Kathryn Immonen’s Journey Into Mystery has been a pleasant surprise from the beginning. Her first issue was a little confusing, but was fun to read. Since then, everything’s been clearer and progressively more entertaining. And while the last issue was mostly about a young Asgardian girl, it still felt perfectly in place.
Of Immonen’s run so far, this issue has the least amount of action. Most of the issue is dedicated to building up a story regarding Gaea growing sick by some unknown means. It’s a situation the Asgardians are not familiar with, and what follows are a few amusing cameos from Thor’s supporting cast. The frequent jokes at Thor’s expense keep this mostly dramatic issue entertaining, as do Sif’s exploits in the garden and on the space station (it makes sense when you read the comic).
If there is anything to complain about, it’s that Beta Ray Bill (who is on the cover) doesn’t show up until the very end of the issue. That said, it promises a team up of some kind for JIM 653, and their quick conversation is great. The art is simple yet appealing – there’s nothing much to say on that front.
Every issue in Immonen’s run has been better than the last, and JIM 652 continues that trend. Immonen has been doing fascinating things with Lady Sif’s character. Add Beta Ray Bill’s return and you have the perfect recipe for a great comic. Besides, how can a comic opening with Sif gardening with a broadsword possibly be bad? In fact after my second reading, this may be my favourite comic of the week.
Now that the new titles from Marvel Now are pretty much done, save for next week’s adjectiveless X-Men, I’ll probably have to start reading more bad titles to make this blog more interesting – too many positive reviews lately.