Review: Loki: Agent of Asgard #2

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Review of: Loki: Agent of Asgard #2
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Al Ewing, Lee Garbett, Nolan Woodard
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Loki: Agent of Asgard #2


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Rating:
5
On March 8, 2014
Last modified:March 8, 2014

Summary:

Funnier than the first issue, Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 finds a way to one up itself.

Loki has been a good luck character for books lately.  Between Journey into Mystery and Young Avengers, he’s been in some the most critically acclaimed books at Marvel.  Loki: Agent of Asgard adds to the list with a stellar new series.  And #2 is even better than #1.

The issue’s gimmick, that Loki is using speed dating, works more than it probably should.  Having Loki constantly explaining every detail to Verity should be annoying and bog down the issue.  Instead, it opens up opportunities for Loki to crack jokes and tell an otherwise boring story in a fun way.  Even a splash page of exposition doesn’t slow down the momentum of Loki’s adventure.  Loki’s mission to catch Lorelei, who coincidentally is the focus of an upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is a by the books caper.  Lorelei’s powers ends up causing some traditional “men can’t control themselves” humor, which Ewing uses for laughs.  Considering how tired that humor is, I found myself getting a few hardy chuckles out of them.  #2 is a much funnier issue than #1, with Ewing’s jokes hitting their marks every time.  Garbett and Ewing seem to be in complete harmony when it comes to executing jokes.

The real star of Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 is Verity though.  Her simple “power,” people can’t lie to her, is a nice wrinkle to play off our lovable god.  As we saw in Journey into Mystery, it’s good to have someone around Loki who can call him on his numerous lies.  Like the Doctor in Doctor Who, he needs someone to keep him from going over the edge.  She opens a lot of avenues for Loki to reveal himself to someone in ways that he can’t to others.  Leah accomplished this at times, but Loki was physically able to lie to her if the situation called for it.  I had high hopes for this series, but Verity’s addition makes me even more excited.

Lee Garbett’s artwork is as strong as ever.  Garbett has #2 flowing like an episode of a sitcom.  #2 runs like an episode of Modern Family.  Character says something, cut to something disproving it, then cut back to reaction.  Laughter ensues.  Much like Steve Liber on Super Foes of Spider-Man, Garbett’s artwork is more tailored towards talking heads.  Thankfully this entire issue is talking heads.  Loki’s expressions are filled with genuine emotion as he opens up to Verity.  Verity’s last panel gave me a big smile at Verity’s reaction to Loki’s only lie told around her.  The only weakness, and it’s not a big weakness, is that Verity looks too similar to Lorelei at points.  It was clear from the story that Loki was telling that Verity wasn’t Lorelei, but I’d have to go back in the issue and double check who was who.

Loki: Agent of Asgard is one of the best series to come out of the All-New Marvel NOW!  I pray that it finds an audience and will be around for a while.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 gets 5/5.

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