The GeeksverseJourney Into Mystery #622

Journey Into Mystery #622
Published on Thursday, April 14, 2011 by


Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Dougie Braithwaite
Colored by: Ulises Arreola
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: A- Stephanie Hans; B- Arthur Adams; C- Lee Weeks
Assistant Editor: Charlie Beckerman
Editor: Ralph Macchio

Thor gets a new title and the old Thor title gets the old name of Journey Into Mystery. Confused? I am too.

Loki, the resurrected trickster god, is now the star of the title. He’s now a young teen and the Asgardians are not happy that Thor brought him back to life. It seems like they’re right and Thor’s not?

The issue is about the journey of some Magpies and how they give young Loki some clues which leads him to find a hidden room where the old Loki left a shadow to help guide the young Loki. Apparently the old Loki wanted to die so that he could start anew and start a new chapter with a new Loki.

Huh?

Yeah. It was a tad confusing.

Gillen overplays the “we don’t like young Loki” too much. Do we really need to see the Warriors Three say that they don’t like him a couple of times, as well as repeat themselves that they swore Thor an oath to protect Loki? And that is on top of a couple of Asgardians giving Loki a hard time.

But there are some good parts to this. There’s a couple of nice jokes and funny moments between Thor and Loki. Gillen does good establishing the elder brother and younger brother roles. The writing during the magpie’s journey and Loki’s quest is well done. It has an old story like style and tone. And there’s a couple of funny lines in the story.

Overall though the story isn’t very strong. There’s not enough given on the character of young Loki to make it worth reading his story. It reads as if old Loki is going to influence young Loki to become the new trickster god. So it’s not a fresh start for Loki, just the same old game again in a new form.

Braithwaite’s art is an interesting style. He’s got a nice attention to detail and his storytelling is good. He’s got a couple of odd perspectives in this issue though. Do we really need to see that shot looking up Thor’s nose?

His rendition of Loki is odd though. The size and height changes throughout the story. There’s a couple of panels where Loki looks older then he did before and a couple where the head is oversized, or the body is too thin.

Even Volstagg looks thinner then normal.

They spelt Braithwaite’s name wrong on the cover.

Journey Into Mystery #622 receives
3 out of 5

Just average. Young Loki is just an average character.

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