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Loki: Agent of Asgard #3: Review

Apr 2014
Al Ewing, Lee Garbett

Story Name:

Your Life is a Story I’ve Already Written

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Loki: Agent of Asgard #3 Review by (April 5, 2014)
Review: Very nice change of pace for the third issue to move back to the days of myth and legend—with a contemporary twist in the tail (a rocket launcher? Really?). And it looks like they are bringing the characters on stage for the complicated caper Loki promised in issue #2. Cool. Can’t wait.

Comments: The story addresses the issue of whether this Fafnir is the same dragon who battled Thor later in THOR #134-136 and doesn’t settle anything for what doth Loki care for matters of continuity in these tales?


Loki: Agent of Asgard #3 Review by (April 7, 2014)
The box with 5 locks containing the sword appeared in the Point One prequel. There Loki got hold of the 5 keys and opened the box to get the sword Gram. This was all under the instructions of the All-Mother. Then he used Gram to stab Thor as seen in #1. The tale here hews very close to actual Norse myth. Except for the 5-locked box stuff at the end. And Sigurd still being alive. Does old Loki *know* he's setting things up for new Loki? Is he being manipulated by All-Mother? Is this why she freed him in #1? Does old Loki now stay in the past to *be* Loki (paradox)? My head's beginning to hurt!



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Loki: Agent of Asgard #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Old Loki, imprisoned in Asgardia by the All-Mother, easily steps out of his cell and into a legend from the distant past. Loki encounters a young and naïve Odin and joins him on his journey. They come upon a giant otter and Loki shocks Odin by quickly killing it, roasting the meat for dinner and turning its hide into cloaks for them both. They come to the inn of Hreidmar of the Vanir and his three sons. They await their brother Otr the Changer of Shapes, then recognize his skin as forming the cloaks of the two visitors. They demand a ransom in gold for his life. A guilt-ridden Odin stays behind as hostage while Loki goes for their gold. The God of Evil tracks down the dwarf Andvari who guards his hoard of treasure in the form of a giant pike. Loki blasts the monster with a rocket launcher and presents the cursed gold to the bereaved family. The two gods continue their journey with Loki asking Odin to build for him a box with five locks. Back at the inn, the dwarf’s curse brings out the true natures of the brother Fafnir, who kills his father and brother and runs off with the gold. The greedy Fafnir dwells with the gold so long that he is slowly transformed into a giant dragon, while Regin who survived forges a mighty sword to exact vengeance against his brother when he finds him. Eventually Regin meets Sigurd the Ever-Glorious and promises him the sword if he will slay Fafnir and return with his heart. He does, and does. Sigurd and Regin roast the heart and eat of it and Sigurd learns the speech of birds, one of which warns him not to trust his host. Sigurd kill Regin with the sword of truth and departs….

Over the years, Bor dies, Sigurd flees Asgard leaving the sword behind, and Loki comes and request that Odin place the sword in the box he had made, to allow its legend to grow….

In the present day, Sigurd scales a mountain to recover the sword from a remote cave and discovers that Loki has beaten him to it. He plans to steal it back….


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Lee Garbett
Lee Garbett
Nolan Woodard
Jenny Frison (Cover Penciler)
Jenny Frison (Cover Inker)
Jenny Frison (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)

Plus: Bor, Evil Loki, Fafnir, Sigurd the Everglorious, Vanir.