So it was really only a matter of time before I posted a comic review, I suppose. And Loki: Agent of Asgard issue #1 is a completely relevant and unsurprising comic to start with.
Agent of Asgard was released Wednesday, February 5th (along with the new Ms. Marvel, which I’m sure I’ll cover in another post). Set after Kid/Teen Loki’s run in Journey Into Mystery and Young Avengers, Loki: Agent of Asgard sees Loki as a magical super-spy running missions for the All-Mother. His first task involves stabbing Thor in the back (it’s in the very first panel, so I’m not calling spoilers yet).
Anyway, long story short: I absolutely adore this comic, and not just because it stars my favorite god of mischief (no, really, even beyond the Marvel universe, Loki is my favorite mythological Trickster; though Anansi is a close second). Al Ewing’s writing is fun, witty and, sometimes, downright hilarious (see the internet joke toward the end of the issue). Lee Garbett’s artwork is gorgeous and really captures the essence of Loki’s character, I think.
A quick confession: I haven’t read a lot of classic Marvel. I started with stuff from the last few years and haven’t had a chance to go back yet. But I don’t think that hindered me from enjoying this comic at all (as I was afraid it might). There are references to classic Marvel, but they’re woven in with Loki’s internal monologue so new readers get a quick explanation of what happened without feeling lost in the history of the story. Which is always a plus for me.
Without giving too much away, the ending of this issue was an unexpected and brilliant twist for me and I almost started crying at the thought that issue #2 won’t be out until March. It was that good. Definitely worth $3 and a half hour of your time, even if you’re not a rabid Loki fangirl. It’s a fun romp with elements of spy stories, nods to other Marvel stories, magic and tons of witty sass.