Episode 136 – Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself


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In this episode, Myth Takes, our miniseries on comics and mythology, continues with a discussion of everyone’s favorite teenage God of Chaos, Kid Loki, in Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself (specifically, Journey Into Mystery issues #622-626 and #628-629) by Keiron Gillen, Doug Braithwaite and Whilce Portacio, published by Marvel Comics!

When Cul the Serpent, God of Fear and brother of Odin the All-Father, threatens the Nine Realms in the 2011 crossover event Fear Itself, a newly reincarnated Loki sets out to prevent another Ragnarok. Using all his trademark cunning and guile, the godling must assemble a ragtag team of companions to help him in his quest—even though doing the right thing comes at a terrible personal cost!

Can the teen trickster save the world for once, rather than destroy it? And can he cross the rainbow bridge to that hallowed hall of heroic tales known as … The Comics Canon?

(Programming note: The god of mischief bedeviled us with some odd Zoom-related glitches for the first few minutes; things get better just after the 13-minute mark.)

In This Episode

  • Norse vs. Greek mythology in comics
  • War of the Realms
  • The Sandman and Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount
  • An early 90s Image Comics flashback
  • Thor Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski
  • Resident Alien on SYFY
  • Journey Into Mystery # 627
  • Young Avengers: Style > Substance

Join us in two weeks as we move from Asgard to ancient Japan to discuss Usagi Yojimbo: Grasscutter!

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