Al Ewing is at it again!
He is using Rick Remender’s noted style for utilizing past canon – actually Marvel Comics history – to not only craft a great and modern comic, but make it palatable for old readers and welcoming for new readers.
Impossible, you say, gentle reader? I offer as Exhibit 1: Loki, Agent of Asgard #1, out this week.
Writer Ewing takes on a cosmic caper that utilizes spy noir, superhero action and Norse myth to tie together a yarn that not only kept me on the edge of my seat (so to speak) but also not only made me smile but guffaw out loud. (Embarrassing while you are reading in an empty room!)
This new Loki may have the stench of the film franchise on him, but there is also the old trickster from Lee/Kirby and the reformed youth/doting bro from Young Avengers. All are on stage here as James Bond hits the Rainbow Bridge, in the service of the All-Mother.
Artist Lee Garbett brings in some of his best work here as characters stay true to themselves and exhibit a range of movement and motion usually reserved for Dancing with the Stars. I do not know how the man does it, but his Loki may turn out to one day be the quintessential God of Mischief. Kirby and Buscema fans, be warned.
This is not just an enjoyable book but one that takes everything we know from the Thor mythos and turns it on its ear. With Mighty Avengers and Loki, Ewing is batting them out of the park this week.
And it is only three bucks!