Lady Sif to Take Over Journey into Mystery Title
Good news, folks: today we learned that Journey Into Mystery will be sticking around in a post-Marvel NOW! world. Whew.
In fact, today's Next Big Thing Marvel press call was all about the future of Journey Into Mystery. Jumping on the press call was writer Kathryn Immonen and editor Lauren Sankovitch. Immonen will be taking over writing duties on the series starting with issue #646 in November, joined by artist Valerio Schiti, who unfortunately wasn't available to participate in the call.
With the passing of the torch from writer Kieron Gillen to Kathryn Immonen, Journey Into Mystery will see a focal shift as well, with Lady Sif replacing Loki as the series' lead character. According to Immonen, this brilliant idea rests on the shoulders of editor Lauren Sankovitch.
"We had it Loki-centric, so going forward with #646 we wanted to mix it up a little bit," explained Sankovitch. "Sif's been in the thick of it, she's a warrior born, she's got a lot of fight and verve and fire to her."
Immonen then jumped into the conversation to detail what it is that Sif is trying to accomplish in this story.
"We talked at length about what this story could be and what her story could be, and it all came down to one single question: what does she want? I think Sif, above all, wants to be a better warrior." So, obviously, she sets out to find that special ingredient that makes her a better warrior. However, things never go smoothly for any superhero. And over the course of Immonen's run, Sif will find herself mixed up with the wrong Asgardians -- many of whom will be familiar faces -- and plenty of monsters.
Immonen was then asked what her take on Lady Sif is, and this led to probably the highlight of the entire phone call. After laughing to herself and telling her audience to bear with her, Immonen compared Sif to her loyal hound dog in real life.
"It's kind of like my dog," joked Immonen. "My dog is a very committed hound dog! He's very committed to his path, but when he goes he assumes you're right behind him. [Sif] just leaps and she never looks back; she just assumes they're as committed to the cause as she is."
Lastly, Immonen and Sankovitch touched on artist Valerio Schiti. Immonen made it perfectly clear why they picked Schiti for the job. Apparently, Immonen and Sankovitch were cruising around his website and realized a simple truth: "he draws great beasties." That was enough to land him the gig, and also puts into perspective how big a role monsters will play over the course of Immonen's run.
For many, this news should bring smiles to faces. With Marvel NOW! fast approaching, we're still trying to find out which series will make the cut and which ones won't as Marvel moves into the next phase of their main comic universe. Thankfully, Marvel still feels there's plenty of mystery to journey into.
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