Kieron Gillen’s Thor & Loki saga starts with Journey Into Mystery #622, a comic book edited by Marvel.
Why would I, a devout DC Comics fan, more specifically of Batman and Vertigo’s edgier characters Sandman and Constantine, buy a Marvel comic, and even more astounding, one about Thor, their weirdest hero?
Well, it’s written by the one and only Kieron Gillen. You can find out more about him in this Irrational podcast, where he talks with Ken Levine, the mastermind behind BioShock. If you like the sound of Shawn Elliot’s and Ken Levine’s voice, give the other podcasts a try, they’re a fascinating trip into the beating heart of one of the world’s greatest game companies.
As I was saying, Journey Into Mystery #622 was written by Kieron Gillen, the guy behind The Cassandra Project mod for Deus Ex that was never finished, one of the founding fathers of esteemed PC gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the reviewer behind that astounding Deus Ex review that detailed three different approaches to one of the game’s missions, the guy that wrote a Guitar Hero article for The Escapist, a million years ago, and convinced me to buy the game right there and then.
So I had to at least check out the freely available preview of the article. And then it dawned on me: Loki using an iPhone (or an Android phone…), re-baptized as a Stark Phone to fit the Marvel Universe where Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and The Edge are all the same guy.
Today I finally bought this issue, alongside Batman’s Dark Victory, for my brother, and the Mass Effect anthology and the first issue of the Illusive Man stories.
Let me tell you. Journey Into Mystery #622 is a fantastic issue, and it probably took Kieron quite the best of a day or two to write it all. The rest of the story doesn’t get into gadgets at all, but describes a tale that rivals Raistlin Majere’s saga in the Dragonlance Universe.
I’ll be reading this, Mr. Gillen. Let’s see if it doesn’t get SOUR.