Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Loki: Agent of Asgard #12 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I don't have too much to say here, because Ewing lays out King Loki's case brilliantly.

First, we learn how our Loki becomes King Loki.  King Loki tries to save himself (for reasons that Ewing doesn't really lay out here, other than possibly boredom over his lot in life) by creating this new Loki, erasing the sins of his previou self to create a new future.  We learn that it takes our Loki ten years (and a final victory over Ultron) to accomplish this goal.  But, in the end, no one forgets that he's the God of Lies, and this inability to change people's perceptions of him -- depsite his success in erasing his history -- finally drives him mad.  He tries to kill King Thor (after Thor also refers to him as the God of Lies as if it were an imutable part of him), and King Loki is born.

Why is King Loki here now?  Glad you asked.  Basically, he wants to skip to the end.  King Loki already knows that this plot will fail, and so he wants to bring about his creation sooner.  Moreover, he recognizes that this particular time in history is ripe for action, since Odinson is shattered, Angela is learning, and Baldur is distracted.  If he gets our Loki to act, he could rule the Ten Realms.  He didn't do it originally because he was still trying to redeem himself.  But, now, he no longer see a reason to hold back.

The question is whether our Loki will go for it.  King Loki does something here that implies that he casts a spell on him, but we'll see how it affects him. If everyone wrote exposition so cleverly, I wouldn't complain about it nearly so much.

*** (three of five stars)

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