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(but were afraid to ask)(or didn't know you wanted). For anyone like me who was interested in comics!Loki but didn't know where to start - here is an-depth illustrated summary of Loki in the current Marvel comics, in particular kid!Loki (aka Loki's shot at canonical redemption, aka Xparrot's crazy obsession du jour, aka everybody go read Journey into Mystery!)

This first part covers Loki's death leading up to his resurrection - if you want to jump right in with the Journey into Mystery comics, this should give you the basic background. First, a few warnings:

  • Beyond the cut are a huge heap of comics scans and massive spoilers for the last few years of Thor (as well as a few Marvel-wide tie-ins.) I've noted which issues which things happen in, broadly speaking, and linked to the trade paperback collections on Amazon.

  • Comics!Loki is nowhere near as hot as Hiddles!Loki. Be prepared. (to make up for it kid!Loki is adorable x a zillion.) He is also an evil supervillain and not so much with the woobie at all. (again, kid!Loki more than makes up for this, and much of it is tied to what he used to be.)

  • You may notice an occasional Thor/Loki bias to my summary. This is expected; do not adjust your television set. (I don't ship kid!Loki but his adult self is fair game!)


The Death and Times and Death and Rebirth of Loki Laufeyson

So a few years back in the comics Ragnarok happened. I haven't read those issues so I don't know exactly what went down, but I have it on good authority that Loki did it. However it happened, Asgard fell, and all the gods died with it.

[Thor v.1, v.2, v. 3, Thor 604-606]
(Most of this run was written by JMS of Babylon 5 fame, followed by Kieron Gillen who is responsible for Journey into Mystery and hence one of my new favorite writers.)

But you can't keep a good hero down, so Thor comes back to life, recreates the city of Asgard in small-town Oklahoma (this is as funny as it sounds) and brings back everyone else, who had been semi-reincarnated as humans living human lives without memories of godhood (similar to Thor's deal as Donald Blake in the comics). This includes Loki - who manages to grab Sif's body and runs around in it for while (not telling anyone, and no one actually recognizes her, even though Sif is Thor's lover in the comics and uh, really, Thor? You didn't notice? Even if she is smirky and mysteriously eyebrow-less, and also your brother...) This is the Lady Loki you might have seen about:

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Lady Loki is made of evil scheming win. If you thought movies!Loki wasn't nearly cunning or manipulative enough to be a proper trickster, Lady Loki is your girl. She pretends to have reformed, claiming that after Ragnarok, fate has run its course, and so they are all free to find new parts - in Loki's case, awesome cleavage and a newfound love of honesty. She's so honest, in fact, that she becomes the right-hand adviser of Balder, Thor's half-brother, and promptly arranges things to get Thor banished from Asgard so that Balder can have the throne (Odin opted not to come back with everyone else). Loki also cuts backroom deals with Doctor Doom and Hela, wherein it's revealed that Loki is in fact a self-made god - the reason Odin took in a Jotunn child all those years back was because of a prophecy given to him by a sorcerer. Said sorcerer was in fact Loki, popping back in time to set himself up quite neatly. Sif eventually gets her body back and Loki returns to his old (sadly not Hiddleston-esque) shape, but still claims to be on the side of Asgard, while seeeecretly continuing to go full-throttle on the evil scheming.

The best part of Loki's scheming is that it's so twisted that his real motivations are nearly impossible to discern; there are layers upon layers to everything he does, and no one gets the full picture save Loki himself (probably.) He's as quick to betray Doom as anyone in Asgard. And yet at a couple points he apologizes for what he's doing/what he is - and maybe that's more manipulation, but at least some of those times there's no one left with the memory to be manipulated:

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Maybe he's manipulating himself - Loki doesn't come across as unbalanced as he is in the movie, but at times he's at odds with his basic nature, that perhaps he doesn't want to be a god of lies and mischief all the time, even if it's the role he's fated to play. His deepest motivation for all his plotting here isn't revealed until Journey into Mystery, and even then it's not entirely clear whether he might not still be lying, even to himself.

