Loki and Leah do a little espionage in Journey Into Mystery #640!
Journey Into Mystery #640
While in Camden, Loki and Leah meet up with Daimon Hellstrom. They enlist him to help find places of power for the Manchester Gods. When Hellstrom finds them, Loki uses the info to destroy a house powered by hydroelectric power. In Otherworld, it causes one of the rampaging city gods to retreat in fear. Loki tells the Otherworld residents and soldiers what he’s learned about these places of power (that operate like the certain monuments of Otherworld). Loki uses this map of these places as leverage to feed half-true info about attacks to the Manchester Gods. After meeting their leader, Master Wilson, Loki and Leah have gained the trust of the Manchester Gods, but Loki comes to a startling conclusion… They are fighting on the wrong side of this war.
Kieron Gillen and Richard Elson continue to tell a truly fascinating story. This whole idea of modern gods in a war against the classic gods of English myth is just cool. There’s he obvious parallel that matches the magic vs. technology, but it’s all so very British. Being that both Gillen and Elson are English, they’ve built this story around the two ideas that this guy from the Colonies immediately think of England. Whenever I think of magic or myths, I’m usually immediately drawn to King Arthur, Avalon, and Merlin. Then, when it comes to technology, I’m reminded of something that I heard a few years ago that blew my mind. At least as recent as I heard this, and it may very well still be true, but there are more cell phones per capita in UK than there are in the United States. They are totally bonkers for their “mobiles”.
This makes this story all that much more interesting for me. It’s a classic clash between the ways of old and the newer generations pushing toward the future. It’s well written, still containing that Journey Into Mystery wit, and beautifully illustrated. Loki’s realization that he’s fighting for the wrong side is brilliant as well. It shows that he has the maturity to understand that both the new and the old can share the world and there’s really nothing wrong with embracing both ideas. It’s kind of like how I’ve found a place for both comic books and digital comics. Really, this book interests me on the personal level and on that fascination with those British myths and stories of magic, while still finding a whole country’s total adoration of their mobile devices amazing.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Interesting story in all the right ways. Great art. Really nice conclusion.||I gotta wait two weeks for the next issue.|
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