The first chapter in the Journey Into Mystery crossover with the New Mutants was a PACKED issue of set up, told with the fun and wit I expect from Gillen's Journey Into Mystery. I really haven't warmed to DnA's New Mutants, but here, things move along fairly quickly and Gillen and DnA's writing meshes well. I have a feeling that Carmine Di Giandomenico's pencils aren't going to be to everyone's taste, but I LOVE them. He can draw anything, real or imaginary, and can he pack a panel! Yet I've no trouble at all following the story. Check out the preview pages for his amazing recap of the history of the Disir. Lovely use of vertical panels that give it a stained glass vibe. And his version of Mephisto's hell is definitely creepy ... all the eyeballs and weird angles ... great stuff. I'm hoping he'll be the artist across all five issues, which will make for an artistically consistent story -- a rarity these days. I also have to give a nod to Andy Troy, the colorist, as there are several lighting / energy effects that he pulled off quite well.
Zig, a neighbor of the New Mutants in San Francisco, isn't what he seems, i.e. a Peeping Tom. He mistakes Leah for Hela when she dropped off one of the Hel-Puppies. Hel-Puppies is adorable in a pink ribbon. Clearly, the New Mutants got the good 'un.
Breakfast at the New Mutants house, where Dani 'encourages' Sunspot to find employment. Dani notices Zig's Peeping Tom turn and runs over to confront him. Mistake. He 'sees' she's a Valkyrie and panics, and dons his armor revealing himself as 'The Final Portion' which apparently frees the Disir from Mephisto's hell. Mephisto immediately tells Loki and blackmails him into recovering the Disir.
Loki tells Leah to go tell Hela. Loki tells Thor who tells the Warriors Three and Sif. Loki REALLY is hopeless with Thori. He needs to watch some Cesar.
Dani, the Disir, the Asgardians, and Hela's contingent all arrive at the same time, and Zig reveals himself as Sigurd the Ever Glorious, Legend of Legends and The Final Portion (NOT the nickname you want the Disir to assign you). He reads a scroll and the Asgardians disappear.
Epilogue: Nearby, a young dark haired boy named Luke is told to stop reading by his one handed foster mother.