by Lindsey Young, CMRO Contributing Writer
Journey into Mystery
Written by Robert Rodi, Art by Pasqual Ferry
Published: October 2011
Described as a “perfect jumping on point,” this issue is a pretty good introduction to the various characters that inhabit Asgard, from the point of view of a newly reincarnated Loki, who is just a boy. Curious about what the others thinking of him–understandably, they’ve been wary and keeping their distance of him–he summons an ancient spirit to show him their private thoughts of him. The results are less than flattering.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the artwork, which is lovely. There’s a sharpness to the lines that makes it really pop, and the poses and body language are well-realized. There’s a sense of weight to it, even when the characters involved have oddly shaped bodies or are as tiny and wiry as Loki is here. It’s just gorgeous, and the diversity of poses makes it a really smart looking issue.
The issue does a pretty good job of introducing these characters without being overtly exposition-heavy. Personality and history come through pretty seamlessly through the dialogue, which is as natural-sounding as the language can possibly be.
Loki in particular is a really fun character. His fierce intelligence, talent and snobbish confidence is all wrapped up in the body of a young boy, and while he remains the ostensive villain, he’s still a character I’m interested in following. His relationship to Thor remains as complex as ever, and it’s handled smartly here, with Loki himself struggling to define it in this new guise.
Thor’s faith in his brother is similarly touching, and the new dynamic to their relationship is engaging and sweet. Though I’m sure it won’t last, I’m fascinated as to where this is going, and the issue ends on an ambiguous and threatening note. Perfect for drawing new readers in.