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Marvel revives Asgard’s Valkyries for King in Black

Thor’s corner of the Marvel U expands a bit more with the return of the Valkyries. The team is set to saddle up and ride against the deadly Knull.

Riders on the storm

As far as a supporting cast, the Asgardian Valkyries reach pretty far back in Thor’s comic book mythos. Outside of the main Valkyrie Hildegarde though, they haven’t traditionally been headliners.

Of course, with this news that’s about to change as the team will get a starring role against none other than Knull. The universal tyrant/god is making a splash, stretching out from the pages of Venom to consume the entire Marvel Universe.

The Valkyries will be standing in his way.

The Valkyries, some of the finest warriors in the Marvel Universe, will rise again this January in KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES. Written by Jason Aaron and Torunn Grønbekk with art by Nina Vakueva, this brand-new series will star Jane Foster, Dani Moonstar, Hildegarde, and a brand-new Valkyrie with a startling origin. This band of Asgardian legends will reunite to take down Knull as his unrelenting darkness threatens to overtake the Nine Realms. As Knull’s conquest spreads throughout the galaxy, the Valkyries will be locked in a battle only they can hope to overcome. What is the secret weapon the mysterious new Valkyrie holds and more importantly, will it be enough to turn the tide? Find out on January 6th but in the meantime, see the Valkyrie come to the aid of the Marvel Universe like never before in the KING IN BLACK: RETURN OF THE VALKYRIES trailer, featuring never-before-seen art!

“The Valkyries – these powerful women who navigate both the spaces of the living and the dead – are inherently interesting to me,” says co-writer Torunn Grønbekk.  “The role demands a perspective on life and battle that is quite unique; they see the whole picture, always, and when you combine that with the great humanity you find in characters like Jane Foster and Dani Moonstar, you get something really special. It takes courage to see the world through the eyes of a Valkyrie (especially when that world is under attack by Knull!), and that makes for complex and exciting stories of the kind I want to tell.”

Marvel Comics press release

King in Black: The Valkyries #1 will hit shelves on January 6th.

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