Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 (Marvel)

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Rating: 4/5- An Interesting Take on the God of Mischief.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.

With Loki’s recent boost in popularity, largely from the movies, but also coming off the popular Young Avengers series.  It was only a matter of time before the beloved Marvel villain got his very own ongoing series. This series seems like it would work for both old and new readers, but seems more targeted at new readers.

The book felt a lot like a classic Deadpool story with a lot of one- liners, inside jokes and sarcastic dialog, but not much story. Granted this first issue did offer story, but it was mostly exposition and set up for a future story. The inclusion of The Avengers and their use in the book was woven into the story and was an important part of it.  This issue didn’t blow my mind away, but didn’t need to. The main purpose of the story, the way I see it, was to show the complexity of Loki as a character and everything he’s gone through.

I was a bit disappointed with writer Al Ewing turning Loki into the protagonist, I’d rather have seen him as an antagonist, but the story does explain the change well enough and the last page is probably one of the best dramatic reveals I’ve seen.   This was an interesting start for the new series that sets up the story for things to come.  I’ll be back next issue to see where the series takes us from here.

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
(gilad@comicspectrum.com
)
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