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Vote Loki #1: Review

Jun 2016
Christopher Hastings, Langdon Foss

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Vote Loki (Part One)

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Vote Loki #1 Review by (June 7, 2021)
Review: Back in 2016, this was a clever idea: inserting a popular comics character into a real life Presidential campaign. So we got this highly amusing political satire showing how even the greatest of admitted liars (in the Marvel Universe at least) can run for President without changing his habits and even spinning his darker aspects into qualifications. Nisa Contreras is a sharp and very likable protagonist and I would like to see her return. And the art has the comic edge complementing the amusing writing. The problem is…looking back from 2021, this series made me a bit…uncomfortable. The satire is hitting a little too close to reality. Specifically, the portrayal of Loki’s more fervent fans resembling the masses of fanatical Donald Trump supporters. There is a point when satire becomes too accurate to be funny anymore, especially surrounding Trump’s “Big Lie” about a stolen election. Well, at least Loki’s supporters didn’t storm the Capitol looking to murder Congresspeople, because there are some things that even the most cynical satirists can’t foresee.

Comments: Story takes place while Jane Foster was Thor. Page one has a cameo by the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Yellowjacket, Black Widow.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Vote Loki #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Nisa Contreras grew up in a New York neighborhood that was destroyed in an action by the Avengers against Loki and rebuilding ran longer than expected. As an adult, Nisa, now a reporter for the Daily Bugle, discovered that Governor Hitt had diverted the rebuilding funds to his own campaign. Now, as one of the Bugle’s star reporters, Nisa is covering the 2016 Presidential debates where she chats with a fellow named Lucas who has some sharply cynical comments on the campaigning process. Then, several present reveal themselves to be Hydra Agents, out to wreak havoc—then Lucas reveals himself to be Loki and he conjures up magic serpents to subdue the bad guys. As he leaves, a reporter asks Loki if he is running for President; he denounces the candidates as liars and then promises that if he were President, he’d lie right to their faces and they’d love it. The event turns into a lot of media attention and popularity for Loki. J. Jonah Jameson interviews Loki on his TV show and, while equivocating on whether he’s running, he casually explains that the current version of him as the God of Stories was born in the United States, making him eligible to run. Nisa Contreras calls in to question whether this is yet another scheme by a supervillain. Loki appears in her apartment, scaring her, and explains that he is no longer a villain and is considering running for President. He invites her to visit his campaign office….

Nisa arrives the next day and meets Angela of Heven, Loki’s sister and security chief. Loki greets her as a woman and explains some of his/her policies. Nisa writes a largely negative article, questioning Loki’s sincerity and motives. The next morning, she discovers that the headline of her negative assessment has been changed to sound positive and the media is presenting it as Nisa endorsing Loki, who formally announces his candidacy. While Nisa is raging about the deception, Thor (Jane Foster) knocks at her door, demanding to know what Nisa is doing….   

Langdon Foss
Langdon Foss
Chris Chuckry
Tradd Moore (Cover Penciler)
Tradd Moore (Cover Inker)
Matthew Wilson (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Travis Lanham.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson

(JJ Jameson)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Jane Foster)

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