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?
Old Loki has a good point: it’s never what you do but what you are. We live in a society where stereotypes are strong and pretty alive. Think about the stereotypes on geeks: you might not fit into them, but people will have the image of that stereotype and will remember that. Whatever you do as a geek, you will still be confronted with that stereotypes. What we decide to do next will make society change or not. Old Loki, fed up, of course, of trying to fit in, of trying to change for the better, found out that whatever he did was really futile. People would still think of him as the God of Lies, and they would never trust him. He would be a forever outsider of Asgard, tolerated but never into the group.
And so, who we are is the real issue here. Who we are should determine the actions that we do. Or, at least, who we want to be. The drama of Old Loki is that who he thinks he is is what Asgardians think he is. The question for Young Loki now is to decide if his fate is torturing him or not. Said in other words, will Young Loki decide to take in the stereotype as Old Loki did and be who Asgardian society think of him; or will he chose to be who he wants to be?
All of us have confronted this problem many times. Perhaps, the first time is when you grow up from a teenager to a young adult. The image parents and society have of you will change. They have expectations that you might or not fulfill. It’s when we go from teenagers to young adults when we first this question to us: who do we want to be? What people expect from us? Or what we want to be?
Here the metaphor is clear: Old Loki represents society’s expectations, what other people think of us. And Young Loki is our hopes of who we want to be, what we want others to see in us!
But can we change that? Can we change how others think of us? Can we change their thinking if we do things that they want us to do? Probably not. However, what if we do something different? Not the good deeds they like us to do, and obviously not the bad deeds they expect us to do; but something totally utterly different. [That was a spoiler for the next issue, by the way.]
At the end of the day, we are the ones to decide what we want to do: if to become a droid and enter into a molde we won’t like and be miserable forever, or be ourselves regardless of what others think of us.
Need more help? Read some more:
- Loki Agent of Asgard #1, we start reading!
- Introduction to Comics
- Maybe also, some History of Comics?
- Loki is a little bit of a Geek. Some info about Issue #2 before reading it. The cheating sheet is here!
- Loki goes speed dating in Issue #2. Read it here.
- Loki explains legends in a different light in Issue #3. Read it here.
- Loki Geeks out in Issue #4. Read it here.
- Loki shows off in Issue #5. Read it here.
- Is Loki of Asgard really loved by Odin? Discovering an important page in Original Sin, Thor & Loki The Tenth Realm. Read it here.
- Loki gets in trouble in issue #6 + The Tenth Realm. Read it here.
- Loki gets upside down in Loki AoA issue #7! Read it here.
- Loki is too good to be true in issue #8! Read it here.
- Loki and Thor Swap roles in issue #9! Read it here.
- Loki cannot forgieve himself in issue #10! Read it here.
- Loki’s world is falling apart in issue #11! Read it here.