In Journey Into Mystery #639, Loki and Leah go to England!
Journey Into Mystery #639
Avalon is threatened. There are mechanical cities rising out of the ground and beginning to take over land and people. A delegate is sent to Asgardia to seek assistance but the All Mother decline. Instead, they decide to send Loki to keep an eye on things and use his particular skills to ensure the “Otherworld” is in peace. Loki and Leah arrive in England which causes Loki to immediately ask everyone he meets if they know “the Queen”. Eventually, he settles down into the task at hand. When he travels with a battalion to take on one of these mechanical cities, the fight does not go well. Loki begins his search to find a smarter way to win the war.
Now that we’re beyond the “Exiled” tie in with the New Mutants, we’re seeing Journey Into Mystery settle back into its own corner of the Marvel Universe. I believe this is honestly the best place for it. If it crosses over occasionally with The Mighty Thor, so be it, but how Kieron Gillen has crafted these stories in the series, I kind of like it remaining in the fringe and doing its own thing. Right away, we’re back to the norm as the quirkiness returns and the unexpected chuckles bounce us back into the style we love so much in this series.
There’s something even cooler going on here. You see, Gillen creates this meta-styled story of these mechanical cities cropping up everywhere and encroaching on the mystical Otherworld. The more they reproduce, the fewer people residing in the Otherworld believe in the magic and sorcery connected deeply with the Celtic ways. It’s a cool way to connect urban sprawl with the eventual loss of the belief in the more magical and mystical ideas that older civilizations believed. It shouldn’t take you long to connect these rising gods’ names with English towns. It’s a nice touch and keeps the odd and off-kilter in the Journey Into Mystery title while still making it work like gangbusters.
Fans of Richard Elson’s art (I count myself among them) should be happy with his double duty this week between this title and The Mighty Thor Annual. His art works so well with this series. There’s a comic book feel to it, a mysterious (no pun intended) feel to it, while still matching up with these godlike characters. He’s an artist that whenever I see his name on the cover, I get excited because he has such a great style for this type of book.
After the shaky tie-in with New Mutants, I’m definitely glad to see Gillen and Elson take the series back to its roots.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun, interesting, and quirky. Everything I want in this series.||Not a great deal for me to note in the way of negatives. Just glad to get back on track!|
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