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Journey Into Mystery #641: Review

Jul 2012
Kieron Gillen, Richard Elson

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(No title given)

Review & Comments

4 stars

Journey Into Mystery #641 Review by (November 18, 2013)
Review: Nice wrap-up to the story of the Manchester Gods, though it seems like merely a prologue to “Everything Burns.” The truly sad bit is the vanishing of Leah, the best foil delightful young Loki has had. She returns but it’s/she’s not the same. And yes, that opening is a nod to V FOR VENDETTA; they do know that’s a DC comic, right?

Comments: Part three of three. Final appearance of the “original” Leah; subsequent sightings are of her fictitious double from the FEAR ITSELF storyline. Other places of power destroyed are the Long Man of Wilmington, Hadrian’s Wall, Glastonbury Tor, Merlyn’s Tower, Castle Le Fay, the Green Chapel, and the Starlight Citadel.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Journey Into Mystery #641 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Loki and Leah, appropriately wearing Guy Fawkes masks, blow up Stonehenge, one of the Old Gods’ places of power. As part of his scheme to weaken the Gods of Camelot, they continue to destroy the ancient landmarks. This comes to the attention of the Old Gods who are driven to make peace with the Manchester Gods, while Loki feigns sorrow over his "failure." The God of Mischief then settles accounts with Daimon Hellstrom and attends to his final bit of business: obtaining the Holy Grail for Hela, Goddess of Death. With Master Wilson to distract the Lady of the Lake, Loki and Leah leads Hela to the resting place of the Grail. Hela desires to restore her missing hand, taken by the Disir (somewhere in THOR (2007) #611-614). The Goddess of Death drinks from the sacred cup and her hand is healed—but at the cost of the sacrifice of Leah, literal handmaiden to Hela. A grieving Loki, having lost his BFF, asks Ikol about the rumor that he is Hela’s father but the complicated answer is unsatisfying. Loki returns to Asgard where the All-Mother is outraged at his solution to the problem; Loki reacts angrily that he accomplished his mission and brought peace to Otherworld with no loss of life. What is the problem with that?

The problem: we learn in the epilogue that the Red King who created and powers the Manchester Gods is none other than the Fire Demon Surtur—and the time of doom has arrived….

Preview Pages
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Richard Elson
Richard Elson
Ifansyah Noor
Stephanie Hans (Cover Penciler)
Stephanie Hans (Cover Inker)
Stephanie Hans (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Goddess of Death)

(Loki Laufeyson)
Son of Satan
Son of Satan

(Daimon Hellstrom)

Plus: All-Mother (Freyja, Gaia, Idunn), Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), King Arthur, Leah of Hel, Manchester Gods, Merlin the Magician, Surtur (Surtur the Fire Demon).

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