[Thor 607-610, The Siege 1-4]

All Loki's schemes come to a head in the Marvel crossover event The Siege, in which an army of supervillains and some second-string heroes lay siege on Asgard (still in Oklahoma) and the various Avenger teams and half the rest of the Marvel universe show up to defend it. And Loki is behind it all, which at the climax he confesses - sort of; he leaves out a few key details of his involvement, but Balder and Heimdall figure out enough:

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"I am the god of mischief. I am Loki, the fire that burns. And why does the fire burn? I know not. But I am he..."

(Protip: Loki is totally lying when he says he didn't expect this. But I think his trickster-angst might be real. Maybe.)

Balder, finally getting a clue that trusting a god of lies maybe isn't the best plan, banishes him:

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(What are his legs doing there? And why the green spandex? Oh comics...)

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"You may exile all of Asgard's greatest sons...but you can't stop us from saving you."

Balder stops at exile because they've got bigger problems: one of the aforementioned second-string heroes is a buddy of the Fantastic Four called The Sentry, whose alter ego is the Void, existing in sort of a Bruce Banner situation, if Bruce were Superman and the Hulk was an Elder God.

In the chaos of the siege, the Void gets released. It promptly smashes Asgard, and it's looking like the world might follow, and even Loki seems taken aback:

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--Didn't Ragnarok already wash over the kingdom? Like only a couple years ago? But anyway - Loki prays to his All-father Odin:

"Please believe me...I did not mean for this to happen...Asgard is no more, and it is my fault. I led this battle to your door, not to ruin Asgard, but to save it. If you can hear me, Father, do know, though mischief is my weapon...I meant only for Asgard to rule in greatness as it has done in the past. I could not conceive of these mere mortals adding such madness. I could not see that this monster was so all-powerful. Give me this one chance, Father. Let me save Asgard. Let me hold the stones of Norn once more. Let me cast out the power of my imaginings to these mortals who would defend our honor. Please, Father..."

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I'd put Loki's honesty at maaaybe 50%, but it works; Odin (or whoever?) gives Loki the power to pump up the Avengers so that they can take on the Void.

Unfortunately, the Void figures out where their buffs are coming from, and like any good campaigner goes straight for the caster.

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Last words. Say what you will, Loki's got style. Also damn but he's a manipulative little shit.

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So his brother just went boom trying to save them all. Thor is Not Amused.

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(and yes, in the comics Thor's hammer always goes "KRAKAKOOM", "KRAKADOOM," or some variation thereof. This never fails to crack me up.)

Thor is pissed off enough that (with the Avengers' help) he manages to take down the Void. The Sentry gets a funeral issue, the Asgardians who fell in the Siege get pyres, and Balder, Tyr (god of war), and Thor have a small ceremony for Loki in the ruins of Asgard:

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Not a big fan of the art here, but oh - "Even though we shared no blood, even though so much blood fell between us...we were brothers, and let none claim to the contrary." *heart squish*

...By the way, this isn't the end of Loki's mischief (raise your hand if you're surprised. If your hand is up, congratulations, you are Thor!) See, in spite of Loki's impassioned prayer at the end there, he in fact had planned most of it - up to and including his death.

Much of this is explained in a special oneshot Loki issue of Siege. I wish the art of this issue wasn't so lackluster, because it's a really fascinating read, about the closest we get to penetrating Loki's real goals. (and as it's written by Kieron Gillen, is largely setting up Journey into Mystery.) It's mostly flashbacks to the Siege set-up, starting with Loki musing after this exchange with Doom:

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But that he does remain Loki is a problem for a god of chaos.

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"For the first time in history, the Asgardians think themselves free from the whip of destiny. We are free...yet Asgard remains. Even here, on Midgard's lowly soil, we are as we are. Balder is good. Thor is noble. And Loki is...Loki. Despite all my chaos--all my art--we are as trapped as ever."

This identity crisis doesn't stop Loki from being totally badass in carrying out his plans, plotting between everyone (and lying to all of them), plus going up against ancient monsters with a sword and a whip and laying an unexpected beat-down - "You have no idea what I am...no one does." (And a good counter for anyone who argues that it was OOC for Loki to be able to take on Thor physically in the movies.)

