Journey Into Mystery: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen
This collection is truly epic! It starts off by telling another side of the Fear Itself story line and then follows the fallout for the rest of the volume as Loki works behind the scenes to clean up the mess it has caused. And he does this in ways that only Loki could.
We follow Kid Loki, who is not the old Loki. A lot of the books is about him trying to figure out who he is now, who he wants to be now that he has the chance for a fresh start and if he is truly evil or not. While battling with these questions he finds himself venturing through the many realms of myth ultimately trying to save the world, though no one will every know that he has.
I loved how large the world felt in this book, and the mass of characters all out for themselves. It reminded me of Sandman, though with a Marvel twist of humor. Because along with all the world threatening disasters there were parts which made me laugh out loud. Loki is a kid, and he is prone to getting into scrapes and having to find a way out of them.
Though I enjoyed most of the art styles, which vary throughout the book, the one in the middle of the volume really didn’t work for me. I found that the expressions of the characters failed to convey any sort of emotion and that let that section of the book down. However, the artist who picked up the last few issues won me over again to it. It is a story full of very rich visuals and so having an artist who can covey that while still making you feel for the characters is vital.
I also really enjoyed being able to read through such a huge chunk of story in one go. It works very well as one volume because it in in a lot of ways one long story arch with lots of twists and turns. I loved how it picked up so many threads from Fear Itself (a story which I found quite weak) and brought it all together with one character.
I look forward to reading the second volume and will probably follow Gillen’s writing further back into the Thor world. Oh dear, I fear I will be lost for some time.
(Books read in 2014 #63)