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Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #8”

Okay folks, we’re back with Loki: Agent of Asgard #8, the AXIS tie-in. I’ve read AXIS in the intervening period. It’s an interesting event, but not a must-read and it doesn’t stand on its own as well as Original SinWhat you need to know is that heroes and villains were telepathically switched for a while, so the villains were the heroes and vice versa. Most of them were returned to normal, but not all. That’s where this comic picks up, in the midst of the Axis event.

If you’re new to my Loki reviews, I do them in the form of live reactions, paying particular attention to how his genderfluidity/assumed pansexuality is portrayed.

Loki Agent of Asgard 8 cover

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The serial nature of comics really doesn’t lend itself to this “suddenly, something’s different!” thing, but the previously-on segment explains what happened. We open with Loki foiling a casino stick-up, and as usual, the meta elements are perfect — the narrative boxes are retro and excited, providing a lot of editorializing about Loki’s heroic qualities, like they used to do in comics up until what, the 90s?

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Okay, now we’re into the recap.

Loki Agent of Asgard 8 Loki

Loki Agent of Asgard 8 Loki Enchantress

Um… kinda ew. Not Enchantress, Loki, please. (FYI, Enchantress is also flipped into a hero.)

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Loki Agent of Asgard 8 Loki Verity

Verity has a point. Loki thinks he’s been trying to change, but I think really he was trying to atone. He’d already changed.

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Loki stop think what you’re doing YOU’RE GOING TO REGRET THIS VERITY IS THE BEST AND YOU NEED HER

Loki Agent of Asgard 8 Loki

Loki Agent of Asgard 8 Verity

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Loki intelligently observes that maybe if their evil parts became good, their good parts are now evil, but is quickly reassured by Enchantress.

Then some other stuff happens and he SHAPESHIFTS INTO A FLIPPIN UNICORN. (He can transform into anything it’s in his nature to be.)

Loki Agent of Asgard 8 Loki unicorn

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Loki goes off to confront Evil Thor, and that fight takes place in AXIS. Then there’s a conversation between Verity and Lorelei about how Verity knows something’s wrong with Loki.

Final Thoughts:

I think the Axis tie-in stuff will be important to Loki’s arc, but it’s really annoying to have to jump around between books to get a story. Seriously, Marvel-and-DC, nobody likes that!

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2 thoughts on “Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard #8”

  1. I can’t wait to see what you think of how the arc ends in #13 (I just caught up and I’m losing my shit). Also, I am with you on the Verity thing. She is the best new Marvel character I have seen recently. I mean, her power is literally to take no bullshit from anyone. :)))

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