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Review – Loki #3 (Marvel Comics)

Loki #3 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Ozgur Yildirim
Loki #3
Overall
7.9/10
7.9/10
  • Writing - 7.75/10
    7.8/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.9/10
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Summary

Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: September 11th, 2019

Loki, previously known as the God of Mischief. Now the god of nothing. What will he do, when he’s been given everything he could ever desire? Find out in Loki #3.

 

The Tables Have Turned in Loki #3

Following the War of the Realms, Loki has finally been handed everything he’s ever wanted. But…it isn’t enough. It was never going to be enough. And now Loki is forced to face those facts in Loki #3. But how exactly will our chaotic character handle it?

This issue is satisfying on so many levels. Fans of Loki (or Thor, for that matter) will appreciate seeing Loki’s tale in this storyline. Many fans have wondered what Loki would actually do if he were handed power and fame. And now, finally, we know.

Loki #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Ozgur Yildirim
Loki #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Ozgur Yildirim

This series has been the perfect follow-up to what happened to Loki during the War of the Realms. In fact, in many ways, this issue is all about Loki getting over what was done in that major event. So once again, if you haven’t read it, you’re going to find some spoilers for it in this tale.

Writing

Daniel Kibblesmith has continued writing for our ex-God of Mischief in Loki #3. And you can tell that he’s enjoying flipping the tables on Loki for a change. It does seem somewhat karmic, doesn’t it? Regardless, for once, Loki is not the one offering a bargain. You’d think that would make him more cautious. But boredom does strange things to gods.

The issue starts out on a lighter tone, in some ways, and even manages to poke fun at some other beloved Marvel characters. But things quickly take a turn—with the conclusion of the issue being a dramatic one.

The plot bounces back and forth between several different events and characters. This may seem odd, at first. But it was an excellent case of foreshadowing. Characters that may not have seemed relevant quickly become examples, as the tale unfolds. But it does leave us wondering how Loki will resolve things, this time around.

Art

Loki #3 boasted some brilliant artwork, especially when it comes to portraying two characters in particular. Oscar Bazaldua (artist) and David Curiel (colorist) had a lot to work with in this issue. Here they were able to show us fantastic settings, new entities, and even have some fun with proportions and the like.

It all made for a visually striking issue, though there were a few pages in particular that stood out. Loki’s expressions were another point worth mentioning, as were the several ways in which he was portrayed in this issue.

VC’s Clayton Cowles stepped up for the lettering in this issue, and he struck a balance between a more formal Asgardian look and a more modern look (likely influenced by Loki’s new clothing). Give how much text was in this issue, I’m happy for the attention to detail given here.

Conclusion

Loki #3 was an interesting read, bouncing from humorous to gloomy and back again. It didn’t give the readers much of a chance to breathe between one moment and the next, but that was fitting, given what they were trying to show us.

The conclusion alone is surely enough of a reason to get fans coming back for later issues. It’ll be interesting to see how Loki handles this situation, or his end of the bargain, for that matter.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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