Ah… The Yule. What a wondrous time for Asgardians. And what better gift than a cute little Hel-Wolf pup? So what if it curses and breathes fire?
Journey Into Mystery #632
The All Mother prepares for the Yule to celebrate. The residents of Broxton are invited to celebrate with the Asgardians and meet Santa Claus (who’s nothing more than Volstagg dressed up to hand out presents) seeming how Asgardia has brought unusual snowfall to the Oklahoma landscape. Meanwhile, Loki gets a gift from Hela… A box full of Hel-Wolf pups. The All Mother issues an order to the boy… Find a home for the pups or they must be put to death. What is the young trickster god to do?
Kieron Gillen wraps up the year with a funny and sweet tale. Don’t come here to look for plot progression. I figure we will get a couple more of the one and done stories while The Mighty Thor establishes what’s to come for both titles. So, instead of starting or continuing any kind of an arc, we get something completely different. We get a Christmas story featuring one of my very favorite new characters being written by one of my more favorite writers.
Loki isn’t what he was. He’s happy to play up to what people expect him to be, but underneath it all, he’s caring and interesting. No more is he lurking in the background rubbing his hands together and contemplating his next move to kill Thor and bring down Asgard. For this Christmas, he’s giving out puppies. Yeah, he’s not exactly telling anyone that the puppies he’s pushing are creatures from Hel, but who cares… They’re cute as all get out.
Gillen’s whimsical script gets a boost from the equally whimsical art by Mitch and Bettie Breitweiser. Some of their pages and panels seem almost ripped from that bright and shiny Christmas we saw depicted in the 1950s. It’s a perfect match for the story.
There’s not much more to say about the issue other than if you want a good laugh and a nice fuzzy holiday feeling afterward, this issue will definitely suit you well.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Bright and funny. Overall just a pleasantly warm holiday tale from Gillen with some really fitting art from the Breitweisers.||No story progression, but this might be the case for at least another issue or two.|
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