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Journey Into Mystery (1952) #114

Journey Into Mystery (1952) #114

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I never understood why, instead of slipping a magical mickey to Crusher Creel, Loki didn't imbibe the empowering potion himself!

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The first appearance of the Absorbing Man! And wow, what an interesting concept! I first saw this character in the "Avengers - Earth mightiest heroes"-cartoon, and I couldn't wait to get to his first comic appearance. I'm not disappointed so far!

We're back to Loki scheming the downfall of Thor, after several issues of him only having a minor role in the things, hanging around Asgard, influencing Odin and stopping whatever help the other Asgardians planned to give him. This time, he first tries to take Thors powers away...only to fail, since only Odin can do that. I, for myself, always wandered, why Odin always takes Thors powers on a whim, but never seems to limit Lokis powers instead, and my best guess is, Thor is powered by the Odinforce, which is controlled by Odin, and Loki isn't. But that's beside the point.

Plan B is one he already did a few times: Power up a mortal, so he might beat Thor. And this time, he had a genius idea: Giving some criminal the power, to absorb the power and features of things and people near him. Touching metal makes his body metal, touching wood, and he can't be spotted in the forest, being near Thor - and he has all the powers of the Thundergod. Add his ball and chain as a weapon similar to Thors hammer, and you have a fitting oponent!

So it's a bit disappointing to see Thor abandoning the fight shortly afterwars, since Loki has kidnapped Jane. Are you serious? Loki's plan was to defeat Thor, and this fight was on a good way! But now he gave Thor a big card with the sentence: "I'm here as well and still evil", so even Thor can get to the thought: "Maybe it was Loki." There is no need to kidnap Jane...again...and take her to his castle. And the revelation came so quick, and only told by Balder, that I half expected it to be a fake-out by Loki, so Crusher could attack him from behind. Instead...well, it tainted a good story, but it's still a good story.

Three little gems from the story, which I already made fun of during my Marvel-Livetweets: A new reporter is in Don Blakes office and tells him, on his way to the train he...slipped on a banana peel. I'm not sure, if they're really as slippery as everyone says, but I'm pretty sure his boss would have doubts, if he explained his tardiness that way. Maybe if he gets a story about a rampaging team of super-apes out of it.

Thors hammer was used for just about everything by now, starting with the Avengers it became a kind of tracking device as well. In this comic, Thor explains, his hammer tingles when danger is near. I think not only the Absorbing man can absorb powers, Thor is clearly using Peter Parkers Spidersense!

Back to the reporter: Apparently, he has a stack of dynamite with him in case he needs it. Sooooooo....was this only in case he runs into the Absorbing man? Or does he regularly carry dynamite around, in case it's a slow news days and he needs a catastrophy?

The Tales of Asgard was solid, a retelling of a more classical version of Little Red Riding hood. Nothing really much to say, else then it manages to tell the story without the grandmother (which, according to the dialogue, would be Odin) and any eating whatsoever, but it does show us the Asgardian hunter, who helped Thor recently, some more.

All in all a very good issue with one or two flaws.