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It's here that Loki makes the deals with Hela (ruler of Hel, and Loki's daughter in traditional myth; in the Marvel-verse their relationship is unclear) to get her some new real estate to replace the Hel lost with Ragnarok, leasing the land from Mephisto (ruler of regular Hell, pretty much the devil) - deals that kid!Loki later follows up on. Loki's interactions with Mephisto are particularly interesting, in light of later comments that imply he deliberately plays himself up to be more outright evil, so Mephisto thinks they are more alike than perhaps they are. The Norse god of mischief recasting himself as Satan for his own ends, even as the Norse myths were rewritten by Christian scribes?

At the end, as they watch the siege begin, Loki says, "Mischief is a small thing, a toy I've used and discarded. This isn't mischief; this is mayhem. Just watch." - and Mephisto takes this as Loki stepping up his game - but then Loki goes off and dies to end it, playing with Mephisto as he plays with everyone, making sure Mephisto couldn't see what was coming.

[Thor 611-614]

So a bit after Siege Thor happens to have hero business in the new Hel, and on the way out asks to see his brother - upon which he learns that Loki is not in fact in Hel. Turns out part of his arrangement with Hela was to get himself written out of the big book of the Viking afterlife, seeking ultimate freedom. This is particularly bad news because the monsters Loki fought before, the Disir (think cannibalistic zombie Valkryies) were running about loose and looking to eat any Asgardian soul that's not safe in Hel's realm. Hela's opinion is that Loki wanted a final out - "I think he wanted total suicide. Complete annihilation."

"You are wrong," Thor insists, "You must be wrong."

(What Loki conveniently forgot to mention to Hela was that he in fact defeated the Disir and handed them over to Mephisto, in order to influence Hela's deals with him. This too will come back to haunt kid!Loki.)

[Thor 615-617]
(the story is whatever, but it's some of my favorite art of the series, even if the Asgardians tragically lose their Viking font for a few issues.)

So Thor is very down about losing his brother for good, on top of Asgard being toppled and Odin still gone.

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Yes, at their little memorial Thor specifically said Loki wasn't his flesh and blood. Thunder gods are not so great in the memory department, apparently. Sif & Balder are quick to point out what else Thor is forgetting, namely that the reason Asgard toppled is because of said brother, so it's not like having him back would fix anything, and Thor...does not care.

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Yes, apparently all you need to to raise the dead is a lightning bolt and shiny armor. It's good to be a god.

And I cannot say how much I love Thor here - that he brings Loki back, not because Loki saved them in the end, not because he owes Loki, or because he thinks Loki or the world will be any better for it; he knows Loki will likely go right back to his old tricks and wreaking havoc again - but Thor brings him back anyway, selfishly and knowing it, because in spite of everything he wants his brother in his life, can never give up on what they once had.

So then we're in Paris, where a young card sharp by the auspicious name of "Serrure" ("Lock") is fleecing a crowd:

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(That stammer is either because he noticed Thor watching, or resurfacing memories; I'm not sure which, and either way...)

Serrure's associate tries to pick Thor's pocket, it goes badly, Serrure bolts and Thor gives chase, and when he catches up - I have to post these pages because there is no adequate way to summarize their amazingness:

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(His reincarnation is only like 13 so I refuse to make a 'grab my hammer' joke. Your subconscious will have to provide. Loki'd! :P)

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"What if I am everything I fear?"
"You are my brother. You have nothing to fear."

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AND TOGETHER THEY FIGHT CRIME.

(Or at least Disir, evil serpents, fear gods, and trolls, on and off the internet.)

For the second half I'll go more into kid!Loki in the beginning of Journey into Mystery and elsewhere in Thor. ...Or possibly just post a lot of Thor & kid!Loki pics and squee at you until your ears ring:

Post 2: kid!Loki in Thor

JiM preview pic

Comments

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immicolia
May. 26th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
Ah, excellent. I have started reading some of the Journey Into Mystery stuff that was in that big Fear Itself torrent and I'm definitely going to start picking up the trades when the slightly cheaper paperback editions come out. But I haven't done any back reading so this was useful. And Kid Loki had my heart from the moment I saw him dicking around on the internet and complaining about how people were calling him a troll. XD and then I go, "No, Loki. Get off the internet. People like Izaya are on there." And then I want crossovers. Because everything in my head is crossovers.


