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Journey into Mystery #655 - Seeds of Destruction, Conclusion Review

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The Journey reaches its end as Sif and Beta Ray Bill come speeding toward Earth on an uncontrollable vessel.

The Good

Answer me one question. One single, solitary question. Why was this book not rebranded with the rest of Marvel NOW? We may never get a straight answer, nor may we ever know if this book’s fading sales were the cause of, or caused by, this lack of rebranding, but whatever the reason, it is a tragedy that this book is coming to an end. Kathryn Immonen took the helm awhile back, but she only recently turned it into a book starring the Asgardian warrior Sif, but she also transformed it into a light-hearted romp that was as much fun to read as it was to look at. Sif is joined by Beta Ray Bill as they try to steer Tony Stark’s garden in space and prevent it from causing massive damage when it smashes to Earth. Meanwhile, Ti Asha Ra, the OTHER last Korbinite possesed by Bill’s ship Skuttlebutt’s AI, is trapped by Gaea the All-Mother. If all that sounds like a bit much, don’t worry: Immonen imbues all of these characters with an enormous amount of heart and a razor-sharp wit that never turns mean-spirited. This book has always had a tremendous amount of great banter, but no one ever felt disadvantaged by it and it was never without at least a grain of affection. This issue goes out on that tone and tenor with Bill being hard-headed, but never stupid, and Sif being irritated, but never arrogant.

Valerio Schiti is a name I hope to hear more of in the very near future as his pencils and inks on this book have been nothing short of stellar each and every issue he’s done. I hadn’t even heard of him until I started reading this book, and he apparently has quite a new career, but it’s one that I can’t wait to see more of as he brings an amazing level of detail, both character and background, to every single panel. I don’t know how he manages, but there are no corners cut and every character looks absolutely great. The facial expressions and subtle ticks he puts into his panels are truly a sight to behold, particularly in a book with as much quipping and banter as this one has. The linework is also smooth, but distinct, giving everything a very warm and inviting look, even in the cold vacuum of space. Jordie Bellaire finishes on colors and fortunately, she’s already got plenty more work lined up because her colors sing on the page. This issue, about life and greenery and spaaaace definitely needed a colorist that could make the imagery explode off the page, and that’s exactly what Bellaire delivers. There’s a nuance to the coloring that’s hard to pin down, but I’d honestly have a hard time seeing anyone else’s work filling in Schiti’s lines, these two work brilliantly together.

The Bad

There won’t be any more issues after this one! That’s certainly my main complaint, but another is that the dialog is sometimes ponderous and hard to follow, making the overall plot hard to follow. There are also times when it feels very, very rushed, making me wonder if there was supposed to be another issue, but it was called at a nice round 5.

The Verdict

Even with the plot a little obfuscated at times, this issue, and this book, have been a joy to read and a thrill to experience. Immonen, thankfully, has a couple of projects lined up, but I’d love to see her on another Marvel book, preferably one that got the kind of promotion that seems to be helping Captain Marvel soar (of course, the amazing creative team on that one is a big part of it too) as a new title. It’s rare to see a creative team that so perfectly work off of one another with Schiti’s amazing faces perfectly conveying Immonen’s rapier wit and Bellaire’s colors making both the lines and the writing come to life. There are a lot of heady concepts in this book, but at its heart is, well, an awful lot of heart, and that’s what makes it, ultimately, worth a look. When this is released in trade, I can’t recommend it enough and, of course, if you’ve been reading, you HAVE to pick this one up. It’s what Sif would want!

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Posted by RedQueen

Oh, JiM I will miss you. Great series, and unfortunately criminally under-read. Agree completely with the review.

Edited by BR_Havoc

Wish you guys would of reviewed all the issues this book needed all the press it could get to spread the word about how great it was.

Batman gets enough press why not spread the word on some lesser books that are as good or better.

Edited by nerdork

This may have been my favorite run of the entire title. Sif was a most excellently written hero for the series. It was great to see Beta Ray Bill shine as well. He's one of my favorite, yet underused, comic book characters. I am already in withdrawl mode.

Posted by dreamfall31

Only picked up since the start of the Beta Ray Bill arc, but I loved every issue. Definately gonna miss the art!

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

I just love this issue. I had fun reading the previous one's. Really missed Bill and Sif is just a total kick-ass.

Posted by Owie

The plot didn't honestly make a whole hell of a lot of sense, but it has been enjoyable anyway. Great Sif/BRB relationship. And honestly, it made her sexy in a good way--not the cheesy exploitative way that women are in almost all comics--a way that is actually respectful of her.

Posted by sparty-dbq

@owie said:

The plot didn't honestly make a whole hell of a lot of sense, but it has been enjoyable anyway. Great Sif/BRB relationship. And honestly, it made her sexy in a good way--not the cheesy exploitative way that women are in almost all comics--a way that is actually respectful of her.

I didn't want to say this because it might make me sound like a typical creep gushing over a drawing, but since this is the last issue and you gave me an opening, I'm just going to go right ahead and agree with you. Sif was stunning in this book. Gorgeous, but in a very powerful and dignified sense. Schiti did wonders in this all too brief stint on the book.

Speaking of which, that just makes me shake my head. 655 issues, dating back to the earliest days of the modern Marvel universe, introduced one of its most iconic characters and his vast, compelling world, but 9 issues focusing on a female character, and the whole thing sinks like a stone. What the hell, people? DC can milk Catwoman's cleavage for two years, but Marvel can't sustain a book with a positive, influential female lead? This is bullcrap!

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

It is time again to lay down another comic title to rest

After 655# Issues We lay down "Journey Into Mystery" to rest

It was a long and great run

But we can honestly say

"Mystery Solved."

*Throws rose on copy of last issue*

Anyone else have any final words?

Edited by Owie

@owie said:

The plot didn't honestly make a whole hell of a lot of sense, but it has been enjoyable anyway. Great Sif/BRB relationship. And honestly, it made her sexy in a good way--not the cheesy exploitative way that women are in almost all comics--a way that is actually respectful of her.

I didn't want to say this because it might make me sound like a typical creep gushing over a drawing, but since this is the last issue and you gave me an opening, I'm just going to go right ahead and agree with you. Sif was stunning in this book. Gorgeous, but in a very powerful and dignified sense. Schiti did wonders in this all too brief stint on the book.

Speaking of which, that just makes me shake my head. 655 issues, dating back to the earliest days of the modern Marvel universe, introduced one of its most iconic characters and his vast, compelling world, but 9 issues focusing on a female character, and the whole thing sinks like a stone. What the hell, people? DC can milk Catwoman's cleavage for two years, but Marvel can't sustain a book with a positive, influential female lead? This is bullcrap!

Yeah, it's sad. I appreciate they're putting out several female-focused books right now, but they needed to give it more support.

Posted by Z3RO180

I just got into this seris an now I find out that its cancelled :( Just my luck first demon knights now this .