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Journey into Mystery, Vol. 4: The Manchester Gods Paperback – December 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785161074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785161073
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first three trade volumes of Journey into Mystery (JiM). However, this last volume left me somewhat dissatisfied, not to mention confused. The book is split into two parts: the Manchester gods and a solo Thor story. The first opens with the mystical folk of Britannia (King Arthur, fairies, Captain Britain, et al) under siege by new "Manchester gods." So far, so good. They send to Asgard for help and the All-Mothers say no, which ticks off Thor. Thor, who died in Volume 2 of JiM; who didn't appear in Volume 3; and who is suddenly alive and annoyed in this volume. I asked around and learned that he was brought back in the "Tanarus arc" of The Mighty Thor. But, that is not particularly helpful to newbies just starting out in Marvel comics (like me). A notation, or even a brief recap, mentioning this would have been very helpful! Moreover, there is no interaction between Thor and kid Loki - which were some of my favorite scenes in V1.

The All-Mothers do want to help Britannia, but on the sly. Enter kid Loki, who is sent to "help." The main part of this story was as entertaining as the last three volumes. Loki and Leah engineer an end to the war (though not in a way anyway else approved) and continue their playful bickering. However, when he returns to Asgard, the All-Mothers are not pleased with his solution but the story ends abruptly without explaining why.

The second part is a seemingly random Thor story where he gets involved with Galactus, Silver Surfer and three near omnipotent "villains" I had never heard of. The story was okay on its own, but it didn't really fit into this volume of JiM which had focused on kid Loki for the past three volumes. I felt like it was thrown in to fill out the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Littrel on January 15, 2013
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These books remind me in a very strong way of The Sandman series of books from Vertigo comics. The tone is a bit different, but lots of clever little nods/winks, sharp writing, large narrative that nails even the details, and is full of very likeable characters. Love these books and they all have tremendous art talent on them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Culleton on October 30, 2013
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There may be spoilers ahead...

This is the weakest of the JIM volumes by Matt Fraction. Having written 3 brilliant volumes so far, he drops the standard, not because it's a poor story (in actual fact it's great) but because it feels a bit rushed to me.

Collecting issues 639, 640 and 641 of Journey Into Mystery, and The Mighty Thor Annual 1, there are only 3 issues of the main story "The Manchester Gods". Compared to the four or 5 issues it would normally take to fill a trade paperback volume, I feel that one more issue would have stretched the tale out a bit more.

This tale is about civil war and diplomatic relations. A war breaks out in Great Britain, but it's not a conventional war. The two sides are the Otherworld versus the Manchester Gods. The Otherworld is a mystical dimension - it's the collective subconscious of the British Isles and its populace are Celtic Gods, King Arthur, Herne the Hunter, and other mythical beings from British folklore, as well as Captain Britain.

Their opponents are the Manchester Gods, a new power of modernity, urbanity and industrialism threatening to unravel the rural, peaceful and magical astral plane. It's past versus future, magic versus machines. Think of Middle Earth versus Saruman's military might and you might get an idea.

So Otherworld asks Asgardia to intervene, but the All-Mother refuses, stating that Otherworld didn't help during the Serpent War (see Fear Itself) so is on its own. However, out of council, the All-Mother asks Loki to use his legendary talents of mischief and mayhem to interfere and put Otherworld on the path to peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rocio Quintanilla on December 17, 2013
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This is notable the weaker volume in the series, maybe that is the reason it doesn't have a hardcover edition, this is the only one in my collection that is paper bag. The story is kind of confusing and random at some points, it does have a very good imagery and references that will remind you of Neil Gaiman's style, so if you like his work, this is a nice ode to it.

For the series itself it doesn't add that much but if you want to understand a few important things about the All-Mother and Loki's mission, so it is OK, but not the best of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on July 18, 2013
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I am not the biggest comic book guy. Had a few here and there growing up. But I am a superhero nut. That said this whole series is great. The artwork is excellent. The writing feels crisp and energetic and they really captured something with this character. Loki has always fascinated me and with the emergence of The Avengers film it renewed my interest in the character and folklore. More dedicated fanboys can offer you a more detailed critique of plot points and where this series stacks up against others. But from the laymen's perspective this was a great read. Lots of fun. Enjoy.
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More About the Author

Kieron Gillen is a British writer and journalist best known for his work in comics and entertainment media.

Gillen's first graphic novel, PHONOGRAM (with artist/co-creator Jamie McKelvie), was published through IMAGE COMICS in 2006. Since then he's found work writing for MARVEL, AVATAR, BOOM, TOKYOPOP and more that don't spring to mind right now.

At Marvel, he's written runs on books including THE UNCANNY X-MEN, THOR, YOUNG AVENGERS, IRON MAN, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. He's also pursued his own creations, in books like UBER and THREE. His ongoing gods-as-popstar series with long time collaborators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson THE WICKED + THE DIVINE launched to both critical and commercial success. In 2015, he'll be launching books including DARTH VADER and MERCURY HEAT.

In his previous life as a critic, his work has appeared in WIRED, THE GUARDIAN, PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE UK, PC GAMER, EDGE and far too many others to count. In 2007 he was one of the founders of ROCKPAPERSHOTGUN.COM, what is now the world's premier PC-centric games blog.

His website can be found at KieronGillen.com. He probably should remember to update this more often, but he does get distracted by shiny lights and sudden noises.

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