(tangently related: I also wound up grabbing the three Deadpool issues that were in that batch, which only reaffirmed the fact that, man, I really need to read more Deadpool. Because that is clearly the kind of stupidity that is up my alley.)
xparrot
May. 26th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
Ahahah I love kid!Loki's continuing online adventures. And all the slang he picks up, to the despair of his elders. (and Izaya vs Loki online...the internet itself would be set in on fire by the end...)

I haven't read any Deadpool but it's something I've been meaning to check out, for all the fourth-wall-smashing that he seems to get up to?
immicolia
May. 26th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
(it would be beautiful and I would totally pay to read it. Nothing would be grander than the internet exploding due to fabulous dickprinces trolling each other.)



Most things with with Deadpool seem to be fourth wall abuse. That Fear Itself nonsense had a little three issue Deadpool story in it involving him tricking a Z-list supervillian into thinking he's got a magic hammer, so Deadpool can then scam a small town out of its money when he shows up to save the day and it's just hilarious. Although I'm not sure if that's completely par for the course for the series yet or how serious it gets if it ever does veer into seriousness. That little bit I've seen so far seems pretty awesome though. (there's a part of me tempted to try Iron Man as well since I apparently have a lot of feelings about Tony Stark, but I'm not sure if comics!Tony could ever be as fabulous as movie!Tony.)
xparrot
May. 26th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
Ahahah Fear Itself was pretty bad but that Deadpool bit sounds so tempting~!

I am sadly not enamored of what I've seen of Tony Stark in the comics - love him in the movies but he seems to have less snark and more whinging in the comics. But it could've only been the ones I read?
immicolia
May. 26th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
The Deadpool story is worth it. So very very much. And it appears to have very little to do with the Fear Itself nonsense overall, save for the mentions of those magic hammers that were around I guess? And from what little I've seen (between that and various panels here and there) I tend to like the art in Deadpool better than most comics. It's just bright and weird. Which is pretty much perfect for it.


And yea, I've heard that about Tony in the comics. Which is pretty much why I haven't really bothered looking yet. I should just stick to trying to find movie-verse fanfics to read instead (I want to read the story where Tony and Pepper and Jarvis are the most adorable OT3/dysfunctional family ever... but I don't think this actually exists. XD)
flo_nelja
May. 23rd, 2013 11:53 am (UTC)
*passing by one year later, via a link*
Seeing Izaya in Durarara!!, I have always seen him as an avatar of Loki. He sounds like him.
Also, he's the one who tries to interpret Celty as Nordic, not Celtic myth.
sholio
May. 26th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
*squints past spoilers* I actually ordered the "Journey into Mystery:Fear Itself" trades from Amazon a couple days ago. XD (Though probably I should've asked you which ones to get! But ... Amazon was just THERE, and my fingers did the clicking ...) Can I read this without getting spoiled for those? I really know nothing at ALL about the kid!Loki storyline except that, well, obviously he's a kid, and I'd like to go into it as spoiler-free as possible, but if it's all just previous background then it should be safe ...
xparrot
May. 26th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
The first two kid!Loki volumes are JiM: Fear Itself and JiM: Fear Itself Fallout (and the next one after that, JiM: Terrorism Myth, isn't out yet) so you chose wisely!

This whole post is dedicated to what happened in the years before JiM that lead to the (re)birth of kid!Loki, so yes, you can read it safely (I do mention a few ongoing plot threads that are taken up in JiM, but not how they're resolved there.) All these scans are from Thor and related issues; I didn't reach JiM itself (which begins with kid!Loki already around and in Asgard.)

(tbh I don't actually know how much the beginning of JiM will make, without the background? I know it starts with a recap, it might be fine...really I have a hard time rating comics at all; not following everything that's going on seems to be a hazard of the media, even if it drives me nuts! ^^;)
sholio
May. 26th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
As a longtime reader of Marvel and (less frequently) DC comics, I gotta say that being constantly confused and feeling like you missed parts of the story is definitely part of the whole experience. ^^;; However, I've now read your (awesome) recap and I'm glad I did -- especially since I would've missed out on Loki's resurrection and reunion with Thor otherwise!


Thor comes back to life, recreates the city of Asgard in small-town Oklahoma (this is as funny as it sounds)

LOL, I kinda almost want to read it just for this (especially since listening to my dad complain about Oklahoma, his ancestral state where he is currently living again, is a weekly event around here).

