Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1by Kieron Gillen, Robert Rodi, Doug Braithwaite, Pasqual Ferry, Richard Elson, Whilce Portacio, Mitch Breitweiser Published 04 Mar 2014
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Loki has been reborn as a child...but will he be Asgard's savior? Fear Itself looms, and the Serpent threatens Earth! The mortals' only hope is that Thor can fulfill an ancient prophecy, but the plan is doomed to fail without help from young Loki. The former Lord of Lies' only chance of success is to utilize all the skills of deceit that made him so hated in his past life...but will he find redemption or damn himself further? And in the war's aftermath, Nightmare is gathering enough energy to rule the world...and the mother lode is inside Loki's mind. Aided by an undead handmaiden and a demon puppy, Loki will risk everything on a scheme so crazy, it could only have been hatched by a god of mischief! COLLECTING: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 622-636, 626.1
"Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1" Reviews
When you think of Asgard, you think of Thor, considering now there have been three movies about the God of Hammer. However, there is more to Asgard than just Thor, who made his debut in #83 of Journey into Mystery, a title that Marvel has revived several times, from initially a horror comics anthology, to segueing towards giant-monster and science fiction stories in the late 1950s.
At the start of this decade, Kieron Gillen sits on the throne for Journey into Mystery, which isn’t about Thor, but shifts the focus towards his supporting cast. Reincarnated as a child following his sacrifice in the series Siege, Thor's adopted brother Loki is trying to re-adjust to his home life despite the fact that everyone rightly hates him due to his many mischiefs. However, when Thor's uncle The Serpent threatens the Earth, Loki is determined to redeem himself by facing this threat by his own means, even if he might damn himself further.
As the early issues tie in with the event Fear Itself, the story here isn't clear for those who are as Marvel-heavy. When it comes to the Nine Realms, Gillen delves deep into the mythology that might lose the attention of some readers. However, Gillen keeps everything grounded with the humorous characterisation, in particular the young Loki, who is such an unconventional protagonist in this universe of heroes as he uses witty deceptions to face the likes of Surtur and Mephisto. Gillen's dialogue is a perfect blend of Old English and modern quips, which applies to the majority of the cast, from Hela's protégé Leah who is a great sidekick to Loki, to even Volstagg who has a whole issue devoted to telling his fictionalisation of Fear Itself to his children.
There are many artists involved in this book, starting with Stephanie Hans' covers that showcases stunning digital paintings of these Asgardian figures. Given the numerous artists involved, some are better than others, such as Doug Braithwaite, whose illustrations give a unique presentation to that fantasy world, whilst Whilce Portacio's art is rough and almost reminiscent of John Romita Jr.
As the initial half of a whole run, Kieron Gillen's Journey into Mystery is a terrific and funny exploration of the Thor mythos, which is told through the perspective of a supporting cast that are as compelling as the God of Thunder.
This was tough to review. On one hand, the whole first story taking place in the shadow of a huge, sloppy Marvel event is distracting, resulting in a lot of seemingly big plot points happening in the dismal background of about a dozen other books. Another detractor for the book is the constant and heavy handed narration, making it a slog at times just to get to the end of a page.
On the other hand though, those narrative bits are actually pretty fantastically written, and every piece of dialogue feels natural and perfectly on point. The plotting is genius and appropriately clever, especially considering the restraints of the crossover event happening behind the scenes. The art is all excellent, with Doug Braithwaite standing out in particular. His pencils perfectly match the mythological tone of the book, though those artists who follow are not dwarfed in his shadow. Gillen handles Loki perfectly despite the adversity, barley bringing this from a three to a four for me. Plus the puppy story. That was adorable.
As my first foray into Kieron Gillen, in his hands, Kid Loki's story is easily one of my favorite comic stories ever. After reading Straczynski's and others takes on Thor, I wasn't crazy about how Loki was portrayed, as hyper greedy, proud, and ambitious for power. I think those characteristics are part of Loki, but it was painful to wade through these flat portrayals. With Gillen's Kid Loki, we get a fresh start and Gillen takes Loki backs to his chaotic, trickster roots. Gillen's Loki reminded me of the Loki from Kevin Crossley-Holland's The Norse Myths: not straight up evil, but a disciple of chaos and trickery who enjoys nothing more than a game of wits. Gillen's Loki also maintains the classical Loki of being aligned to no one by making pacts with all parties, to great effect when Kid Loki tries to avert a second apocalypse by making agreements with the various lords of Hell and fear in addition to Odin and other Asgardian figureheads.
