Spinning out of recent events in Thor and King in Black, the former Mjolnir wielder, Beta Ray Bill will star in a new five-issue mini-series written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson and colored by Mike Spicer. This was cheekily announced on Twitter as Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, Walter Simonson, and Johnson talked about how great it would be for Beta Ray Bill to get his own series.
“I have known Dan for almost a decade now,” Cates said. “We both got our start together a long time ago on a crazy little book called Ghost Fleet, and I knew all those years ago that I was absolutely “marrying up” in regards to an artistic partner on a book. Dan is brilliant. Pure and simple. He’s just built differently. He’s not the same species as the rest of us mere mortals. And if you went back in time and told me that Dan and I were both now playing in the world of Thor like this, the only thing that would surprise me is that they let me in to play as well. This Beta Ray Bill book that Dan has built is special. And beautiful and heartfelt and chainsaw-razorblade-guitar-riff-to-your-bones metal. It is, in fact, what I always knew Dan would be doing. I couldn’t be more proud, and more excited, for him to unleash this book on you. You aren’t ready.”
Beta Ray Bill is tired of playing second fiddle to Thor – and with Beta Ray’s famous hammer, Stormbreaker, recently destroyed at the new All-Father’s hands, tensions are higher than ever. The mighty Korbinite must strike out in search of a new weapon…and a new destiny. Assuming he can first defeat a Knullified Fin Fang Foom! Joined by colorist Mike Spicer, Daniel Warren Johnson will take Beta Ray Bill on a journey beyond the shadow of a god!
— DONNY CATES (@Doncates) December 16, 2020
— Daniel Warren Johnson (@danielwarrenart) December 16, 2020
“Beta Ray Bill is literally my favorite Marvel character, so it’s a dream come true, and there are images in this book I’ve been wanting to illustrate for years. It’s even more exciting that I get to write this series in the context of the current Thor universe,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot to unpack with Beta Ray and I can’t wait to share my story with you all.”
Beta Ray Bill #1 will be an oversized issue and feature an exclusive conversation between Johnson and the character’s creator, Walter Simonson. It’s set to debut in March 2021.