Marvel.com has announced Phil Brooks, aka CM Punk, will be writing a back-up story in the Thor Annual #1, with art by Rob Guillory (Chew).
Brooks previously penned an intro for Marvel in the Avengers vs. X-Men hard cover, but this marks the former wrestler’s first comic book work.
“Like, technically this is my first comic book writing assignment, and I’m writing Thor, which is pretty heavy,” Brooks said. “It’s not an independent. It’s not an offshoot story. I’m writing Thor, one of the Marvel heavy hitters. They make movies about him now, if you didn’t know.”
The Thor Annual also marks Guillory’s first Marvel work.
“And I think we’re both almost looking at it like, ‘Man, if we never get another assignment from Marvel, then we have to write and/or draw as many Marvel characters as we possibly can!’ Brooks continued. “And I think this kind of gives us the freedom. I think we’re kind of under-the-radar, and there’s not really a whole lot of pressure on us to deliver some sort of a magnum opus as a 10-page backup story in an annual, so I think we have a lot of freedom that could be really fun.”
Speaking of other characters, if Brooks relationship with Marvel continues following Thor, he says he would like to tackle The Punisher next.
“In my mind, for some odd reason, I’ve just got this Punisher story in my head, and I think it’s super, super awesome. I can read Jason Aaron’s Punisher and everybody else’s [take on the] character and it’s good, but I think that my Punisher story is pretty badass. So everything I do for Marvel is going to be leading up to, “Please just let me write my Punisher story.” So until they let me do that, you’re gonna get all kinds of other stories about all kinds of other characters until they satisfy this need I have to write Frank Castle.”
The “Thor Annual” #1 hits February 2015.