Thursday, September 17, 2015

Loki: Agent of Asgard #16 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

It's just so...perfect.  In the end (literally, in the very end), the thing that keeps Loki from becoming King Loki is that he stops caring what everyone thinks of him.  He lets go of the rage that drove King Loki, the anger that he would never be accepted, wanted, or loved.  As the God of Stories, he seems capable of things that he wasn't able to do before, like this release has freed up his focus.  Freed, he chooses neither side as the end nears, allowing Asgardia and Hel to do battle on their own.  He simply captures their story, and, as such, moves into the Beyond.  He does take Verity (or, at least, her ghost, after he killed her last issue) with him, because, as he said, he needs a friend.  But, other than Verity, he's on his own.  He gets to tell his own story.  (I'm still not 100% sure how destroying the Marvel-616 universe would help give King Loki, Hel, and Tyr a chance to survive, but we'll just overlook that.)  He's achieved the rebirth that he longed to have, no longer burdened by his past or future self.  Onwards and upwards.

*** (three of five stars)

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