Deception: Journey Into Mystery #6252
Deception, treachery, intrigue. Journey Into Mystery #625 has it all as Loki’s manipulation of two of the underworld’s greatest leaders, Mephisto and Hela, begins to take form.
Like trying to steer both a tornado on one side and a herd of cats on the other down a straight and narrow path, Loki subtly continues driving both of these forces into a common enemy to all, the Serpent. The writing continues to be intelligent and witty (courtesy of Kieron Gillen) alongside pencils and art (courtesy of Doug Braithwaite) that are worthy of the storyline. Cleverly interwoven into the dialogue and intrigue, the avatars are revealed to be anagrams, such as Loki’s Ikol and Hela’s Leah. In several places where writing intersects with deft precision with art, you end up with panels of Loki and the Hel-hound sitting in a backyard Newark suburban Hel discussing how hard it is to get into Limbo while Ikol eats seed at a birdhouse.
At the writing’s most superb, Loki’s diatribe about prophecies and wishful thinking parallels Obama’s current budget control ideology in we have to do what we seemingly hate in order to make ourselves better (“We have to eat our peas”) as Loki describes how elders often entice the young to do stupid things: “Lo, it is prophesized that Loki shall eat his vegetables . . . ” and other chores and tasks. At its most narrative, we get a glimpse into the God of Fear’s origin, and one of Marvel Comic’s Summer 2011 main cross-over story-lines, Fear Itself.
This little gem of a saga relates how a band of giant scoundrels happen upon a youthful character and proceed to torture and break him. Moving with sheer vengeance propping him up, the youngster goes on to murder all but one of the sleeping scoundrels leaving this single individual awakening at daybreak to a written message that is clear in its meaning and goes on to ingrain the lesson and the legend of the youth who would become the God of Fear. The journey continues as Loki aways to Limbo with the Hel-hound and some of the Disir, archaic valkyrie.
Journey into Mystery is how the God of Trickery and Mischief should always been written as capricious, chaotic, and witty with subtle, daring devil-may-care flair.