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Review: Loki #1

Writer: Al Ewing  Artist: Lee Garbett  Color artist: Nolan Woodward Letterer: VC'S Clayton Cowles Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett
Color artist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’S Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

The creative team behind Loki #1 really knows how to play to Loki’s fans. On the second page of the comic, Lee Garbett gives us a splash of Loki singing in the shower, tastefully covered with various bubbles. Okay okay, maybe that didn’t appeal to the entire Loki fandom…but on behalf of people who like that sort of thing, Lee Garbett is my new go to for mancandy.

Before the shower scene, the issue starts off even more provocatively with an image of Loki thrusting his sword through Thor, saying “Trust me. I know what I’m doing.” Only slightly disconcerting considering Loki’s recent past in the Marvel world. With his recent involvement with the Young Avengers (Rest in Peace), Loki’s status has been downgraded from “Evil” to “Loveable Scamp with a Heart of Gold” – at least in his own eyes.

Loki: Agent of Asgard follows Loki as he attempts to revamp his mythos by doing missions from the All-Mother. For every mission he completes, she will erase one story that portrays Loki in a negative light. Fair trade when you’re attempting to change your public image.

Like Loki, the issue is full of misdirection, confusing the reader as to Loki’s ultimate mission. The chaos that Loki causes in the Avengers tower is priceless, particularly when Hawkeye shoots Bruce Banner in the shoulder. The only way it could have been better is if the arrow had been to the knee…

After further hijinks, Loki’s real mission becomes clear. Using the sword of truth, Gram, Loki stabs Thor through the heart with it, and collects a nice jar of evil and a punch to the face from the Hulk as a result. The ultimate twist of the issue, which might seem familiar to Young Avengers fans, is that Loki doesn’t recognize his own work. When the All-Mother opens the jar of evil, Loki of old pops out.

In recent years, Loki has been his own worst enemy, and it’s a logical leap for the creators to pit Loki the Scamp vs. Loki the Devil to see which one retains dominance. In the meantime, I’m hoping that Garbett, Ewing and team continue to find excuses to show us Loki in the nude…and continue to give us delightfully wicked tales led by our favorite, slightly amoral hero.

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