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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785148418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785148418
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 July 2013
Format: Paperback
This storyline runs through Journey into Mystery issues #622-626: collected as Fear Itself: Journey Into Mystery. It begins with Young Loki - who was reincarnated by Thor in Thor: The World Eaters (Thor (Marvel Paperback)) - meeting his predecessor, who explains that he was becoming too predictable, so got himself killed in the Siege event, but not before making sure that his spirit would be free from the constraints of an afterlife in Hel. Now he passes his mantle on to Young Loki, who has not the same character defects that his predecessor grew into. He, too is now free from destiny (says the god of trickery and lies...). However, a new threat is now upon the Nine Worlds, the Serpent is coming, and Young Loki must recruit a few good men to help him stave off fate:
Thor: "You're Loki. No good man's going to follow you."
Loki: "Well, I'll have to make do with a few bad ones."

So he recruits the Hel-Wolf and Tyr, the dead god of War, as he weaves a web of cunning and trickery that ensnares Hela and Mephisto into declaring war on each other, then makes a pact with Surtur for the shadow of his sword in exchange for releasing him into Asgard. Not a bad day's work for a reformed god of trickery. Oh, he steals the Destroyer as well.

This is an excellent series, with superb writing and suitably supportive artwork, my favourite from this era of Marvel Comics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Culleton on 26 July 2013
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The best accompanying storyline to the Fear Itself Marvel Comics Event - Journey Into Mystery is a pure delight. Relaunched after a hiatus, but continuing the renumbering system from days gone past, Kieron Gillen, Dougie Braithwaite and the rest of the creative team have given us some superior comic book fiction here.

Running parallel with Fear Itself, Loki, now a child, has to win the hearts and minds of his fellow Asgardians who quite rightly distrust and hate him for previous deeds. He also delves deeply into hidden and magical texts, following clues put there by his former older self in order to hatch a scheme that could save Asgard and even Midgard in the war against the Serpent.

Kid Loki is still a trickster, but at this point he's not necessarily evil. He knows he will probably grow up to be evil, but at this point in time we see him devilishly trying to do what's right but using questionable methods.

For the greater Fear Itself storyline you need to read Fear Itself itself! But strands of it are apparent here so you definitely need to read the wider event story and other tie-ins if you want to know the bigger picture.

But reading Journey Into Mystery alone is a delight. Gillen gives us a Loki we haven't seen before, and he is entertaining, mischevious, bold and charming. His interraction with new character Leah is at most times rib-ticklingly funny, but watching Kid Loki machinate around the rest of the supporting cast (Thor, Odin, Volstagg, Hela, and Mephisto, to name a few) through Asgard and the Underworld is better than watching JR Ewing at his devious best!

Miss this book, and the series, at your peril!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boris on 7 Nov 2012
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There are some franchises you think all stories have been told. Who seriously can imagine someone comes along with a really new Spider-Man or Superman story? And then - rarely - there is a writer who manages to twist all the variables and tells a tale that surprises you. So did Gillen with Journey into Mystery.
In the early sixties JIM was an anthology book in which The Mighty Thor debuted and later starred. It has been revived occasionally and so again one and a half years ago when Thor was restarted with #1 and JIM took on the numbering of the old title. Starring was... Loki, the Asgardian God Of Mischief.
During the "Siege" arc in Thor (SPOILERS if you have not read this) Loki betrayed Asgard once more but ultimately sacrificed himself for the realm. But he did not really die (like so many times before) and was revived as a young teenager.
And now Gillen takes him and makes him the feature character of his run on Journey into Mystery. This trade collects #622 to 626 and is a tie-in to the company-wide crossover "Fear Itself" of 2011. But you can read it standalone without real problems. The art is done very decently by Doug Braithwaite, also the colors of Ulises Arreola shine although not litterally the mood of the story being very, well, hellish.
What is outstanding is the subtle characterization of the lead character. This is really Loki the Trickster God, but it is not the almost pure evil guy you know from hundreds of attemptions to get Thor or Odin down, although he is not really a good person, but you can sympathize with him. Interesting also how Gillen gets new facets out of known supporting cast personnel, f.i. voluminous Volstagg. And the plot does not stand behind: there is scheming, there is vengeance, there is sacrifice. And there are twists and turns that did not make me stop wondering. The collection ends with a cliff hanger and I am eagerly seeing forward to the next chapter. Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandra on 7 July 2012
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This hard cover has some of my most favorite issues so far! I loved the art by Braithwaite - he never disappoints! I can't praise the art enough, because I really enjoyed it. In fact, if I could get over how much I liked the visual telling of the story, I might make another comment, but yeah! AWESOME sums it up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Loki, the Boy Wonder! 31 Mar 2012
By A Forest Fan - Published on
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This collection is the reason you should continue buying Marvel. Drawing together all of the elements of The Mighty Thor since Ragnarok (The Fall of the Norse Gods), Kieron Gillen earns a top spot in the pantheon of writing gods.

Those who enjoyed the consequences of Loki's oddly heroic death in Siege will find this a very gratifying story. Young Loki is more focused on mischief and having a purpose than the chaos of his dead older self. In a twist that I found quite surprising, Loki is still dead. Loki and the reader attempt to rediscover a purpose in this new life, without repeating the mistakes of old. This younger version is full of himself and is distrusted by all the Norse gods, yet somehow finds his way through capers that are just a delight.

This book has very little to do with what Bendis wrote for the "Fear Itself" story arc, and that is a huge HUGE plus. This is among the finest work I have ever seen come out of Marvel, in any decade. Funny, touching, thought-provoking, full of adventure and razor-sharp continuity from the recent Thor books. If there was a time machine, Marvel would have put Gillen in charge of the Fear Itself storyline, and had Bendis fetch him his coffee, instead.

