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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #13 to #17, the art of being oneself

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Welcome to another Comics Thorsday! This time, I’m catching up with Loki Agent of Asgard, issues 13 to 17. I’ve been off for a while, and instead of creating one post for each issue, I decided to create a long post from issue 13 to 17. One of the reasons is because these issues wrap up what we’ve talked about in the previous ones, the explain the art of being oneself through Loki.

We start with issue #13, choosing one’s path. Loki is trapped by his old future self and given a choice. So, he sends his spirit to another place where he faces two previous incarnations of Loki, who give him an ultimatum: to disappear, like Kid Loki; or to assume his role. None of this solutions fits our beloved young Loki, who still struggles with his inner demons. Let’s put it on the table with a different set of terms: who do you want to be: the one society wants you to be, the one you want to be, or do you want to disappear forever? In the case of Loki, taking responsibility and be who he wants to be is a magical act. But, what about us?

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(C) Marvel, Loki AoA #13

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #12, forever God of Lies

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Welcome to another Comics Thorsday! Today we’re reading Loki Agent of Asgard #12. This issue shows how Asgardians will think of Loki as the forever God of Lies. Whatever good he might do won’t ever erase the fact that he is considered the God of Lies. People won’t trust him, and when he has no favors from Asgard, he will be despised. So, why bother being good? Why bother changing? This is a good question that this issue poses to us! If society has an image of you, a stereotype, and you know that whatever you do they will hold it against you, what would you do? Would fit in that stereotype and make their worse nightmares come true? Well, this is what Old Loki is trying to do. He already did what Young Loki is doing: to do good deeds, so all the bad ones are erased from history and memory. However, even if he was peachy, Asgardians still thought of him as the God of Lies! All his good deeds, all his changes were futile. And so, he wanted revenge. But is that the answer?

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #11, all is falling apart

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Welcome to another Comics Thorsday, on LOKIsday! In Loki Agent of Asgard #11, we find that the world around Loki is falling apart. There’s nothing that is standing around him, nothing that is telling him that he belongs. It’s like, no one is letting you change. They don’t want you to be different, to evolve. This is the tragedy that Loki is facing on this issue. He is different, he wants to develop further, and yet, all those around him, especially in Asgard, don’t want him to. And the only friend he has is not capable of understanding him at the moment. Your parents might love you, but they have a hard time in coming to terms when you do change. We’ve been there. When we change from children to young adults. Then, from young adults to adults. People around us want us to remain the same. And many friends won’t understand our motives when we do certain stuff. And so, we’ll feel alone and misunderstood. In times of such change, we cling for some support. And sometimes it does feel like our egos are facing death. And that’s exactly what’s going on with poor Loki!

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #10, Loki cannot forgive himself

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Welcome to another Comics Thorsday! This time Loki Agent of Asgard will touch a delicate issue: if we cannot forgive ourselves, how can others forgive us? Issue #10 is a very emotional issue in which we see a guilty Loki. He is the crime that cannot be forgiven, but by who? By those in Asgard, or by himself? Because, although we’re in front of Loki’s fall from grace under Asgardian eyes, we already know that he was doomed by them from the beginning of his quest to better himself. Thus, the question is not being forgiven for those who won’t, but being forgiven by ourselves. Sometimes, we’re too hard on ourselves, and we punish ourselves harder than others would. Loki has been feeling guilty about that unspeakable sin that he, himself, cannot forgive. But the questions that this issue poses is deeper that it seems at first sight: if others can forgive us, why can’t we? If others are unwilling to let us be better, why should we need their approval?

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #9, Loki and Thor Swap Roles!

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Welcome to another Comics Thorsday! This time, Loki Agent of Asgard #9 gives us a shock: Loki and Thor swap roles! During years, Loki has been a villain, and Thor a great hero! But thanks to the events of AXIS, Thor has turned evil and Loki pure good. However, Loki still questions himself as a hero. Am I doing the correct thing? Am I the best version of myself? This issue brings us not only echoes from past events in the history of Marvel with our favorite duo, Thor and Loki; but it also poses to us a moral question: do heroes do good? And if so, what type of good? Can their morality be flawed? In connection to this, it also asks us about our own dark side. Does our dark side give to us our humanity and make us who we are?

