If you’re just tuning in, I’m doing my Loki reviews in the form of live reactions as I go along, paying special attention to Loki’s possible genderfluidity/bisexuality/etc. I jumped in late so I’m several issues behind. Skip to the Final Thoughts to avoid spoilers!
Yaaaay, Verity’s back!
Sigurd tries to steal Loki’s sword!
Now, most of the time a statement like that would indicate “Sigurd’s bi.” Which would be awesome. Since Loki and Sigurd know each other, Loki probably knows Sigurd’s history, so this interpretation is likely. Or, the statement could be there to reveal Loki’s extreme vanity, which is also possible. However, one of my favorite slogans is “Don’t assume I’m gay. Don’t assume I’m straight.” Maybe Loki is adopting this viewpoint and simply cautioning Verity not to make assumptions. That would be nice too.
Next panel, provided just so I can say I love Verity:
Sigurd flirts with Verity and it’s hilarious. Then there’s a flashback-within-a-flashback. Agent of Asgard loves doing that. Then Loki and Sigurd swordfight and make Princess Bride references, because this is that kind of a comic. 😉 And they wind up in a dumpster.
So, at the beginning of the comic Sigurd was talking to a dude meditating on top of a mountain, before we flashed back to Loki and Verity. (I told you Agent of Asgard likes doing that.) Now we’re back, and Sigurd accuses the guy of being an evil magician. The guy says “I use my evil only for good purpose.” Who is this guy?
Note from later: His name is Kaluu. He’s an occasional Doctor Strange villain.
If Sigurd dies, he goes to Valhalla and gets tortured by Valkyries. But, much like in the DCU, there are many afterlives. (I assume that, like with the DCU, they had a bunch of characters with different mythologies and magics and had to find a way to reconcile them.) Sigurd, being clever, wants the magician to help him reincarnate into something different, kind of hop the tracks into a different religion/afterlife, rather than going to Valhalla.
A tense moment while they swear to the agreement on the sword of truth. Someone is not who they appear to be. And BOOM, Loki wins! Read the comic for the details. ;D
Sigurd goes to prison in Asgard for wandering around in the mortal world. This concerns Loki, naturally. Turns out that heist he’s been planning… It’s on the prisons of Asgard. His agents for that heist? Thor, Lorelei, and Verity. Aw yeah!
This issue was fun, and important for pacing reasons. It finishes what was started with Sigurd in the last issue, and brings Verity back. It’s deftly plotted and written, as I’ve already come to expect from this series. Still, it has a “pause before the storm” quality. The big stuff should happen in the next issue, the end of the arc. Exciting!