Comic Review: Marvel Now! Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 (Marvel)

I gotta be completely honest with you (not that you would know if I was lying or not, perhaps “old” Loki has hijacked my being as well?!?!  Whoa…did I just give some stuff away or what here?!?!?  Spoiler alert!) but, I’m not entirely sure what to make of Marvel’s All-New Now! Loki:  Agent of Asgard.  Written by Al Ewing and penciled by Lee Garbet, this new series intends to show the exploits of a re-incarnated, young Loki.

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First of all, to even understand why Loki is much younger now, you’ve really got to be versed in Marvel lore (more recent lore, that is).  Because, apparently, the “old” Loki died during Marvel’s Siege back in early 2010.  And this current, much younger version of Loki is a reincarnation, with only partially restored memories of his prior life.

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Whew!  With that kind of story line, Marvel should have no problem coming up with a way to put Parker back in the webs (whoa!  Did I just spoil Spider-Man, too?!?!?)

For me, all that is semi-important information.  Maybe somewhere in the beginning of Loki:  Agent of Asgard, Marvel should’ve included a nice one page recap of these events before getting onto the story?

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Ok.  Well, then…maybe they did.  Perhaps, then, I was just looking for something a bit more informative?

And I found it.  Thanks, Wikipedia!  Again.

The story in Loki:  Agent of Asgard actually begins in Marvel’s Point One #1Point One is a sort of medley of the books Marvel’s releasing under the All-New Now! banner.  In it, young Loki (as an agent of Asgard…get it!?!?) had to gather five rings, then steal the sword (I’m paraphrasing of course) that he ended up shanking Thor with in Loki:  Agent of Asgard.  Blah, blah, blah.  If you’re a completest, then go get Point One #1.  Otherwise, you’re fine without it.

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You get the feeling that Loki is up to no good in Agent of Asgard, even though he’s on a mission for the All Mother.  Some of which is obvious, like deleting some files in the Avenger’s database.  Other times?  Not so much.  I couldn’t say what those other times were, cause then it would be obvious.  Which it’s not.  Understand what I’m getting at?

Whatever.

What Marvel has done to Loki is more than a bit reminiscent to what DC did to Lobo over in the New52.  Or is it the other way around?  I don’t know.  Either way, Loki is much more…stylized now. He’s a much more updated version of his previous incarnation.  I’m supposing Marvel’s intent is to put him more in line with the roots of the character, making him more mischievous, than evil.

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Damn that Tom Hiddleston for making Loki such an excellent anti-hero in the Marvel movie-verse.  Damn him!

Bottom line…is Loki:  Agent of Asgard #1 worth it?  I suppose.  But, if you’re feeling “meh” after you’re finished it, you’re not alone…

 

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