JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #634
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Art by Richard Elson
Colors by Jessica Kholinne
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Stephanie Hans
Size: 0 pages
You know what would be weird? If Kieron Gillen wrote Tiny Titans. It sounds like an unlikely pairing but this issue showed me something I didn’t think about during this run of this title. Kieron Gillen is fantastic at writing children, so much so he might be the best at it right now.
Throughout this particular issue both Loki and Leah bicker at each other like siblings. Maybe I don’t have the relationship like I did with my sister with her being a Hellspawn and me being a God (well actually that part IS true)….but their fighting reminded me a lot like how I was little. But it is genuinely funny and even if it isn’t the case; having the Son of Satan act like an older brother made the jokes work even more. Apart from that aspect of the book, this issue certainly had other great jokes and story beats. Gillen is doing some interesting things with structure in this issue from Loki destroying narration boxes to even playing with time in flashbacks. It shows how much creativity Gillen has as a writer and if anything it relaxes me that he won’t run out of ideas anytime soon.
Richard Elson is doing the art for this particular arc and for the first time I’m glad he’s doing it. His style was okay, but this time I really am enjoying his work. The lines are much cleaner and the layouts aren’t confusing to follow. Sure Loki and Leah look bizarre at points but it’s nothing to get hung up about. He handles the creative moments of the book like it actually feels like Loki is grabbing the narration boxes as if it’s there. In general the effects are great as well especially anything involving fire. Which a book involving ‘A’ Son of Satan it isn’t hard not to see any.
This is just another solid entry in what has been a great run by Gillen so far. Even if he has to tie it in to stupid events he has spun a masterful tale of redemption and just plain old fun for Loki. Maybe others won’t find the constant quipping as funny but for me it’s what makes this book stand out. Having a great fill in artist with Richard Elson doesn’t hurt either. I have no idea why you wouldn’t be buying this series already but I’ll save the obligatory comment for another day.
Art: 5 - Excellent