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Comic Review: Loki – Agent of Asgard #1

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 4:29 am by Heather Antos

Cover Art by Jenny Frison

Cover Art by Jenny Frison

Written By: Al Ewing

Pencils By: Lee Garbett

Colors By: Nolan Woodward

Published By: Marvel

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the noble deeds of Thor, Prince of Asgard, are too typical Avenger for you, then perhaps joining in on the troublesome antics of his adopted trickster brother Loki will be more your style! After what I’m sure was the screaming demand of fans of the Thor and The Avengers films (myself included) Marvel has answered with its newest series – Loki: Agent of Asgard. 

Al Ewing takes readers by surprise right from the very first page of Loki: Agent of Asgard #1.  This premiere issue is narrated by the infamous trickster, as he is employed by the All-Mother of Asgard to take on a secret mission of sorts. And while I was hoping for a series that focused primarily on Loki, Ewing’s cameos of the Avengers definitely helped bring fans of the popular Marvel films that may not be as familiar with the comic universe into the story at hand. Ewing proves himself not only a competent writer, but a Loki fan as well, as he brings in little mentions of the tricksters devilish past. With a cliffhanger just as fascinating as the first panel, this complexly plotted first chapter is sure to bring its readers in for the second pull.

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Lee Garbett’s pencils lead the way for the rather fabulous looking trickster in Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 and Nolan Woodward’s color palette certainly brighten up the pages! Marvel has always done a superb job of choosing excellent artists for their series, and Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 certainly showcases that.  Together Garbett and Woodward did a fantastic job at creating Earth and Asgard through the eyes of this devilish trickster, while still keeping the visuals similar to the style of the current Thor series.  However I do have one teensy question for the artists of Loki: Agent of Asgard #1….What’s with the black nail polish? Last I checked Loki didn’t act like a teenager who wanted more attention from mummy and daddy. Oh…wait….

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Currently, though, Marvel’s biggest asset is also its largest flaw; the company continues to feel the need to tie its current comic series to its films and newest television addition Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And while I appreciate all the effort that it must take for the editing team to ensure consistent continuity, it pressures readers and viewers to feel the need to consume every episode, every film, and every Marvel comic in order to get the whole story – A pressure that may become a bit overwhelming and end up backfiring if they aren’t too careful, as consumers will eventually grow weary of the pursuit of every Marvel product.

*end rant*

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The demand for a series about Asgard’s most infamous member of the royal family was answered in quite the supply of misdirection in Marvel’s latest series. Regardless of the several questions and plot holes brought about in Loki: Agent of Asgard #1, the issue was fun and kept a continuous run of twists and turns – just how Loki would like it. And this fan girl is very curious to see where childhood Loki fan boy, and series writer, Al Ewing will be taking the series next!

Story: 7.5/10

Art: 8.5/10

Overall: 8.0/10

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