Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Art: Oscar Bazaldua, David Curiel, VC’s Clayton Cowles, and Ozgulr Yildirim
Release Date: July 17th, 2019
The war of the realms is finally over! There’s a new status quo for Loki, Thor, Jane Foster and even Odin himself. For the first time, Loki has some serious responsibilities as his reward for helping defeat the frost giants, and you better believe his dear Brother won’t let him shirk his newfound responsibilities. What could be more enticing for the God Of Mischief than the frozen throne of Jotenheim? Let’s check it out.
Picking up where War Of The Realms left off from the Omega issue, we get the recap: Loki burst forth reborn, Alien-style from his Father Laufey’s stomach, helping to strike the final blow against the Frost Giants. What did he get for his act of valiant heroism? Respect, that’s what! He inherits the throne of Jotenheim, alongside his brother Thor the new All-Father. He’s taking his new role as seriously as you’d expect the God Of Mischief to- by hanging out on Midgard, flirting with a couple of dimes and throwing dice by Using his new Pygmy Frost Giant Drrf as cover. After causing some serious mischief in the casino, he’s chased out by the Armadillo for being a real high roller, and causing a lot of damage in the process.
From another dimension, Nightmare sees that the throne of Jotenheim is empty, and plans to take the throne from Loki… meanwhile, Thor reminds Loki as King he has important stuff to do, like presiding over a disputed involving two Frost Giants and an Axe. If you can’t trust a Pygmy frost, who can you trust? In truly terrible timing, Nightmare bursts forth into Jotenheim, where he’s eaten by an enchanted snowman created by Loki to guard Jotenheim. I don’t remember that happening in Frozen! Odin Was Always one to keep secrets, and after securing the safety of his kingdom, Thor and Loki pay a visit to a formerly off-limits library in Asgard.
It’s a new status quo for most of our notable Asgardians, and while we’ve seen Loki at times be considered an anti-hero, giving him serious responsibilities and a newfound sense of purpose is a new twist in his long story. Whether he will take it as seriously as his brother remains to be seen, and while I’ve never been a Thor guy this is an intriguing start and I’ll definitely stick around to see where it leads. The cartoony art matches well with the slightly comical tone of the story without ever going into farce or being too silly. It’s a solid start for the new Loki.