Loki: Ragnarok and Roll 1 (February 2014)

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1I’ll bet there’s a very unhappy Disney lawyer out there. Especially after Thor 2 made so much money. Batman and Superman–save The Boys–usually get the most thinly veiled analogues in indie series, but for Loki: Ragnarok and Roll, writer Eric M. Esquivel goes after Disney’s Thor. Not Marvel’s Thor, but the movie Thor. Between the bifrost and the frost giants as villains, I’m sort of surprised Boom! was able to get this one on the shelves.

It’s good they did. After an awkward opening–how many winks to Marvel can you do–Loki is banished to Earth and the comic gets good. Esquivel writes the character well; a combination of intelligent and petulant but also able to understand the mortals around him.

The cover promises rock and roll–as does the title–but not yet.

The Jerry Gaylord art is good. It’s fun and intricate.

Loki’s all right.

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CREDITS

Writer, Eric M. Esquivel; artist, Jerry Gaylord; colorist, Gabriel Cassata; letterer, Ryan Ferrier; editors, Chris Rosa and Ian Brill; publisher, Boom! Studios.

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