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Thor Girl
Art by Tom Raney
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Thor vol. 2, #22 (April 2000)
Created by Dan Jurgens
John Romita Jr.
In-story information
Alter egoTarene Tara Olson
Team affiliations The Initiative
Notable aliasesThe Designate, the Supreme, Hammer Girl, Thorita, Hammerette, Thor Lass, Asgard Lass, Thoretta, Hammer Lass, Thunder Girl
AbilitiesAsgardian superhuman strength, durability and endurance
Healing factor
Immunity to all Earthly diseases
Near agelessness
Via golden hammer:
Flight
Energy projection
Weather manipulation
Dimension travel
Formerly:
Virtually limitless cosmic power via the use of the Chalice of Ruins and the Illumination Stone

Thor Girl, a.k.a. Tarene Olson, is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Dan Jurgens and artist John Romita Jr., she first appeared in Thor "Tears of the Gods" Vol. 2, #22 (April 2000).

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Dan Jurgens American comics artist and writer

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Publication history

Created by writer Dan Jurgens and artist John Romita Jr., Tarene first appeared in Thor "Tears of the Gods" Vol. 2, #22 (April 2000). Thor Girl was one of the feature characters in the 2011 six-issue limited series Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt .

John Romita Jr. American comic book artist

John Salvatore Romita, professionally known as John Romita Jr., is an American comics artist best known for his extensive work for Marvel Comics from the 1970s to the 2010s. He is the son of award-winning artist John Romita Sr..

Thor (Marvel Comics) Marvel comic book character

Thor Odinson is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, which is based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder who possesses the enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, which grants him the ability to fly and manipulate weather amongst his other superhuman attributes.

Fictional character biography

In the beginning of time, an alien sorcerer named X'Hoss foretold the creation of the Designate, who will help evolve sentient beings to the next level of existence. Billions of years later, Tarene is born. She is told about the fate of the evil Destroyer and together with others seeks a way to stop him. In the meantime, Thanos (later retconned as a clone) obtains X'Hoss' knowledge and destroys Tarene's home-world. With Thor's help, she defeats him. [1]

Destroyer (Thor) fictional object that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics

The Destroyer is a fictional magical character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Usually depicted as an opponent of the Thunder God and hero Thor, it is in fact a suit of Asgardian armor animated by magic. The character first appears in Journey into Mystery #118 and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Thanos Supervillain appearing in Marvel Comics publications and related media

Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, created by writer/artist Jim Starlin, first appeared in The Invincible Iron Man #55. Thanos is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe and has clashed with many heroes including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.

Tarene later transforms herself into an Asgardian goddess and becomes Thor's loyal ally, taking the name "Thor Girl" and the human identity of Jake Olson's "cousin" Tara. [2] She tries to assist Thor in his adventures, aiding him in his confrontations with Gladiator, [3] and Nullitor. [4] She is transferred into the shell of the Destroyer by Loki, causing her to fight Thor. With the help of Amora, they find Tarene's body and Odin casts her back into her body, where she takes her vengeance on Loki. [5] In a later battle against a revived Surtur she sacrifices nearly all of her cosmic powers to contribute the additional power needed to defeat him. [6] Upon Odin's apparent death, Thor Girl loses most of her cosmic powers. [7] She retains the powers she had as Thor Girl. [8] She returns to Earth in an attempt to live a normal life as Tara Olson, but is also seen adventuring occasionally. She knows that she is destined to, and one day will, regain her full power and then some, to become the Designate.

Asgard (comics) fictional realm in the Marvel Comics universe

Asgard is a fictional realm and its capital city appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Based on the realm of the same name from Norse mythology, Asgard is home to the Asgardians and other beings adapted from Norse mythology. Asgard first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby, and features prominently in stories that follow the Marvel Comics superhero Thor.

Gladiator (Kallark) fictional character from Marvel Comics

Gladiator is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in X-Men #107 and was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum. Kallark like all Strontians, has the capacity for great strength and various superpowers, but can only use them when they are completely devoted to a purpose and his abilities increase and decrease in accordance with his level of confidence. He was born on Strontia, which is part of the Shi'ar Empire and he is the leader of their Imperial Guard. He was also a member of the Annihilators, Dark Guardians and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Enchantress, in comics, may refer to:

Civil War/The Initiative

Thor Girl is one of the heroes who registers with the Superhuman Registration Act that was forged during the 2006-2007 "Civil War" storyline. After the Superhuman Registration Act is passed, Thor Girl interferes in a jewel theft undertaken by the Grey Gargoyle, a previous foe of hers, and dispatches him, preventing the jewel heist in the process. In return, the Grey Gargoyle undertakes a lawsuit with the assistance of Mallory Book at the Superhuman Law Offices of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway.[ volume & issue needed ]

Grey Gargoyle Fictional comic book character

Grey Gargoyle is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway is a fictional law firm appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The firm is commonly depicted in the pages of the She-Hulk comic books - named after Marvel Founders Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, under his birth name Stanley Lieber, and Jack Kirby, using his birth name Jacob Kurtzberg. Created by Dan Slott, senior GLK&H law partner Holden Holliway first appeared in She-Hulk #1, where he hired the titular heroine to be a lawyer for his law firm, but as Jennifer Walters.

