Kieron Gillen and McKelvie’s interesting tales of a group of music-based magicians and the music-related shenanigans they get into. Very interesting and energetic stuff that feels kind of like a prototype for their currently running title The Wicked & The Divine. I kind of wish there was more of it, as it’s such an interesting concept that could be explored so much more. Despite the fact that the music they all reference (a lot of 90s pop/punk stuff mostly) isn’t really my kind of stuff, half of it I’ve never even heard of, the metaphors are all clear and the social constructs of one music scene are apparently close enough to that of an entirely different one that all the good old cliches of elitist sub-genre cliques and such are all too familiar. Definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who likes Gillen and/or unusual Brit-magic stories.
Anyway…back to Gillen’s run on Journey Into Mystery.
Most conveniently collected in Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen Complete Collection Volumes 1 and 2
This is the fascinating, funny, and tragic tale of the new kid Loki and how he tries his hardest to be good and escape the long, ugly legacy of his previous incarnation. Even though he was technically still an old character, this new version of Loki had his own new personality that was just so damn charming and interesting and it is an awful shame that he was pushed aside for the old, familiar version of Loki to return (which didn’t even end up happening anyway, really). Young Avengers continued the plot a bit and Al Ewing would later do a version that felt much like a spiritual successor, which I’ll get to in a bit, but still…I miss that nutty kid Loki. This is a must read series for anyone at all interested in Thor (though he doesn’t actually appear much here) and Kieron Gillen. Also included here was the Everything Burns crossover with Thor, which wrapped up both titles so that Thor could be relaunched once again, but at least he was put in good hands again.
So when last we saw Thor, JMS had left him exiled from Asgard, had all the Asgardians move to Latveria with Dr. Doom, and many other assorted dangling plot threads. Amazingly, Kieron Gillen, who was still relatively unknown at the time, appeared out of nowhere and sorted that shit out.
Gillen’s initial Thor run of Thor 604-614 and a few other misc issues, most conveniently collected in the Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Ah. Poor Kieron Gillen’s Iron Man. So much potential, cut so sadly short. A fascinating new approach to Iron Man that opened up a lot of new areas of the Iron Man mythology to be explored.
Most conveniently collected in Young Avengers Omnibus
I’m not generally a fan of the Young Avengers. In fact, before this series I absolutely hated the team and characters.