The first THORsday of the year is dedicated to Loki and his Journey Into Mystery [The Book Depository]. This is a beautiful comic book that explains what happens after Ragnarok. Old Loki was more of a villain than a trickster. It went so bad that Asgard was hoping he would die. Instead, he brought Ragnarok only to save everyone in the end. That left everybody puzzled. The Evil God of Mischief saved us? Impossible! And yet it is.
In Fear Itself we get to know more about Kid Loki and Thor. While all Asgardians wish for him to die soon, Thor trusts this new Loki. He’s just a kid. And even if he’s tricky, isn’t he but the God of Mischief. Both Thor and Loki wish for this new Loki to change. But will Asgard let him?
[SPOILERS from here. This is a brilliant comic book, and we’re starting from the first issue in the Omnibus. The artwork is beautiful and the story compelling. Worth the read!]
A pack of magpies flies over the skies with a mission: to reach Kid Loki and tell him something. While they do so, many die. One because of remembering Old Loki. Another, because he cannot depart from the eyes of a dead Valkyrie. And so on it goes until there’s only one left.
All the meanwhile, Kid Loki is bullied by everyone. They don’t trust him one bit, and despite being a reincarnation and a different person, he has to suffer it all. With bullying like that, can he change? There’s but one who believes in him: Thor.
Thor hopes that Loki’s sacrifice will mean something. And he’ll protect Kid Loki as much as he can. He has made the Warrior Five pledge for his protection, even if they don’t like the kid. And yet, we can soon see that Kid Loki is an excellent trickster.
One magpie arrives at Loki with some news. But before he can say anything, Loki kills it. Then, he’s suddenly transported to another dimension where he can talk to his Older Self. Old Loki wanted to change, but he couldn’t so he sacrificed himself to himself to have a shot at it.
Kid Loki doesn’t trust his older self, and so he vanishes it and makes it be a magpie. A servant and an opponent who will advise the young kid. The goal is to save Asgard and in doing so changing his fate. Kid Loki will not be evil. Kid Loki will change.
But the question here is: will he do so? Only Thor thinks he can, but the rest of the world just sees him as an evil agent of chaos.
Despite all the tension, we can see funny things: Kid Loki likes Midgardian technology. He gets his hands on a mobile phone (from Stark Industries!) He is very into knowing what humans want to do. So, the God of Mischief and Change is here to play the geek.
Journey Into Mystery [The Book Depository] is a long read. So, we’ll do it issue by issue. You can get the whole collection, but I recommend to read it little by little. It’s funnier that way.
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