Take a step back everyone, it’s time for a bombshell: I am finally reasonably convinced that Al Ewing is genuinely and deliberately making an effort to portray Loki as genderfluid (or at least, something other than cisgender). Regular readers will recall that I had some issues with Ewing’s semantics regarding Loki’s gender and sexuality, but this concern and many others have been assuaged by Loki: Agent of Asgard #5, wherein Lorelei utilizes her other talents, Verity saves everyone’s butts, and Loki finally catches up with… Loki.
It’s that time of the month again, friends: time to be irritated, aroused, and emotionally compromised. By which I mean it’s time for Agent of Asgard.
When last we left our dashing not-hero, he was in possession of a magical sword that didn’t belong to him and his evil adult self was gallivanting through Asgard’s past, shooting fish with bazookas and otherwise messing junk up. The consequences of Old Man Loki’s prying and meddling are yet to be revealed, but the consequence of stealing Sigurd’s sword is pretty straightforward: a pissed-off Sigurd. Thereby follows the plot of Agent of Asgard #4, wherein Sigurd climbs many vertical surfaces, Loki wears tight pants and has ulterior motives, and Verity has had just about enough of all this.
Well, ladies and gents, I hope you weren’t too desperate for teen eye candy this month, because Loki is conspicuously absent from his own title. That is to say: New Loki is absent and Old Man Loki is back and more devious than ever, so if you’re into old man, this is your kind of issue.
“But wait,” you exclaim, in the hypothetical conversation I imagine we are having, “isn’t Old Loki gone forever? Wasn’t he killed”—and here I imagine you count pensively on your fingers—“like… a ton of issues ago and reincarnated into a totally new body?”
All of these hypothetical observations you have (or possibly haven’t) made are very astute and very correct, but you have failed to account for the fact that this is Marvel and, by virtue of Comic Book Logic, nobody ever actually dies. I’m still waiting with bated breath for the giant otter Loki killed to make a comeback and be given its own series.