CM Punk has a new tag-team partner.
The former WWE pro wrestler and recent Ultimate Fighting Championship signee partners with Chew comic-book artist Rob Guillory for a story about a young and bratty thunder god in Thor Annual No. 1, out Feb. 25.
It’s the first writing gig for Punk (real name: Phil Brooks), a longtime comics fan, and the first time Guillory’s done any extensive Marvel Comics work. They’re both outsiders in a sense “and that’s what makes it work,” Punk says. “That’s why me and Rob are the perfect pair.”
The annual features a trio of tales: Thor series writer Jason Aaron and artist Tim Truman tackle old King Thor; Lumberjanes scribe Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage have a story starring the new female Thor; and Punk and Guillory round out the issue with the devilish Mephisto arriving in the past to best a pre-Avengers Thor in a crazy drinking contest.
It’s definitely not the Thor with the above-average moral compass — and one worthy of wielding mighty Mjolnir — that Guillory grew up reading. This one is “obviously a bit more brash, a little stupider,” says the artist, adding that his and Punk’s version of the hero reminded Guillory of the boisterous Chew character John Colby: “He’s nuts. He does crazy things. It wasn’t much of a stretch for me — I knew this guy.”