Overview: This issue we find our favorite liar on a mission of great importance, we just don’t know for whom. Booby traps, secret doors, and double crosses that will make your brain wrinkle all provide for an engaging adventure. Who in the Nine Realms is capable of tricking the ultimate trickster?
Story: You all know I’ve really been enjoying Al Ewing’s take on Loki, and this issue continues that trend. I think the best part of it all is that this feels like the natural evolution of the character we’ve come to love since Kid Loki first showed up in JiM. Ewing maintains the calculated, conniving God of Mischief center, but surrounds it with a likeable, funny, and charming young man that you can’t help but root for.
This issue Loki’s plan to steal the most valuable item hidden in the secret chambers of Asgard is the main thread. With the help of some new and old allies, Loki and his team are successful, but through some seeds planted in earlier issues, the whole thing blows up in Loki’s face by the issue’s end. The whole adventure is a lot of fun, with Loki and friends using magic, brain power, and misdirection to infiltrate the catacombs of Asgard. My biggest complaint is that the mission went off without so much as a hiccup, I would’ve liked to see some improv by the team due to some unforseen obstacle, but that’s really just a nitpick. The twist at the end was well done, I didn’t see it coming, but after the reveal I felt like I should’ve, which is a sign of good execution in my book.
I’m bummed that we have to miss out on more Loki for the next two months for a contrived and unecessary “Original Sin” mini, but cest la vie and all that. I’m still very much enjoying the world Ewing and Garbett are creating, and I hope this title continues. It’s everything you could want in a comic book; fun, exciting adventure, interesting characters, and a duel protagonist/antagonist star.
Art: I really try not to make my reviews consist solely of me heaping praise on the book, but Lee Garbett and Nolan Woodard make it hard on me. There’s nothing spectacular artwise this issue, but every page is vibrant, and well laid out. This issue is a great example of a workman’s comic. It’s nothing flashy; just clear, concise storytelling and colors working together to create a wonderful book. We get another appearance from Old Loki at the end and I like his design, it resembles his old look, but with some touch ups and improvements. His face is appropriately evil looking, which reflects his personality in the same way that young Loki’s handsome mug reflects his fresh outlook, and genuinely good natured regenesis.
Overview: There really isn’t a whole lot more to say about this book, except that you should be reading it if you’re not. Ewing, Garbett, and Woodard are making great comics month after month. Young Loki feels like he is genuinely trying to atone for past transgressions, and the fact that his future self is his own arch enemy is such a wonderfully “Loki” thing. Who else would be able to out wit the master himself, except for a more experienced trickster. This also is a continuation of sorts from Gillen’s JiM run, but it’s next level, and it doesn’t feel contrived, because of how well it’s executed by the creative team. It all makes sense when explained, and it provides for an engaging story.
Each issue of this run has been a one shot in essence and they’ve all worked to build the stakes up to this issue, you can’t ask for much more when reading comics; I never once felt shorted on story, or victim of a decompressed narrative. I don’t know if I’ll follow the Original Sin tie-in or not, but I will definitely be back when the series proper returns in August. If you haven’t jumped on yet, do yourself a favor and use this break to get on board with one of Marvel’s lesser know, but higher quality comics.