The stories touch on Garm, the Desir, Mephisto, the Mighty Thor, a fearsome Odin, a ticked-off Surtur, and a host of other personalities that are larger than life in the way Marvel readers have come to expect of the Lords of Asgard and their train. If Loki dies at the end of the forthcoming Avengers movie, they should grab this book and make it the third movie in the story arc. It's that darn good. (Also thanks to Doug Braithwaite for continuing to give us exquisite illustrations to his Marvel work. Buy it, already!!)
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
My top favorite comic series - LOKI! 3 Mar 2012
By geeky-comic-girl - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I cannot praise this series enough. Kieron Gillen knows his stuff. He's got the right wit and timing needed to write young Loki really well, but he also has a handle on the other Asgardians and their foes and supporting cast of mortals. The art is really great, as well. The stories are exciting and creative and leave you waiting for the next issue. If I could only keep one book on my pull list, it would be Journey into Mystery. Loki was always my favorite in the Thor universe, but even if you've become a Loki fan more recently, (thanks to Tom Hiddleston, of course), you won't be disappointed. Loki's constant struggle to discover who he is and make choices between right and wrong is very appealing. It makes Loki so much more relatable and gives him so much more depth than in the past where he was simply bad and out to kill Thor.

Give this fabulous series a try. Its really a cut above the usual comic fare and I did not follow the Feat Itself storyline when it was out and I didn't feel particularly lost when I read this series. To me, that's priceless because I didn't want to be forced to collect a million tie-ins and other comics. Honestly, to me, its all about Loki. :-)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Amazing! 5 Feb 2012
By Taylor Corbet - Published on
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Let me start by saying that I was never really a Thor fan. Of all the Marvel stuff, I was the most apathetic to everything magical and Asgardian and what not. But then I picked up Journey into Mystery (and then all the other Thor-related stuff Kieron Gillen wrote) and let me just say it's the best thing Marvel has going on right now. This is Loki's book, but it's not the mustachio-twirling, predictably evil Loki you might remember. Reincarnated into the body of a child in during Matt Fraction's Thor run, Loki has no memories of any of the evils of his past life. Unfortunately for him, all of Asgard does and no one but Thor is willing to cut him a break. Too bad for them he might be their only hope in the War of the Serpent.

This is really a case of a great writer being given the perfect character to work with for his talents. Kieron Gillen is perfect for this book. Every piece of dialogue, every narration is chosen to perfectly give the reader the sense of mystery and wonder a fantasy book should (the first few pages with the journey of the 7 magpies is the perfect illustration of what I mean. It reads just like a myth), and Mr. Gillen writes Loki with just the right amount of wit and heart this new young incarnation deserves. I hope this series has a very long run, and I'll be sure to add each and every book to my collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
good place for a newbie to begin 14 Oct 2012
By Jem - Published on
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I've always been a fan of superhero movies and TV shows, but beyond a few graphic novels adapted from traditional novels, I haven't really read comics before now. After seeing the blockbuster film Marvel's The Avengers, I wanted more of those characters. However, I was uncertain where to begin since Marvel has 60+ years of existing history and continuity. So, I decided to start with Thor since I at least had familiarity with the Norse myths he is derived from (and yeah, I LOVE Loki). And, I went to Wikipedia. I learned that after major events like House of M, Civil War/Dark Reign and Siege, the Marvel universe had been reimagined. Specifically, the Aesir gods had broken a cycle with a final Ragnarok, instigated by the supervillain Loki, and been reborn. And Thor found Loki as a child and, inexplicably, chose to bring him back to the newly built Asgard. That is where Journey into Mystery, Volume 1 begins, with "kid Loki".

I have to say I loved the story! Not only is the child Loki a fun and captivating protagonist, but he is an imaginative and still faithful interpretation of the character. Here is the trickster, the mischief-maker, of mythology that is not yet an outright villain. And, Gillen perfectly captures the voice of a young teen boy. Certainly Loki would be as smart-ass, but so would any other 13-15 year old boy (about the age I'd judge the character to be). Add to this the fact that everyone in Asgard remembers the previous incarnation of Loki, that nearly destroyed the world, and this boy's life is challenging to say the least. In Volume 1, Loki learns how he came to be reincarnated (a clever twist worthy of a god), but also goes on an adventure to save not only Asgard, but the older brother who is the only person who does not hate him - Thor.

The art in the book is vibrant and stunning. I love how the characters are rendered, and the backgrounds are rich and detailed. The art not only complemented the story, it helped with clarity and flow. The volume also concluded with a "recap" of the Thor storyline that lead to the events of JiM, V1. This was a nice addition to help newcomers find their footing. This book is a good place for a newcomer to comics to dive into the Marvel universe, and especially for fans of Loki. But be prepared to continue the investment. I enjoyed this so much I immediately ordered volumes 2-4. And, it hooked me enough that I have several Thor omnibus collections on my wishlist, as well as Siege. I think it won't be long before I have to add another bookshelf just for my Marvel graphic novels. Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
LOKI'D 14 Jun 2012
By Charlotte - Published on
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What can I say--STUNNING art, awesome writing and more Loki hijinks than you can shake a stick at. If your heart is not instantly captured by this young trickster (who has the most endearing mix of bravado, canny worldliness, innocence and wit, I might add), then there's something wrong with you and you need to go find a new comic series.
Whether you're a long time Marvel fan or new to the Loki-Love (thank you, Avengers!), there's PLENTY to delight in this book.
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