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(C) Marvel, Journey into Mystery; Loki Agent of Asgard #9

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #8, too good to be true

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Welcome to another Comics Thorsday! I know, a little bit late (but hey! I’m catching up with all the delays!) This time we’re going to explore Loki Agent of Asgard #8, an issue where Loki is too good to be true. According to the events in Axis, the Red Skull released a psychic attack and those who were under his influence changed: evil became good, good became evil. So now, Loki seems to be too good to be true. But, do we love this version of Loki?

In this issue, we have to pay great attention to the scroll captions. Who do you think is talking in these captions? They are telling Loki’s story, but they have some clues about who it might be. Some of the scroll captions give it away in this issue!

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #7, upside down

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A super late Comics Thorsday is here! Loki Agent of Asgard #7 poses an interesting question: are we doomed? Are we destined to do something or become something again and again for all eternity whatever we do? In this issue, we’ll see how things get upside down, and how Loki’s parents will make us think about fate and destiny.

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(C) Marvel, Loki Agent of Asgard #7

Old Loki is Young Loki. In essence, they seem to be the same person, but are they? Is Loki doomed to become forever the villain that will make heroes shine, or can he avoid it and make a new future for himself? If we have done something wrong in the past, and we see how our future might look like, are we doomed to it? Or can we change? These are some of the questions that this issue asks to us. What do you think? Can humans change? Is fate there for us whatever we do?

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #6, in trouble + The Tenth Realm

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Comics THORsday is all about Loki getting in big trouble. What’s Old Loki planning to do with the young one? We’ll discover a new character in Loki AoA #6, and we’ll also get to peek into Loki’s family relationships thanks to Original Sin: Thor & Loki, the Tenth Realm. Loki AoA #6 also introduces us to the path of Axis, another graphic novel. I read it, and I must say that you don’t really need that one to keep up reading Loki AoA, so we’ll skip Axis (we’re fine with the resume Loki AoA will provide to us.) So, what’s up with Loki AoA #6? There are three important things that we must read carefully: the introduction of an old mate of Loki, Victor Von Doom; the guilt Loki feels for destroying Kid Loki, his better self; and the short trip to the alternate future where Old Loki is King of Asgard. (If you don’t like bugs, you’ll get the chills in this issue.)

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #5, showing off

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Comics THORsday is showing off today a lot reading Loki Agent of Asgard #5. In this issue not only we’ll discover the bogus relationship between magic and science that exists in the Marvel Universe, but we’ll also take a look at Loki’s shapeshifting abilities. He is a clever, cheeky, sassy Asgardian, who doesn’t shy away from showing who he is. However, he is hiding a secret, a secret that his older self will take advantage of as we’ll start to figure out in this issue. But first, let’s remember something about this comic: it presents us with Geeks and Jocks. Or, at least, the stereotypes that we’re used to, but with a hunch. The Jock, Thor, has already realized he was a pain to deal with the Geeky Loki when they were younger. But, can we find something else here? I’ll give you the first hint:

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(C) Marvel, Loki Agent of Asgard #5

Take a closer look at this because it’s really important. The God of Lies and Verity, a lie detector machine, are working together on a mission. While Loki embodies what would be the cool geek in our society, Verity embodies what the cool geek girl would be as well. [Notice those gorgeous tattoos she has on her arm!]

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Comics THORsday: Loki Agent of Asgard #4, geeking out

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Comics THORsday is geeking out today reading Loki Agent of Asgard #4. In this issue, Marvel presents us with Loki as a geek. We’ve been given some hints with Thor being a jock, a bully, in issue #1. And we’ve also been given some vague hints towards the geekiness of Loki. But it is this issue that makes things clear: he loves comics (has a poster of the classic comics of Thor in his living room), plays video games (he is playing while talking to the all-mother), and uses his brains more than just muscle to solve problems (he cheats Mephisto and Sigur). In this issue Marvel is trying to send quickly messages to the readers: hey, Loki is just a guy like you! American readers are used the stereotypes of the Geek and the Jock. Thus, this hints come in handy when decoding their personalities, their past actions and what they might do in the future. What’s more: they make us empathize more or less with certain characters.

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