty Thor: Showdown with the Shi’ar

As Thor and the League of Realms battle Malekith’s forces in the pages of MIGHTY THOR, a conflict on a different front prepares to rage: The Asgard/Shi’ar War, which kicks off in issue #15 on January 11.

As the most powerful super-army in the cosmos attacks Asgardia in their quest to find Thor, we take a look at a few “dream match-ups” we hope writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman will bring to us.

Thor Vs. Gladiator
While Gladiator has tangled with Thor’s male predecessor, he hasn’t met the new Goddess of Thunder—and he could prove her greatest test and threat yet. While Kallark’s strength would factor into such a battle, Thor’s newly developed control over Mjolnir could prove advantageous in any fight between the two.

Deathbird Vs. Angela
Shi’ar family drama meets Asgardian family drama as Lilandra’s homicidal sister meets Odin’s formerly lost daughter. A battle between the two would pit Angela’s blades against Deathbird’s talon-tipped wings, and while the winner remains anyone’s guess, one thing’s for certain: expect a lot of bleeding.

Sir Ivory Honeyshot Vs. Corsair
The father of Cyclops went on to become a space pirate and leader of the Starjammers, a group that has a long history with the Shi’ar. No doubt they could make an appearance during this war, and if so, Corsair might meet his match in the dashing department: Sir Ivory Honeyshot, the Light Elf member of the League of Realms. After finding out which one shoots the best, they’d likely end up in a tavern somewhere swapping stories.

Thor Vs. Gladiator by Andrea Sorrentino

Valkyrie Vs. Warbird
One protects the dead as she transports them to Valhalla, while the other protects the son of the Shi’ar Majestor. Both wield their weapons with honor, and no doubt a battle between the two would produce one winner—and mutual respect between the two warriors.

Beta Ray Bill Vs. Kid Gladiator
Kid Gladiator, no doubt, would tell you he’s stronger than any Korbinite, even one with a hammer forged in Asgard. After teaching the Majestor’s son otherwise, maybe Bill could take him under his wing and show him a few things, like he has with another young hero, Nova, in the past.

Titanya Vaetilda Vinnsuvius Vs. Atlas
Not much to say about this one, which would pit the biggest member of the Imperial Guard against a Mountain Giant, other than, “Look out below!”

Odinson vs. Smasher
Appropriately, a match-up between these former Avengers would put the former Thor against a woman who took up the mantle of another hero. But don’t count Isabel Kane out—she’s proven her mettle against some of the universe’s worst.

Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman kick off the Asgard/Shi’ar hostilities in MIGHTY THOR #15, out January 11!