Never having been a Thor reader, I'm getting the general impression that the cracktastic tone and style of the movie (which I loved, BTW; despite going in with low expectations, it ended up being my favorite of the Avengers prequels along with the first Iron Man movie) is fairly accurate to the comics. XD The only Thor comic I remember reading from my 1980s Marvel-heavy days does nothing to counter this impression, since the plot (what I remember of it) involves Thor getting turned into a frog by one of the bad guys and, not being able to talk because he is a frog, has to communicate with people by writing things down with his little frog hands.

... also looking at Loki's horns in these scans makes me think that generations of Marvel artists must have cursed the original character designer who gave him those horns, because it looks like they are completely impossible to draw in accurate perspective from any angle. XDDD

Anyway, this was fun! And now I'm looking forward to my comics getting here!
xparrot
May. 27th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
For the next post I'm planning to spit up the Thor and JiM bits, if you want to see more of kid!Loki in Thor (and I'll try to leave out JiM spoilers, or mark 'em if so! Planning on doing less plot and more just cute char bits anyway.)(Basically Thor and JiM run parallel, without that much overlap, but kid!Loki guests in Thor and Thor guests in JiM. The writers are different, though, and since Gillen's kid!Loki is 'my' version of the char, sometimes the Thor version gives me pause. Still has cute bits, though!)

The JMS- and Gillen-written Thor comics were quite good, I think worth a read? and Asgard is still in OK, so JiM has a bit of that as well (kid!Loki's interactions with regular Earth are some of my favorite bits in general ^^) And yes, crack - that is definitely part of the appeal! (ahahaha to the frog!Thor - I will have to look for that...!)

Actually I enjoy the Thor comics in general - I'd have tried them out sooner if I'd realized they were the actual Norse gods (or reasonable facsimiles thereof.) I'd thought they were just super-powered aliens or whatever, hadn't realized that they borrowed so much of the myth! Not until I saw the Thor movie - which yeah, is my favorite prequel along with Iron Man. It's so ridiculously OTT, just what I want in my superhero movies! (I can appreciate the new Batman movies and such, but yeah, bring on the cheese XD)(Also while I'm a crazy Loki fangirl, I appreciate that both the Thor and the Avengers movie make Loki somewhat sympathetic, but still the villain - sympathy for him did not come at the expense of the heroes. Unlike Smallville where sometimes I was siding with Lex against Clark, I'm not on Loki's side; I just love him anyway XD)

And Loki's horns ahahahah yes why??? (kid!Loki's costume is similar to Loki's costume at one point in the '80s; the horns seem to come and go...)
sholio
May. 27th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA so Google informs me that Thor turning into a frog was an entire, multi-issue storyline. Oh Marvel. I don't remember much of that; all I remember is Thor turning into a frog and at one point trying to communicate with people by writing in flour. However, I have got to say that the following quote made me literally LOL: "Also at some point Frog!Thor fights Loki, who can’t stop fucking laughing." PLEASE let someone have put this on scans_daily.

Also, this (quite spoilery) summary has all the issue #s. I wonder if I still have these around anywhere?
xparrot
May. 27th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAH!! I will definitely have to look this up! (and possibly post bits of it, if they're not available elsewhere...I thought I'd gone through most of the Loki tag on scans_daily, but might have to double-check XD)
petronia
May. 28th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
You should look up the Pet Avengers series, it's EPIC.
bluepard
May. 26th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
I approve of this post. And yes, Kid Loki is my favorite right now, he just has so much (adorableness) potential!
xparrot
May. 26th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yeeeeeah...I'm very partial to movie!Loki but he doesn't squish my heart like kid!Loki does!

(According to online sources a plot arc coming in August might be the end of Gillen's JiM to run, and possibly the end of kid!Loki? (this hasn't been said anywhere, but if they want to keep him as a supervillain...) So I need to enjoy him while I can...)
bluepard
May. 26th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
I've heard that rumor. Kid Loki is popular but the status quo is god, especially now that the movies are out and Loki is a more widely-known villain. But they do have an easy out with Ikol if they want an evil Loki.

