WotR Damage Report – It’s Operation: Save the God Baby in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 (Review)
Writers: The McElroys
Illustrator: Andre Lima Arujo
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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We are met with another tie-in to the War of the Realms. This time, a title that I have not seen in circulation for a long time, Journey into Mystery. I had no idea what to expect for a lineup of characters or how this was going to tie in to the big event, but I was still excited nevertheless. Our story starts out in an RV speeding down a desert highway with some faces both familiar and new. The most important one to mention at this point would be Balder, Thor’s brother. Ill get to the rest of the crew shortly. First, we flash back to four weeks ago when Thor and Balder learn that they have a baby sister. Lady Freya makes it Balder’s mission to take her to Oklahoma. In Oklahoma is where the baby has the best opportunity to thrive during the war because that is where Thor’s other-mother, Gaea resides. Essentially, the bulk of this issue entails how he meets all of the heroes that end up in that speeding RV. Thori is also sent with him for protection. Their first encounter is Miles Morales. I am already loving where this is going based off of the potentially hilarious chemistry that could come about with Miles trying to protect an Goddess in an RV with a talking dog and another God. There’s more though. The team gets to the castle in Oklahoma by means of Thor’s friend Raz. Once there, they are greeted by Skuld and Lady Gaea. They had off the baby and Skuld tells them that they need to continue on west with the child instead. He clues him in on the possible odd characters such as Hawkeye, Dethklok, Doctor Strange, and Power Man that may join him on his mysterious journey. The thing is, there may have been some misrepresentation of which version of these heroes would be joining. For instance, Kate Bishop is the Hawkeye that meets up with them, not Clint. And the Dethklok they come across is a more advanced female version known as Dethklok 2.0. Also, the Master of the Mystical Arts they get is a man named Sebastian Druid, a runner up for Sorcerer Supreme. I believe the funniest encounter comes with Power Man’s entrance. He is in fact Power Man, he’s just a pacifist now, so essentially useless, but still decides to tag along. Once we get through the montage of the crew coming together, we go back to the speeding RV chase with Kate Bishop driving and Thori taunting the people chasing them, whoever that may be. The stuff behind them turns out to not be nearly as important as what’s happening ahead of them. The bridge goes out and they have to get out of the RV. They look on the other side of the bridge to see none other than Ares ready to go to war, and that’s where we leave off.
I don’t know how many of them there are or what they have done in the past, but I truly enjoyed what The McElroys came up with in this story. A very random and unexpected team of heroes on an unexpected journey. This book jumped time frames more than once, but never got confusing. Just more interesting and intriguing as it went along. I can’t say for sure when or how this story ties into WotR, but I have faith that we will all find out soon enough. I look forward to seeing how The McElroys progress their fun and mysteriously exciting story from here.
The art by Andre Lima Arujo and Chris O’Halloran were completely up to par with what I would have wanted out of a book titled “Journey into Mystery.” The are was deep, but lighthearted at times as well. I couldn’t find any inconsistencies in the line work at all, and for introducing new character designs, I really appreciate that. O’Halloran’s colors are always amazing, and this book is no exception. The color pallet is always proper to the tone of the story, something a writer can really appreciate as far as helping to tell the story. Overall, I very much enjoyed the visuals in this issue.
Like I stated earlier, I had no idea what to expect when going into this book, but I could not have been more pleased with the team it delivered and the potential chemistry that can come about facing down their first major for, Ares. I don’t know how this is going to directly tie in to the main event taking place in New York, but you can bet I’m in on the journey to find out.
I had no idea what to expect when going into this book, but I could not have been more pleased.