Journey Into Mystery #85 sees a shift in direction for this series. Gone are aliens and dictatorships and replacing it is elements of Norse mythology, which is definitely a welcome change. In this issue we are taken to Asgard, where Loki escapes his imprisonment and decides to seek revenge on Thor for his part in it. It doesn’t take long for Loki to track Thor to Earth and engage in his mischief.
Loki is definitely an improvement over the previous villains and is definitely a more credible threat than the Executioner from the last issue. Indeed, I love Loki as a character and his disdain for mortals is captured even early on in this issue. However, the story is kind of hampered by the fact that Thor isn’t really Thor, but Dr. Blake who has Thor’s powers, which brings up the question of what happened with Thor? Also the story has some flaws as well, such as how does Thor know how to throw his hammer and it’ll take Loki to Asgard and Jane swooning over almost every guy.
However despite the flaws, Journey Into Mystery #85 is a fun read and worth checking out just for the fact that it begins to lay the ground work of the Norse mythology elements that will become common in the series.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Artie Simek