This July, in the five-issue Original Sin tie-in Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm, writers Al Ewing and Jason Aaron and artists Simone Bianchi and Lee Garbett , reveal the existence of a long lost sister the pair never knew existed: Angela . And with the revelation, the two gods also learn of the secret Tenth Realm of Asgard from which Angela hails.
CBR spoke with writer Al Ewing and asked if Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm expands the world of both Loki: Agent of Asgard and Thor: God of Thunder :
“Loki: AoA is taking a two-month break while The Tenth Realm is going on. Hopefully our readers will find these five issues — packed with not only their recommended monthly intake of Lee Garbett art, but also with a heaping helping of superstar Simone Bianchi — an ample compensation. If not, we’ll be back with issue #6 in September, and it’ll be like we never left!
Obviously, these are huge new elements to add to the Asgardian setup — and they’re not the only things that are going to have a seismic impact on the Asgard-related books going forward. People going into this thinking they know all the twists and turns we’ve got waiting for them are in for a bit of a shock.”
On what he finds most interesting about Odin and Angela? What’s the dynamic like between the three of them:
“I suppose I find Odin interesting because he’s pretty close to the idea of the gods as capricious, often brutal, forces of nature. In the Marvel Universe, Odin was known for his mood swings, his rages and his unreasonable behavior as much as for his nobility or sense of justice. You never quite knew which Odin you’d get, which was fun.
As for Angela — she’s a character with a particular warrior code, a system of ethics that’s slightly foreign to what we usually see in Marvel heroes. (And we’ll be seeing more of that code, and the culture she’s from, as the story unfolds.) So that’s always good; the chance to look at the universe through a different set of eyes and assumptions. Plus, it’s nice writing a character who can kick Thor’s head in any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
As for how Loki fits in with Angela and the Tenth Realm — well, he’s not sure about a new sibling coming into the mix just when things are finally going well between him and his brother. On the other hand, the Tenth Realm offers him something Asgard never could — though you’ll have to read the book to find out what.”
On whether the story is primarily about Loki and Thor dealing with family secrets and the anger of Angela? Or are there other elements going on as well? Will readers get a chance to explore the Tenth Realm:
There are all kinds of other elements, but I think I’m sworn to secrecy on anything that hasn’t already been revealed. But a big theme over the course of the five issues is where you belong. Is it the home you grew up in? Or is it the home you find?
As for the Tenth Realm — yes, we’ll be getting deep into its politics, its philosophy, its history — the works. And this is only the start — we’re opening a can of worms for Asgard that I don’t think will ever be fully closed again.”