This fall, Journey into Mystery continues with a new lead and a new creative team! With issue #646, Kathryn Immonen and artist Valerio Schiti will chronicle the ongoing adventures of Lady Sif!
Today we spoke to Kathryn Immonen along with editor Lauren Sankovitch about the new direction for the series.
It was Sankovitch who first suggested that the series perspective shift from Loki to Sif. Immonen pitches the story as Sif’s journey toward becoming a better warrior and just how rocky that road can be. She points to Sif’s relationship with two Asgardians pivotal in but frequently absent from her life, Thor and her brother Heimdall. Immonen also suggests a connection between Sif and the previous lead Loki, in that both will never be Thor or enjoy his place in Asgard.
But this is also an opportunity to flesh out Sif’s character, as she’s so often limited to ancillary status. This November we get to see Sif shrug off those associations and fight first, talk later. Immonen praised Gillen’s “purple prose” in this run on the title, she won’t be attempting to recreate that style, instead giving the Asgardian warrior her own unique presentation.
You can expect a whole heap of big ol’ monsters.
Journey Into Mystery #646 debuts in November.
Update: Marvel originally sent out a cover with the wrong price on it. That cover has been replaced with the proper cover. Journey Into Mystery will be $2.99.