If at any point this Wednesday you happened to hear a screech of victory carried on the early autumn air, that was probably me. Sorry if I startled you. As any regular readers will surely know by now, I have been both deeply invested in and deeply dubious of Al Ewing’s claims about Loki’s gender fluidity and the appropriate representation thereof. Over the course of ten issues, I went from cautiously optimistic to staunchly pessimistic to pleasantly surprised, but though the hints and mentions of Loki’s unconventional relationship with gender have been leaning in the right direction, they have heretofore remained simply hints and mentions. Rejoice, happy readers, for the cloud of vagueness has passed, the indistinct hand-waving has coalesced into fact, there shall be no more shrugs and “ehh” noises. As of Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #5, Loki is expressly and unambiguously stated to be both male and female in nature. Raise a glass.
So if you’re a fan of shapely ladies in skimpy armor, it turns out that Heaven (or Heven, as it’s spelled in-universe) really is all it’s cracked up to be. This realm—the long-forgotten “tenth realm”—is where Thor and Loki find themselves in Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm Volumes 2 and 3, on their search for Thor’s supposedly long-dead sister. Unfortunately, the locals seem to be hostile toward Asgardians in particular, and Thor and Loki each have to use their own skills to avoid being eviscerated.
Welcome back, friends (or whoever you people are). This month Agent of Asgard has taken a detour into a universe-wide Marvel event called Original Sin. To be honest, the Original Sin storyline has proven fairly bland overall, but it could potentially be bolstered by Thor and Loki forming flimsy brotherly bonds built on layers and layers of Loki’s lies and deceit. You know, really heartwarming stuff. With these high hopes begins Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1.