Loki goes to Hel… And proves he does still have some tricks up his sleeve.
Journey Into Mystery #624
Loki busting Thor out of prison is discovered by Odin, and he comes to deal with it. Thanks to Volstagg, Loki avoids a harsh punishment. With all eyes off Loki, he mounts his hidden, and stolen, Hel-wolf. They head to Hel to put a plan in motion. Hela, who may have found not only a general, but also a lover, in Tyr, is greeted by representatives from the Serpent. Loki, learning this from Tyr, and goes to Mephisto to tell him that Hela is going to team with the Serpent to put his dominion in trouble. He then goes back to Hel and tells Hela that Mephisto is planning to attack her. Loki’s plan is in motion…
If there is one thing that Kieron Gillen can give a reader is a layered and detailed story. There’s no better character for Gillen to write than Loki. This is a gripping story, but it comes with a bit of a price. As interesting and solid as it is, you have to pay attention. In fact, I thought I was paying attention as well as I could, but when recapping the issue, I found myself needing to better understand Loki’s plan. He needs to get Hela out of Hel so he and Tyr can work on finding something to unify Hela and Mephisto before they destroy each other. That being said, he still turns them against one another. I’m very curious to see what the next issue reveals because Loki seems to almost be shooting his own plan in the foot by sending both sides against one another so he can find something to bring them together. Despite being a bit confused by the plan, I absolutely cannot deny that Gillen is giving me a really good story that is layered upon layers. I also cannot believe that he won’t give us a great payoff.
Then there’s Doug Braithwaite’s art. With every issue I’ve read that he’s done the art for, the more I’m impressed with his portrayals of the characters. While I may not exactly envision his style on an X-Men or Avengers book, I honestly believe he’s perfect for Asgardian tales. Between Braithwaite and Olivier Coipel on The Mighty Thor, there are no two books that feature more perfect visuals than that corner of the Marvel Universe.
I may be scratching my head a bit at what’s going on, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Gillen and Braithwaite has in store for us in the coming issues.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Gorgeous art from Braithwaite and solid, well-layered story from Gillen. This series is certainly a spectacle that all fans of Thor should be enjoying.||While a solid story, the details are exactly that – DETAILED. Pay attention. I might be scratching my head, but I trust the payoff will be well worth it.|
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