Published on September 16th, 2015 | by Shannin Bailey
How Did I Miss It?: Loki: Agent of Asgard
Before I started reading comics, here’s what I could tell you about Loki: in Norse mythology, he was a God and a trickster, and it was also the name of Matt Damon’s character in Dogma. After “The Avengers” hit theaters, I could tell you that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki was Thor’s adopted brother, and the film’s villain. But that was all before reading Al Ewing and Lee Garbett’s Loki: Agent of Asgard. So here’s the real question…how did I go so long without reading it? How did I miss Loki: Agent of Asgard?
The story begins with a brand new, totally reborn Loki, with a new body and a new way of looking at the world. Loki is working for the ruling triumvirate of Asgard, the All-Mother. By completing missions for the All-Mother, Loki’s slate will be wiped clean. If it sounds a little too simple (and maybe a little too good to be true,) that’s probably because it is. How many missions will it take to wipe out all the death and destruction Loki’s caused? And what will it take for the people in his life—including, let’s say, The Avengers—to forgive him? The answer to both questions might be “a whole lot,” but Loki is up for the challenge–even if his first mission includes breaking into the Avengers Tower and stab his brother in the back. Literally. (How did I miss this, seriously?! How?!)
Even stabbing Thor isn’t as straightforward as it sounds, because it brings about something Loki wasn’t expecting—the return of Loki–the way he was. Original recipe Loki, looking to cause trouble and destroy New and Improved Harry Styles-look-alike-Loki, who caused his death. So while one Loki is intent on earning redemption, the other Loki is lurking, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
Agent of Asgard has an amazing supporting cast of characters, including some old friends, like Agardian warrior Sigurd. It also introduces us to some pretty amazing new ones, like Verity Willis, who has the ability to see through any lie. Verity also gets what may be the coolest character introduction of all time (it includes speed dating. And Loki.) And with cameo-like appearances by everyone from Thor to the Red Skull, the fun doesn’t stop as the story works its way towards the inevitable face-off between New Loki and Old Loki (really, where was I when this series came out? And why is it I always find them just as they’re coming to an end?!)
Way back when The Avengers hit theaters, pretty much the only thing I knew about Loki was that he was played brilliantly by Tom Hiddleston. But after reading Loki: Agent of Asgard, here’s what I can tell you: Loki is a God, one who’s made a lot of mistakes. He died a villain, but was willing to work for second chance, so that all the suffering and pain he caused wouldn’t be for nothing. But the New Loki is still the God of Mischief…and when chaos is called for? No one does it better.