Hope, hope, hope!
xparrot
May. 26th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I keep thinking, if Ikol gets reincarnated, then they can keep kid!Loki around - and it would be so ultimate-trickster, to have two versions of himself...!

(really kid!Loki is ultimate trickster anyway, to completely defy all expectations! and in the original myths Loki wasn't always evil...if they would just let him go back to his roots...)

At least Loki is a solid enough part of Marvel canon that they can't just kill him off, and whatever they do with kid!Loki the chance of his return will always be there...(as long as they don't actually make him go evil, but at least as they've presented him now he would have a long journey to actual supervillain status, even if he's not as innocent as he comes across...)

...I also really worry that even if kid!Loki doesn't go totally evil, that he might be banished from Asgard, maybe lose all his memories (admittedly that's happened so many times already that it's not like it would stick...) ...I'm just enjoying the Thor & kid!Loki stuff so much, and I don't think it can last! ;_;
bluepard
May. 26th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Same. The reason I'm enjoying JiM is partially Kid Loki but also that it's atypical stuff. JiM has solutions that aren't punch-ups, and game boards and interactive dialogue boxes and it's having so much more fun.

Apparently Gillen said somewhere that he'd be interested in writing something like Balder the Sheriff of the Void and his Zombie Friends or whatever, and since I love Balder I love the idea of that. But I also love it 'cause it plays more with Asgardians as being this epic quest sort of area more than a superhero field. It's not that I don't enjoy superhero stuff, of course, but it's a nice bit of a change-up, and I think it suits Loki really well even if it'll only be temporary. (I think some of that made sense...)
xparrot
May. 26th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, exactly - a big part of the draw of JiM was that it wasn't standard superhero, that it was much more mythological in feel, with epic quests and outwitting prophecies (and of course the killer wit!) Kid!Loki is more of a classic trickster than the old Loki, because he only has his wits and charm to rely on. But I think it will eventually have to return to something more status quo - especially because I doubt that many writers other than Gillen could pull it off. Kid!Loki in the hands of other writers isn't so effective, as seen in Thor, in which he tends to be either too young or have too much of an edge? One of the reasons I love JiM is because he is a sneaky little shit - he's still god of mischief and lies! - but he's also got enough compassion and urge for change to be sympathetic. It's a delicate balance, though, and not an easy one to write.
bluepard
May. 26th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
This is unfortunately true. I've given up on Mighty Thor even as much as I love the characters in it because I don't like the writing.
xparrot
May. 27th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I've been reading Mighty Thor but basically ignoring the plot and just enjoying the cute character bits!
bluepard
May. 27th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I was trying to do that but I kept hoping for good things and getting disappointed. I might marathon it later. Hard to hope too much when people have spoiled all the plot for you!
snarkydame
May. 27th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
I look forward to going through this! I have a soft spot for Thor (and Loki!) but I've really only read a very little of their comics -- just Fear Itself, actually, and that's pretty Loki-less. Roller coasters and friends have sapped my energy for the day, but I'll be back to read through this properly, so THANK YOU for going through the trouble of putting it together!
xparrot
May. 27th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Hee, actually Fear Itself has some of the best Loki - but only in the Journey into Mystery tie-ins; JiM: Fear Itself is the beginning of the current JiM run; I personally think it's quite superior to the main Fear Itself storyline, which I wasn't so enamored of (but then I didn't know most of the other chars involved so wasn't that invested?)

And yeah...I don't know if I'd have liked Loki all that much if I'd just encountered his usual comics villain self, but between the movies and kid!Loki I am pretty mad in love right now ^_^
petronia
May. 28th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Laughing, I wasn't even sure how Loki came back as kid!Loki but I assumed it had to have been this big complex thing. Nope...
xparrot
May. 28th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yeeeeah, Loki's death is complicated but his actual rebirth, not so much! (I originally started with that issue and was figuring there was more going on that I didn't know about, but...nope!)
(ETA: this is not the only time Thor does this - he finally resurrects Odin by hammering on his coffin really hard. The rule seems to be that as long as their soul is around and not actually in Hel's realm, bringing an Asgardian back from the dead is no big deal. Once Hel has 'em it's another story; she doesn't like to let go...)

Edited at 2012-05-28 09:25 pm (UTC)
takadainmate
May. 30th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Do you know how hard, how hard, i'm resisting getting into these comics. You are not making it easy!

