WotR Damage Report: Trailer Park Skrulls
WotR: Journey into Mystery #2
Writer: The McElroys
Artist: Andre Lima Arujo
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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After reading the second issue of “Journey into Mystery”, another “WotR” tie-in, I’m convinced that this is possibly the wackiest team to come out of this event so far. The last issue entailed a high speed RV chase involving Miles Morales, Kate Bishop, Death Lockett, Wonder Man, Sebastian Druid, Balder, and Thori, whom had the mission of taking baby Laussa to the safest place possible; Oklahoma. That didn’t quite work out. Well, this issue gives us a better idea of whom they were being chased by, and why, along with introducing another aspect to this event that I’ll get to shortly. Let’s start at the beginning though. The two after Laussa: Sinder, daughter of Surtur, and Ares. The opening pages show Ares asking Cindr to kill him, seemingly because he finds the battle to be an inevitable loss. Cindr will not grant him his wish though, at least not at first. The two strike a deal, and that deal being that Ares must bring her baby Laussa before he can get his honorable death. And just like that, we now know who is behind the chase. Maybe not necessarily why Cindr is after Laussa, but one can only imagine what one could do with the daughter of the All-Mother and All-Father. Meanwhile, back in the RV, the team finds a park to settle down at for the evening. This RV park is more than what meets the eye, though. At first, the gang is hitting it off with some of the park people, but eventually things take a turn. As one of the old guys plays a campfire song, you can see a flame reach out, unassuming that to be Cindr using her magic to manipulate this situation, and thus the people of the park are exposed to be none other than Skrulls. Yep, even the Skrulls get a part in this event. Naturally, the team takes action, but when baby Laussa is woken up, the Skrulls get a change of heart. In the strangest turn of events, Laussa is able to turn the Skrulls from ravenous, to baby lovers, and that’s where we leave off.
The McElroys are doing a great job with this group of characters. I have a feeling this book was designed more for fun than it is plot driving, but I’m very okay with that. The dynamic between all of these characters seems realistic in the sense of how different all of them are from each other, and how none of them really know how to act towards one another. Thori definitely is the best part of the book so far just because of the comedic relief that is delivered in only a way a talking God-Dog would. I love that the Skrulls were able to make an appearance in this event, and the McElroys delivered with a curveball. I’m anxious to see if they find a way to use the Skrulls against Malekith, or if this was purely just “because they can.” Ether way, this team of writers has been two for two with this book.
I’m loving the art in these issues. Arujo does a great job a visually delivering humor with the expressions he puts on these characters faces. The art is extremely consistent all throughout, and never do I get lost in a confusing panel. It gave me just as many reasons to laugh as the actual dialog itself. The color by O’Halloran is nothing short of fantastic, as usual. I’ll admit, the tone of most of the “WotR” books have been getting redundant with the use of mostly just two main colors: Blue, due to the frequency of the Frost Giants, and Orange, because, well, fire. This book gives us a nice variation. Granted, a lot of that has to do with Skrulls being green, but it was more than that. It really is a masterfully broad pallet that you’ll just have to see for yourself.
As goofy and light-hearted as this story seems to be, minus Ares asking to be killed, I get the feeling that something drastic is going to happen within the pages of the next issue. I have no idea what baby Laussa means to this event, but something tells me there’s more to her than turning Skrulls into softies. Overall, I am enjoying this tie-in quite a bit, but mostly because of it’s comedic delivery. The dynamic between this team makes me want this series to continue on beyond just the tie-ins of “WotR.”
The dynamic between this team makes me want this series to continue on beyond just the tie-ins of “WotR.”