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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, July 11

The original god of thunder returns to reclaim his mantle in Marvel's The Unworthy Thor. Tor takes a look at the source material for AMC's supernatural TV series Preacher. And the popular Little Witch Academia animated one-off by Trigger gets expanded into a full-length TV series. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

For some time now, Thor Odinson, the original god of thunder in the Marvel universe has found himself disgraced and powerless after failing to lift his hammer Mjolnir. In his place, human nurse (and former lover) Jane Foster has taken up the mantle of Thor. But now, if Marvel's new comic series about Odinson is any indication, he too may soon reclaim his former place as the god of thunder.

But not every wielder of magic is a god or sorcerer supreme. Comics Alliance speaks with comic creators Phil Hester and John McCrea about their series Mythic, which just finished its first story arc and features a group of magical "troubleshooters" who help out more powerful entities when things go awry.

AMC's new TV series Preacher has so far been a hit with both audiences and critics, with many praising it for its unique blend of horror, Western, and satirical elements. But of course the show did get a head-start by having some equally praised source material. Over at, Alex Brown explains how Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon brought together disparate genres to delight readers and say something substantial about humanity.

It's been twenty years since the cult classic film The Craft first appeared in theaters. Many who watched it as adolescents now have children of their own. If you're one of them, Laura June's speaking for you at New York Magazine, writing about blending magic and motherhood as a woman who loves The Craft.

Although best known for the action-packed Kill la Kill, animation studio Trigger also garnered praise earlier in 2013 for their short film Little Witch Academia, which imagined teenage girls enrolling in the Luna Nova Magical Academy for young witches and their ensuing misadventures. In 2015, Trigger produced a follow-up. Now they're making a full-length TV series about the girls.

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