Lem’s Top 5 Comics Of 2011 - Marvel
#3 - Journey Into Mystery
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Doug Braithwaite, Richard Elson, Mitch Breitweiser and Whilce Portacio
For a book that has been constantly tying into events since its creation, Journey Into Mystery is very high up my list of excellent books of this year. For the first 8 or 9 issues of the title, it was part of Fear Itself, and now finds itself part of the Shattered Heroes banner. Still, that doesn’t stop it being fantastic.
Kieron Gillen knows Asgard. His grasp of Thor and friends, and especially the new Kid Loki, make this brilliant reading. His Loki is compelling and interesting, especially since it’s very hard to decide whether he’s a hero or a villain at the moment (and which he wants to be!), and this ambiguity only makes it more fun. His Fear Itself tie-in actually does a better job of telling the Fear Itself storyline than the main title does, and that’s saying something when a tie-in is better at the main storyline than the book that’s meant to tell it.
Joining Gillen for the first arc or so is Doug Braithwaite, whose ethereal style befits Asgard and the surrounding locales, like Hel, perfectly. Rich Elson is also a good fit for the book, and the regular artist from the next arc starting next year. The downside is that there are a few issues pencilled by Whilce Portacio, which aren’t very easy on the eyes, but the story more than holds up next to it.
Journey Into Mystery could easily be written off as a peripheral Thor book, but it brings something entirely new to the table that deserves looking it. Loki is a fantastic protagonist, helped by Gillen’s snappy wit and excellent grasp of humour, and the book as a whole manages to be relevant and entertaining at the same time. A definite favourite from the last year.