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Loki: Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen Omnibus Hardcover – August 15, 2017
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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My point here is that Kieron Gillen hit it out of the park, with clever writing and phenomenal characterization that kind of leaves one simultaneously desiring to give him a hug and also maybe punch him in the face, because how /dare/ something called a 'comic' book be this tragic and cause this much pain? It's definitely the kind of thing you want to read while your phone is nearby so you can stop every now and then and send capslocked texts to your friends about how much you either love or hate the section you're in.
Pretty much if you loved this run when it happened in 2012, you should get this omnibus.
If you haven't read this run and want to understand the hype, get this omnibus.
(If you want more Kid!Loki he also does things check out Matt Fraction's The Mighty Thor run as #1-6 have pre-journey into mystery adventures, and #8-12 run parallel to the issues 631-636 of this omnibus)
Kid Loki is just really fun to read about, watching a nicer, younger version scheme for his own benefit but taking others into account as well. It is touching to see that he does care, in the end, and it makes it heartbreaking to watch events carrying over from the last volume crushing him now, as well as some of his more recent adventures. He doesn't mean to act like his older self too much, but finds that's just too much in his nature.
All the stories here a great. The first one, lacking a name and covering the New Mutants as well as the first part of the Journey into Mystery, involves the New Mutants as they discover their Asguardian next door neighbor. The second one involves Loki, Leah, and a war between old, mystical English gods and newer deities of modernity, the so called "Manchester Gods". The third one, "Everything Burns", marks the end of everything, including Loki's run when everything he has laid out backfires on him, in a way. After that there is an issue of Thor which links back to "Everything Burns" as well as the Thor Annual which, to be honest, is good but I don't see it's connection with the greater story.
The first story arc is great, seeing how ridiculous it actually is. Because Dani Moonstar of the New Mutants is Hela's Valkyrie, their Asguardian neighbor freaks out and draws the attention of Disir under Mephisto's "care", and these cursed beings go to find him. Prompting the Asguardian heroes we know and love (Thor, The Warriors Three, Sif, and...Loki?) as well as a few others (Hela, Leah, Tyr) to get involved too...until that first Asguardian uses a spell to completely screw with them. It's from old Loki, of course, with hilarious consequences. It's great to watch Loki fall to his own spell and actually be a normal kid for once in this arc. He's not trying to be too devious here, and his interactions with the Mutants (Dani, Magma, Sunspot, Warlock, Cypher, and X-Man) is gold, as are the ways the other Asguardians deal with the curse put onto them as well.
The second one is about the new "Manchester Gods" that threaten the older British ones. These beings of modernity are threatening war with the magical space of Britain, but as an internal conflict other pantheons can't technically get involved. It's just something they don't do...as a whole. The All-Mother sends Loki in their place, because he's a private citizen of the Norse mythology and besides, who'll believe they'll trust Loki? He and Leah are just hilarious as they deal with a rather complicated scheme which, in the end, has the best intentions...even if terrorism is part of the answer. Captain Britain and Daimon Hellstrom guest star, neither of which are too happy to see Loki. This arc, while it works out for everyone else, doesn't work out well for Loki, and causes the third arc to really harm him.
"Everything Burns" is where this all leads to. As the title might imply, it involves Surtur, which pleases no one. It shows the complex political structure of the nine-realms that is often not focused on, and brings in all the consequences of Kid Loki's actions into prospective. This is where Loki falls, where his betrayals both save everyone but doom him, and brings it all in full circle. Just, damn Ikol. The end is touching and leads perfectly into Gillen's next work with the character, the second volume of the Young Avengers. The ending is something that sticks with Loki, and leads him to drive the story line there, so if you are a fan of the Loki character, that is the next thing to read as soon as you finish this!