Review: Loki, Agent of Asgard #3
Al Ewing is fast becoming one of my favorite comics writers of all time, and Loki, Agent of Asgard one of my favorite books.
Oh sure, I know we are here because of the popularity of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his brilliant portrayal by actor Tom Hiddleston. But Issue #3 reminds us there was a Loki before the “agent,” one that would trade on his adopted father’s power and real father’s legacy to get anything and everything he desired, the one you believe really did cause Ragnarok. Twice!
Ewing takes the Loki who helped form the Avengers in the comics and mixes him with the Loki who helped form the Avengers in the MCU and adds quite a bit of young Loki in to boot. The result is one of those classic Marvel books of the 1970s, ones I really miss, that periodically retold a hero (or villain’s) origin and added significantly to it. (Seems like they used to do that every third issue in Iron Man and Sub-Mariner.)
Love the inclusion of Norse/Asgardian lore anywhere I can get it. And here it really connects Loki to his step-brother’s book, which right now is so rich in same. Ewing is a continuity quiz master who, like Rick Remender, uses that talent in the best possible way. Dare I say … in the Mighty Marvel Manner?
There is nothing I can say about the art of Lee Garbett and Nolan Woodard that equals the sensation it brings to your eye. The splash of Loki walking a Bifrost-like bridge is off the chart!
Loki, Agent of Asgard is setting new precedents for villains comics. In three issues, it has already done what DC could not do in months of variant comic books.