This comic confused me greatly on my first reading. There is a lot of text, and it’s written stylistically. This is the kind of comic that you have to read slowly and carefully to fully understand. Even then, it’s somewhat hard to follow. Good thing it’s still entertaining then.
Kieron Gillen recently finished his Journey Into Mystery run (which I only just started reading in paperback form). His series is more about Kid Loki than anyone else as far as I know. Now this series has both a new writer (Kathryn Immonen) and a new star (Lady Sif). Marvel seems to be really pushing female characters and writers in Marvel Now, and so far they’ve been more respectful than most of DC’s New 52 books *cough Catwoman cough*.
While this book is a bit confusing and convoluted, the fun far outweighs the book’s problems. Lady Sif is growing tired of Asgard abandoning its older ways. They’re facing frequent destruction and reconstruction, to the point where they’re often relying on Human aid. Sif begins seeking ancient knowledge to be a better warrior. It’s a great way to introduce her to new readers like myself. The book gets confusing when it brings in a number of side characters that aren’t properly introduced, or when important information is described in fancy language. This is less of a problem as the book progresses and it becomes clear what Sif is looking for.
The art is simple, yet effective. The action is easy to follow, and the backgrounds generally look good. Sif looks equally tough and graceful. The colour variety adds a magical flavour that enhances the feel of the book. There’s nothing to complain about, art wise.
This is a good start for Immonon’s Journey Into Mystery run. While it’s not perfect, it shows plenty of potential for both the writer and the character. I can fully understand why they decided to keep the old numbering for this book – it gives the writer and character a better chance than a book titled “Lady Sif” would have. Hopefully the series will only improve from here. If you’re interested in a female lead Asgardian series, check this comic out.