My favorite part of this storyline was definitely when Kid Loki went about solving the riddle the previous Loki had left for him, which involved a Rune Goldberg-esque puzzle and traps in the pursuit of knowledge. This was also when I got the first sense that Loki was aware of the authorship in his own story: that he maintains agency over what happens with his fate. How else was he able to escape ultimate death after destroying half of the Aesir and most of Asgard? As the story goes on, Loki overtly tells and writes his story as it's happening, and it was a blast getting the plot from his wry, humorous perspective.
The relationship between Loki and Thor is still of utmost importance in this story, and Thor plays a large part towards the end. Personally, it was great to see the fallout from Thor bringing Loki back to life. Also true to the myths, most of the Asgardians hate Loki and question his presence in Asgard, and now doubly so after the carnage he wreaked previously. And yet--this is Loki's story. Thor isn't even really present except for a few choice moments, and once as a major player in Loki's nightmare. Loki is aware that this is his story, and in some ways, the only ways we see Thor is through Loki's eyes, which is a gentler perspective than any of Loki's previous incarnations.
Another way this story shines is with the importance of side characters. With a personality like Loki's, it would be easy to let him overwhelm the story. Yet all of the side characters, everyone Loki deals with, has enough detail to distinguish them and allow them to be important--because in some ways, they're important to Kid Loki (another mark of his authorship). It's also with the side characters that the dialogue and wit crackles, especially with the side journey of Mephisto to Midgard. I especially liked Leah as a balance for Loki's flamboyance. Although their friendship is not necessarily well developed, she remains an interesting character with a lot of cool factor. In some ways, her powers eclipse Loki's but it never feels competitive.
The last part of Journey Into Mystery that I truly enjoyed was Gillen's thematic elements, including death/fate (two sides of the same coin), fear/existence, and Hell/fear. I paired fear/existence together because we get to see how fear is essential to life, and that in the hands of the powerful (godly or demonlike), it is often used as leverage in political games. And yet fear allows for self discovery. Hell versus fear was portrayed in an unique way: the first half of the story deals with the various lords of Hell (in a demonic turf war), and the second half is about what happens when a lord of fear goes rogue and attempts world domination--and how it takes the other lords of fear to take him out. Gillen makes interesting parallels between Hell and fear as problems that Loki has to contend with.
Overall, this story is essential for anyone interested in comics and graphic novels. The art for some of the adventures (especially Pasqual Ferry) is vivid and lifelike, with beautiful coloring and line work. No background is really necessary to jump into this story, and it was fun to follow Loki's own adventure when he often lives in his own shadow.
- But I'm Loki. If I'm going to save anyone, it's going to be in a Loki way. And if it goes wrong, look on the bright side...
- What damned bright side is there?
- Everyone has the satisfaction of a good hard "I told you that boy was bad news."
Allright, this one is a little difficult to review. The first half of the novel was tying up all those loose ends from Seige and finally putting that hot mess to an end. It was boring...the whole mess Siege created was awful. I'm glad it is FINALLY over. The second half is much more fun as Kid Loki finally develops into a solid character. The most interesting part I feel is that internal conflict Loki has...everyone expects him to be bad and to make wrong choices. However, Kid Loki is Loki reborn and doesn't actually have those memories. He is, well, a kid. And he wants to prove himself as good. So the whole time he's fighting these negative views of himself and trying to prove it is not fate for him to be evil. We meet a fun group of people and even the most adorable murderous puppy. Leah is a great match of wits for our young...hero?...and I think they have great chemistry. A great book for Loki fans once you get past the actual end of the Siege arc.
I usually hate the "villain becomes a hero" trope. This however delivers and seems a more pure version of the Loki from myth. Mischievous - yes, clever - yes, trickster - yes, but not the "god of evil" which was something Stan and Jack added to him which works for a Thor based comic book. This is a Loki that works on so many levels but doesn't rewrite or ret-con anything. Absolutely wonderful.