I also can't express how glad I am you are into Loki too! And kid!flavour at that! :D
xparrot
May. 30th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
DOOOOOOOOOOOO IT YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT THEY ARE SO AWESOME!! *_*

Yay for Loki-love! Yeah, I am pretty mad-obsessed right now (I love movie!Loki too, but kid!Loki, yeah, him and my buttons, SO VERY PUSHED!)
randomicicle
Jul. 14th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
This is such a beautiful masterpost ♥. I haven't read all of Thor in comics, tho I'm fairly familiar with comics canon.. however, I do want to start and read ALL THE THINGS. From the very beginning. And especially kid!Loki. So masterposts such as this are more than useful, they're absolutely wonderful! Will go through it in a bit, especially dl-ing everything.
xparrot
Jul. 14th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it, have fun with the comics! (warning that I don't actually have any downloads linked; the links are all to the trade paperbacks...)
randomicicle
Jul. 14th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, already got all the dl links. It's kind of hard to get hands on comics where I live.. the internet is a savior. But this kind posts ♥
nemesisz
Aug. 29th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I want to cosplay as kid Loki, and this really helps me to understand him better! :3
xparrot
Aug. 29th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! And good look with the cosplay~!
raeve
Sep. 4th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I just started reading Journey Into Mystery and a friend directed me here since I am unfamiliar with comics!Loki. The info was really helpful (and entertaining :D). Thank you so much for sharing this! *hug*
xparrot
Sep. 4th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Hee, you're most welcome - always happy to help spread the kid!Loki love! ^_^
kurokurorin
Oct. 10th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
All I have to say is... THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was kind of soured years ago by the Civil War arc in marvel comics, but the Thor movie rekindled my curiosity for the newer stories. So I thought I'd caught up with everything there was to catch up with, but how wrong I was! Thanks for posting this (and summary 2)! It helped me complete my collection~ <3
xparrot
Oct. 10th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
Glad to help! I only just got into Marvel comics myself (feel fortunately to have missed Civil War ^^) so I'm happy to spread the love!
sinick
Oct. 27th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU for this epic reference!
I don't know shit about the comicsverse and this is a huge education! Thanks!
dessieoctavia
May. 23rd, 2013 07:33 am (UTC)
Hey, I thought you might like to know I referenced you in my new Guide to Loki Comics for Movie Loki Fans. It's at http://mosellegreen.tumblr.com/guide and http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/4359071.html
xparrot
May. 28th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks for the linkage - happy to help spread the Loki-love! ^_^
renki_chan
Jul. 26th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this. May I ask a question...I bought the Loki siege, or better I bought the Siege collection, that one in which we see Loki dies. Inside the collection I have the Loki siege too, but I didn't see the first panel in which Loki said "I take that as a compliment". To be more precise, I have that scene but the drawing shows the Loki part of the chat. So I wonder why, is that another version or that is only a panel that I miss in the story? I even miss the part of Loki funeral and that part with Balder you put before the scene of Loki's death.

ooooh I'm so confused in marvel comics >_<, manga are much more simple to follow XD
xparrot
Jul. 27th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Hi! I may be misremembering some details, but I'll try to sort 'em out as best I can. These images are pulled both from Siege and Thor comics before, during, and after Siege (comics are SO HARD! manga is so much easier, I agree. There may be 700 chapters of One Piece but at least they all are numbered in proper order, no title changes or x-overs!)

All of my screenshots are named with the issue - if you click through to photobucket you can see the image name. You're right, the panel with Loki's "I take that as a compliment" I actually took from Thor 606 (I liked the art better). It's the end of the Latveria arc which immediately precedes Siege. The Siege: Loki issue is sort of a flashback to that bit. And Loki's funeral is from Thor 611, part of Thor: Siege Aftermath.
renki_chan
Jul. 27th, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
Oh I see. Thank you very much. Now I just have to understand how many book has the JiM series...it seems they are 4 plus another spin off call "JiM Everything that burns", is that right?
Do you think I can start with JiM right away or do you think is better starting with The mighty Thor volume 1 and 2 *looking at the wallet ><*

Thanks again for the guide by the way, it really helps me ^^
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