Loki is an interesting character in part because he (or sometimes she) can be so different between stories. He can be the evil bringer of all things like in King Thor, or the quirky dude running for president. Since he’s often a bit goofy and always clever he’s a great vehicle for humor, which is probably why Daniel Kibblesmith is getting a stab at the character. The third issue of the miniseries came out this week and it’s a good example of playing in a big sandbox even when it’s a mini-series.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
This series spills from War of the Realms, giving Loki the focus he deserves after helping save Earth. It’s also filled with great ideas and fun turns like Loki making a snowman named Frosti his second in command now that he’s king, or Iron Man somewhat stupidly calling his new car Anvl.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
To be completely honest, I missed the first two issues, but after power reading those and diving into issue #3 it’s a certainty I’m a convert for this book till the very end. Kibblesmith has a great sense of pacing when it comes to captions, dialogue, and subplots. This issue is a good example of this as he bounces from Loki in the literal House of Ideas, to a woman looking for her wife Robyn, to Frosti clearly gaining confidence, to a build-up of Nightmare finally getting some revenge. By the end of the issue, you’ll be surprised it’s over since it runs at such a perfect clip.
The biggest boon of this issue is the House of Ideas, which is run by the children of Eternity. In it, we learn a lot about other heroes with an interesting cosmic explanation around their never-ending stories. It’s a clever concept that ties into fandom well. It’s also an interesting way of getting around the ever-changing nature of Loki — in this case, his current status as a good guy.
The art is by Oscar Bazaldua with colors by David Curiel and letters by Clayton Cowles. The art is very clean and bright, which is suitable for the positivity and energy of Loki. Much of Loki’s adventure in this issue is in the House of Ideas which seems to defy physics and Bazaldua does a good job capturing the lack of gravity, walls, or logic. Curiel does a great job capturing skin tones as well as the cosmic nature of the Eternity children, too.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
Megan’s search for her wife Robyn seems a bit disconnected at this point. We’re given a check-in with her, but there isn’t much point to it yet. Maybe this is the damsel of sorts Loki must save since he’s facing the enemy that ruined her life? Aside from humanizing the book a bit with its big cosmic ideas, it doesn’t add much to the narrative here.
Is it good?
A delicious story that’s as imaginative as it is bold. Loki has always been the clever type and this story meets the lofty cleverness of the god of tricks.
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