War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #1 Review

Written by: The McElroys
Art by: Andre Lima Aravjo, Chis O’Halloran and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 10, 2019

After reading the first issue of War of the Realms, I was suddenly all in on this whole Event. I was not planning on reading the main book itself, let alone the tie-ins, but Jason Aaron got me so pumped up and here I am, buying, reading and reviewing Journey Into Mystery. Maybe I should have stopped while I was ahead. Why? Let’s find out…

The issue opens with a cold open and while that usually doesn’t bother me, seeing the team in action here actually ruins the big joke of the issue. It’s a shame because at least that could have been something to enjoy as we go through this slog of an issue.

I really don’t want to waste anymore time on this issue so here is the gist of it…Thor suddenly has a baby sister and Balder is tasked with retrieving and protecting her. He is told by Skuld (one of the Norse Fates), who can talk now for convenience sake, to gather a team and the joke is that the team (Hawkeye, Spider-Man, etc) end up being Legacy characters Balder isn’t aware of. They are then chased by an 18 wheeler from hell that, by the end, doesn’t seem to be able to fire projectiles as far as it could earlier. Yep, the team building joke is ruined in the beginning of the issue and the truck becomes null and void because a bridge has a bit of it torn away. If none of this makes sense, don’t worry because it really doesn’t!

This is an awful issue and it’s a real shame that it’s the first released tie-in to War of the Realms. The art is good, but nothing else is worth a first, let alone a second glance as the McElroys write awful versions of characters (Thori is the worst offender here!) doing nothing of interest. Thor having a baby sister feels big, but it’s so forced in here that it is laughable.

Final Thoughts:

This issue is bad and the fact that it’s the first tie-in issue to the War of the Realms Event boggles my mind. I am hoping the other tie-ins are better (and it won’t take much!) because if they aren’t, we have a long road ahead of us. If you are picking and choosing what tie-ins to buy, I suggest leaving this one on the shelf!


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