The ongoing, monthly American comic book series from Marvel Comics, Journey into Mystery, will be coming to an end later this year. The series has been on and off again since the 1950s being published originally by Atlas Comics. It has also had quite a back and forth past with what genre and stories they actually were going to present. When Journey into Mystery first began, it was focused on stories that were more of the science fiction genre, having to do with giant monsters and aliens. During the 1960s, Marvel Comics obtained the publishing rights to the series and began running it as a science fiction-fantasy series starring the Norse hunk that we all love, Thor.
When Volume 2 of the series launched in 1972, it has then taken the approach to being a science fiction and horror comic, similar to that of Tales from the Crypt or Marvel’s earlier attempts, Chamber of Darkness and Tower of Shadows. That run of genre for the Journey into Mystery series ended in 1975. It returned to the roots of science fiction-fantasy in the 1990s and 2010s.
The books still focused primarily on Thor and later on would focus heavily on a child form of Thor’s evil brother, Loki. Loki was brought to life by the writer Kieron Gillen. Gillen had written for the comics from issue #622 to #645 where it was then taken over by Kathryn Immonen. With a new writer, comes a new hero in the form of the a heroine from Asgard and lover of Thor, Lady Sif.
In regards to the series coming to and end, Immonen tells Digital Spy, “To be truthful, the real challenge that we inherited with this book was living up to the beautiful work that Kieron [Gillen] et al had done previously and the amazing reader energy that had been generated.” She also states how great it was to write for Sif and hopes that she can find a new home somewhere among the Marvel universe.
The series will end with #655 which is set to be released in August.