Thor Girl is one of the first recruits for the Camp Hammond training facility. Other fellow trainees include Bengal, Cloud 9, Slapstick, Trauma, Armory, Rage, and Komodo. [9]

Camp Hammond (comics)

Camp Hammond is a fictional training camp appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Its purpose is to train a superhero team for every state of the United States as part of the Fifty State Initiative. This Initiative HQ, located in Stamford, Connecticut, was the original setting for the Avengers: The Initiative comic book series.

Bengal (comics) Marvel Universe superhero, supervillain

Bengal is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Cloud 9 (comics)

Cloud 9 is a fictional character, a teenage superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

The Initiative recruits are sent as crowd control in Manhattan with Thor Girl aiding mass evacuation when the city is attacked by the Hulk, who is seeking revenge upon the Illuminati. However, Rage breaks ranks to try to help the Avengers in battle against the Hulk and his Warbound, and Thor Girl is among the trainees who sides with Rage. Easily defeated, Thor Girl and the others are imprisoned at Manhattan Square Gardens and controlled by obedience disks. The Initiative's black ops team, including the empathic metamorph Trauma, are sent in to free Thor Girl and her compatriots, with Trauma assuming the form and powers of Thor as he battles the Warbound, leaving Thor Girl awestruck by the encounter. [10]

Subsequent to Trauma's assumption of Thor's form, Thor Girl has expressed a kind of hero worship of and becomes enamored with Trauma.[ volume & issue needed ] However, both Tarene and Trauma are brutally attacked by the MVP clone, calling himself KIA (Killed In Action). Tarene is badly burned while protecting Trauma, who is then stabbed in the chest by KIA. [11]

Thor Girl recovers fairly quickly. At first, she assists in a mass super-human effort dedicated to rebuilding New York. [12] Later, she is assigned together with Ultra Girl to the Cavalry, Georgia's local superhero team, once her Initiative training is complete. [13]

Secret Invasion

During the Secret Invasion storyline, the Skrull Dum Dum Dugan calls all the sleeper agents in the Initiative, causing Ultra Girl and Thor Girl to fight each other out of fear. When the Skrull Kill Krew arrives to the scene, 3-D Man confirms that Thor Girl is a Skrull, killing her with her own hammer with the help of Gravity. [14] It is unclear at this point how long the Skrull agent had been impersonating Thor Girl.

After the invasion is over, the real Thor Girl is shown in a support group meeting with the others that had been replaced by Skrulls. [15] She attends a therapy session with Trauma, when Camp Hammond is attacked by the Thor clone Ragnarok. The clone beats Thor Girl badly, until Gauntlet intervenes. [16]

Fear Itself

During the Fear Itself storyline, Thor Girl joins Steve Rogers' New Initiative, under Prodigy's leadership. She is quite confused about why Odin took all of the Asgardians back to the Asgard Realm, and is still deciding as to whether she should join them. While saving some people in the city, she is attacked because she has a hammer similar to those which had been appearing all around the earth, and accidentally kills a police officer who shot at her by deflecting the bullets back into him. At Prodigy's request she turns herself in and is kept in a holding cell. But when she is accosted by men outside the cell, who attempted to interrogate her as to the nature of the Worthy, Cloud 9 arrives to rescue her and subdues the men. After defeating Quicksand, who was on a murder spree, they joined in the battle against Juggernaut, who was transformed into Kuurth: Breaker of Stone, in Las Vegas and rescued civilians. Due to a misunderstanding she was attacked by the other heroes, despite her attempts to explain herself or she was only acting in defense. During the battle, her designate powers returned. She declared Earth's heroes to be little better than those who tortured her and as a whole proof that humanity is still too flawed to be worthy of ascending. She left Earth for the stars. [17]

Powers and abilities

As her powers are based upon the Asgardians, Thor Girl possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Asgardian gods. She is immune to all Earthly diseases and is highly durable, able to withstand attacks which would destroy an ordinary human. She also will heal at incredible speeds due to her godly life force. Thor Girl possesses superhuman strength which rivals the most powerful of the gods and her now Asgardian-level metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. Additionally, like most Asgardians, she is near-ageless with a lifetime which may stretch into several millennia.[ volume & issue needed ]

As Thor Girl, Tarene wields a gold hammer through which she could channel her powers as a continuous beam of energy capable of knocking Thor off his feet and shattering buildings. Like Thor, she can also use her hammer to fly and control the weather, allowing her to summon storms, gusts of wind, create lightning bolts and various other effects. She can also traverse dimensional barriers such as from Earth to Asgard.[ volume & issue needed ]

When she had her cosmic powers, the full extent of what she could do was unknown, but it was stated her powers were on a level that closely rivaled Odin's.[ volume & issue needed ]

Other versions

In one alternate future world, Thor Girl tried to reach back in time to empower the alien Desak trying to locate a missing Thor. [18] [19]

In other media

Video games

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