WAR OF THE REALMS: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 / Writers: The McElroys / Artist: Andre Lima Araújo / Color Artist: Chris O’Halloran / Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles / Cover Artist: Valerio Schiti & David Curiel / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Published: April 10, 2019
Adventures in God-Sitting
The McElroys (The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins) and Andre Lima Araújo (Scarlet Spider) bring us a fun adventure book with gods, a Man of Spiders, a brave archer, a sorcerer supreme, a half-machine, and the one of wonders. So, the story is Thor has another secret sibling, a baby sister named Laussa Odinsdottir (Get it – Odin’s daughter? Like Thor Odinson, get it? Good.), and Balder the Brave, along with a crew of superhero misfits, must run away from the evil forces during the War of the Realms event going down in New York
The McElroys bring back some of Marvel’s more obscure characters, including: Death Locket, or Death Lock 2.0, as she calls herself in this issue, from cult hit Avengers Arena; Sebastian Druid from Bendis and Hickman’s Secret Warriors run; and Thori, the hel dog that first appeared in Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery. Alongside modern Marvel classics like Kate Bishop and Miles Morales comes an actual classic Wonder Man and Balder the Brave. These characters comprise what is quite possibly the most random line up of Marvel characters I’ve ever seen, and I love it. I also love Araújo’s art for this assortment and the way his art fits the adventure movie tone of the book so far.
Into the Marvel Zone!
There’s a long list of comics written by non-comic-book celebrities and succeeding beautifully, like Max Landis’s Superman: American Alien and Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy, or failing to follow through in one way or another like CM Punk’s Drax series. Thankfully, podcast icons Justin, Travis, Griffon, and their kooky old dad Clint McElroy fall into the former. I was not shocked to realize that the stars of The Adventure Zone and My Brother, My Brother, and Me are fans of Marvel Comics. However, to also be up to date on characters like Death Locket, Sebastian Druid, and Thori along with modern Marvel favorites like the All-New versions of Spider-Man and Hawkeye and be able to tell a fun and cohesive in-universe adventure story during a huge crossover event is practically unheard of. My only complaint is Ares seems to be a villain again, but that’s a personal preference, otherwise, this issue is pure unadulterated Marvel fun and that’s all I ask.
I realize, looking back over this review, that I list the characters within three times, but instead of adjusting this fact to make a more discrete and readable review, just get hype for these Marvel Characters in this Marvel Comic! It’s some pure true believer content right here!
Verdict: 4.5 out of 5