Title: Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 1: Trust Me
Author: Al Ewing and Lee Garbett
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Check this book out on Goodreads.
Kid Loki’s all grown up – and the God of Mischief is stronger, smarter, sexier and just plain sneakier than ever before. As Asgardia’s one-man secret service, he’s ready to lie, cheat, steal, bluff and snog his way through the twistiest, turniest and most treacherous missions the All-Mother can throw at him…starting with a heart-stopping heist on Avengers Tower! And that’s just the beginning, as Loki takes on Lorelei in Monte Carlo’s casinos, and heads back to the dawn of Asgard to join its greatest heroes on a quest for a certain magical sword! But when Loki puts together a crew to crack the deepest dungeons of Asgardia itself, there may be one plot twist too many for even Loki to handle! (Source: Goodreads)
Loki: Agent of Asgard tells the new stories of a reborn Loki who is fighting for good this time. For each good act he performs the All-Mother will remove a bad deed from the records of his past life. His mission is to gather up the Asgardians who wander Midgard and send them home. Playing the hero doesn’t always work out though. I believe the series picks up from Young Avengers but I don’t actually read it, sooo0…I’m not really an authority on this one.
I was not sure about this when I first picked it up. It looked interesting, but I’m not a huge Marvel fan and I really know nothing about Loki beyond the Marvel movies. It didn’t really matter though, because this series is so good. The story is interesting and well explained, with some really gorgeous art and character designs. It is a fun read, and definitely an approachable comic for someone without a lot of background in reading comics, or who isn’t super into Marvel.
Story-wise it was fun and funny. Loki is basically operating as a special agent for the All-Mother and picking up people for Asgard, which was fun. It’s definitely a bit of a spy/James Bond story. Highly entertaining. It’s a bit confusing sometimes? There are multiple Loki’s and multiple storylines that converge which is a little confusing. I wasn’t sure what was going on several times, but I think you can kind of pick it up from the context. I felt it was better explained that a lot of ongoing series which just assume you’re an expert on the subject. Places where the explanation was super lacking? They give you little annotations that tell you where to look for the background explanation! I loved that. I probably wouldn’t pursue any of the information myself because it’s not that important to me, but how useful is that?
Best thing about this (aside from the art which I really liked) is the humor. Obviously Loki is known for his wit and humor so it was great to see that carry over into this comic, and they did a really good job of it. I thought Loki’s attempts to fit into a Midgardian lifestyle were excellent. I also found his interactions with Verity really fun and flirty, which just felt so Loki, especially with this young 20-something type of Loki character.
Now for my favourite, favourite part…the art!! The art is always my favourite part to talk about. There’s a lot of awesome stuff happening with the art in this series, and I’m kind of crazy for it, so this might get a little garbled and rambly. First of all, character design. Amazing. A lot of people have criticized Loki’s design for being too Harry Styles, I don’t see it though. Isn’t he basically just a younger looking version of Tom Hiddleston? I think it looks great, and definitely fits into a contemporary Midgard. I have to say my favourite design, aside from Loki, is probably Verity who just looks badass. There’s a lot of really amazing greens in this comic also, which is of course because Loki and green go together, but really the greens in this are just gorgeous and create a really great connection that carries across the whole story. There’s also some really cool use of borders/page ends in here where Loki walks off the page, which kind of relates to this idea of Loki traveling around within his own story, which was just fantastic. There’s really just so much fantastic stuff happening in here, with some really impressive/striking images to introduce characters like Mephisto and Kaluu. I just loved the art so much.
I would recommend this, I think it’s one of the easier stories to get into, especially because it points you in the right direction for learning background information. Probably still a little confusing, but missing information can largely be assumed or picked up as you read. Fun story with impressive art, I’ll definitely pick up the next volume.
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