This article is part of The playlist, a recurring column in which we encourage you to use your enthusiasm for a particularly groovy movie or TV series and steer it towards a wide range of extracurricular studies. This entry ranks Loki’s ten best comics and considers where the rascal stands on the morality scale.
Every time my mom grabbed me with my hand in the cookie jar she would call me a “jammy devil”. I was, like many children, a rascal, always up for nothing good, but doing so with joy painted all over my face. It’s good to be bad, and no one represents that better in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than the God of Mischief, Loki.
The character had a sinuous and delicious arc. Loki zigzagged between the villainous murderer and the cheeky monkey. The moment Thanos jumped his neck in Avengers: Infinity war, his adopted brother Thor had forgiven him the countless betrayals, and we, the public, did much the same. The crooks can’t help themselves.
The Loki we find Loki, the new Disney + series presented on June 11, is not the Loki we saw fall into forgiveness. No, this is a Loki who has yet to learn of his mother’s murder and his partnership with Ragnarok with his siblings. This Loki is the one caught after the Battle of New York, and the one still very determined to rule the world as the first step towards universal domination. Will such a variation match the arc of the character we’ve grown to love?
Loki’s comic book counterpart also reshaped and altered their identity. The character has appeared in various forms, and depending on the state, Loki may go as “he / him”, “her / her” or “they / them”. For the purposes of this article, when discussing the comic book character, Loki will be referred to by the pronouns “they / them” when their gender is not specifically notified.
As the mainstream faded, the villainous side of the character faded and his messy demeanor flourished. Like MCU Loki, you can’t trust this Loki, but you can trust this Loki to be Loki. It’s a good time and we’re swimming in a myriad of comics that deserve your attention.
The Loki playlist is mostly populated with titles defending the MCU-influenced character. However, I also added some classic examples of their misery and at least one title that has nothing to do with the trickster god. As you can see in the trailer above, the new Loki series will go through various MCU events. Therefore, it’s probably a good idea to review the Time Variance Authority (TVA) before pressing play on the first episode.
In 2016, the god of lies and malice was thirsty to become President of the United States. Plus, Loki ran for the Oval Office. Written by Christophe Hastings and illustrated by Langdon Foss and Paul McCaffrey, the Vote Loki series centered on the trickster’s attempt to control America. Obviously, the villain is up to something and journalist Nisa Contreras is determined to uncover Loki’s acts of collusion. Hastings sets the tone, selling off Loki’s pleasantly cheeky vibe but never betraying his evil side. If ten comics is too many and you only have time to read one from this list, Vote Loki is the one.
Loki: Agent of Asgard
Loki: Agent of Asgard precedes Vote Loki two years from now, but it’s still in the same tone as the Hastings series. And his handwriting could be even sharper. Author Al Ewing made a name for himself as a shepherd behind Immortal hulk and the current guardians of the galaxy series. But diving back into its catalog is even more rewarding. The guy can’t deliver a poor story. Agent of Asgard lasted for 17 numbers and featured a mix of artists. The general premise is that their beloved All-Mother launches them with various missions designed to aid Asgard’s survival. Loki is doing everything he can to make sure their kingdom is secure. And “what” really means “anything”. They are neither below nor above any act. That’s Loki’s charm.
Young Avengers: Style> Substance
After siding with Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers in the Marvel’s Siege event, Loki perished. They then made a deal with Hela, and their name was struck from Hel’s record, allowing a resurrection to occur. When Loki returned to the land of the living, they remained in a child’s physique. Loki has always been a childish character, so why shouldn’t they embrace the stature of their nature? Alongside the Young Avengers, Kid Loki struggles to come to terms with his new self while retaining memories of his old evil self. Guilt and shame are new emotions for the trickster. Watching them fight is one of the most relevant battles Loki has ever fought. Plus, the Young Avengers are an infectious gang, and you’ll walk away from this title wanting to learn more about each of them.
Loki: Sorcerer Supreme
When the writer Donny Cates and artist Gabriel H. Walta took over the Doctor strange comic book (issues 381 – 385), they wanted to disrupt the status quo. They achieved this by pitting Stephen Strange against Loki, where the two fought magic to claim the title of Sorcerer Supreme. Lost doctor. Loki won. Woe to all the creatures of the galaxy. The title goes straight to Loki’s head, and Stephen Strange has to think like a demon, or a rogue god himself, to reclaim his place in Marvel Comics. Cates and Walta’s race is filled with delicious quirks, and while Strange is clearly their first love, they have a lot of fun taking the devil out of Loki.
Thor and Loki: Double trouble
Thor and Loki: Double problem is the most recent title in this playlist. It’s a tale for all ages with a cartoon aesthetic that, again, works great with Loki’s playful nature. Fortunately, the laws of reality bow to this scallywag. And that only makes Thor even more frustrated. Written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Gurihiru, Double problem starts with Loki taunting the big brother so that he behaves very badly. Sadly, the meathead doesn’t realize what he’s doing until he’s done it, and when he examines the destruction he’s caused by Loki’s leadership, he sets out to find his twerp brother. . Wile E. Coyote meets the Road Runner. Meep! Meep!