Loki, god of mischief, has truly been through a lot in these recent years. I’m also referring to bodies, since he’s gone through quite a few, starting by leaving his aged and angry form into a more attractive female, then back to Loki classic, then dead, reborn as a child, and aged up into a teenager. Is his current young and sexy look due to Loki’s increased popularity, thanks to the “Avengers” and “Thor” movies? Probably, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get some good stories out of it. “Loki: Agent of Asgard” is the start of just that.
“Agent of Asgard,” written by Al Ewing, starts following Loki from where “Young Avengers” left off, with a teenaged Loki returning to Asgard. From there, he is recruited by the All-Mother to do what Loki does best: trick, scheme, and sneak around, but this time for the good of Asgard.
Essentially, we have Secret Agent Loki, using magical artifacts from Norse mythology instead of tools from Q. But what’s more important than the mission is the character; as Loki is the protagonist, we get a nice look into his mind and motivations.
Of course, everyone has their own game to play. Loki’s got schemes of his own, of course, as does the All-Mother, and undoubtedly more we will learn of soon.
Ever since “Siege” and Loki’s death/rebirth, his goal has been to clear his name of his past life’s misdeeds. The readers can see his reflection upon his past life, how even he views his old self as a monster, and what he’s willing to do to redeem himself in the eyes of not only his fellow godly beings, but even himself. It’s very character-driven, which is a strong point in the comic’s favor.
One other thing of note is that ever since his revival, Loki has been more connected to the modern world, and understands it far more than his brother, Thor. This leads to some humorous moments where he makes an offhand comment about writing slash fiction, as well as a page early on where he’s singing showtunes from “Wicked” in the shower.
Oh yeah, this Loki is made for the fangirls. Not only will they have plenty of shirtless (and occasionally pants-less) scenes to look forward to, but the creative team has stated that Loki’s gender and sexuality will be pretty much whatever he feels like at the time. It was established in the latest issue of “Young Avengers” that Loki doesn’t really view sexuality as a thing, just sexual acts, and considering the mythological Loki has been known to change shape and gender to give birth to the eight-legged horse Sleipnir, that’s pretty believable.
The artwork by Lee Garbett, with colors by Nolan Woodard, suit the comic nicely. The artwork is very clean, with some nice use of colors and panel layouts. When the comic goes into flashbacks, the art changes to suit it, but still remains distinctive to Garbett’s style.
All in all, the first issue of “Loki: Agent of Asgard” is more than satisfactory, setting the way for what I hope will be a great run. We will see where it goes, but for those who haven’t read it yet, the first issue is out now.