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Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014) #1

Loki Agent of Asgard  1

I guess it’s been a while since I’ve read a new Marvel comic. I didn’t realize they’ve done everything possible to make the Avengers as much like the movie Avengers… down to this young hot Loki.

Writer Al Ewing makes references back to old Marvel comics and events and so on, but he’s really going for a crossover audience. He doesn’t do a bad job with it either. Loki: Agent of Asgard is fun and fast; it’s mischievous in how its amusing. Ewing knows all the right jokes to make.

But there’s only so much one can do with the story of an Asgardian secret agent who fights with the Avengers. He can fight with the Avengers and go to Asgard. There’s some witty comments about magic in here too, but there’s not a lot. It’s a fast food comic.

Lee Garbett’s art is okay. He’s not great at superheroes.

2 responses to “Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014) #1”

  1. Matthew Hurwitz

    I got the same “crossover audience” vibe from Al Ewing on “Mars Attacks Judge Dredd”, which is a silly crossover romp designed to be picked up by casual readers: lots of in-jokes for fans, plus the popular ingredients for everyone else (Psi-Judge Anderson, mutants, Sov-Judges, “I Am The Law.”) Unlike Marvel/Thor, though, Ewing actually writes Dredd for 2000 AD and also the IDW Dredd, which he’s described as being “Ultimate Dredd” (i.e, Ultimate Marvel) for a new American audience.

    I guess all of IDW’s “Mars Attacks” books are casual reader bait, though. You should review “Mars Attacks Popeye,” it’s not Landridge but they included O.G. Wotasnozzle!

    1. I didn’t realize the the IDW Dredd wasn’t just a reprinting of recent 2000 AD stuff.

      I’ll check out that Popeye….

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