From the last issue of Loki: Agent of Asgard we saw Loki join up with Magneto to stop the Red Skull, he along with the Enchantress were the only two from Asgard who aided Magneto with his quest to stop Red Skull. It appeared to work, the only problem? It’s inverted who they are. Loki is no long the mischievous godling that we new in the past seven issues, instead he becomes a hero, a literal hero, the first few pages are him protecting the people of Midgard from a robbery.
This issue is back to the original creators Al Ewing and artist Lee Garbett, so the art work is back on form again and it feels right. The only problem with this?
Loki being a hero.
Loki has been working hard to be a good guy, to redeem himself for his sins; ‘I am a crime that will not be forgiven.’ His sins of the past though aren’t so easy to wash away, he was well aware of that fact, in fact he was so aware that he knows there will be trouble should anyone else know what he did in the past to darken himself, to make him want to be worthy and a hero.
Loki is the god of mischief, it’s his title and that isn’t something that will easily go away, a god of mischief doesn’t mean evil, in fact nothing Loki has done recently has been anything evil or devious. Sly and cunning yes, he has been that in the past, both as Kid Loki and as Nerdki; that is what makes him the character he is.
The trouble with Loki being a hero is that it simply doesn’t fit who he is as a character, the writer is well aware of that fact and his dialogue for the comic has been… cringe-worthy to say the least, embarrassing to say the worst. This is due to Loki being linked in the Axis, the end is coming for Loki as we know him currently, something is going to happen that will alter him.
It does seem though that Loki is aware that him being a hero isn’t a good fit he questions it to Amora The Enchantress who has also become a hero;
‘If the evil in us has become good… you don’t suppose the good in us has…’
Amora interrupts him to say that the good has just become better, pushing away his thoughts of doubt.
The more interesting character in this has to be the mortal, the only mortal in the whole Loki of Asgard series really, Verity. Loki has in the past two issues seen Verity as his friend, although he had been learning how to be a good friend he was trying and Verity believed he had good in him; the plus was her being able to see lies, so any lie Loki told her, unless it wasn’t the whole truth, she would see right through.
Verity, out of the trio who hear Loki and Amora speak, is the one who is hurt the most from it. She doesn’t love Loki, she sees him as her friend; whether this is true or not is hard to tell, but I would believe it is true, since she can see through other’s lies, how can she lie to herself?
Loki’s new outfit is interesting, his new head-gear appears to be harking back to the days of Walt Simonson’s design, it’s not the exact same, but you can see the general idea that it was based off of.
It’s an interesting read, although many fan’s are probably waiting for Loki to return to how he was before Axis. It won’t be an easy read for new readers of the comic, if they haven’t done any research about certain characters such as Amora, her sister Loriel or Verity. If a reader does go into this issue armed with the knowledge of who these characters are they should be fine, Loki does a brief explaination of the whole Axis saga – which is currently on-going and probably won’t be over until December 2014.