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Review – Loki #4 (Marvel Comics)

Loki #4 (Marvel Comics) main cover art (detail) by Ozgur Yildirim
Loki #4
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  • Writing - 9/10
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  • Art - 8/10
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Summary

Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
Inks: Oscar Bazaldua & Victor Olazaba
Colorists: David Curiel & Carlos Lopez
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: October 9th, 2019

What happens when the god of mischief and the god of nightmares decide to duke it out? Find out in Loki #4.

 

Loki #4: What’s in a Nightmare

It’s not every day you get to see a character like Loki be forced to face the best and worst about themselves. Yet that is exactly what happens in Loki #4. It would seem that even the god of mischief can be introspective, when the time calls for it.

Thanks to War of the Realms, Loki has been facing quite a lot of changes. He was finally given everything he could have ever wanted. But for somebody like Loki, is that a good thing? This series has answered that question, all while sending Loki off on a new mission. But this issue raises a new question: how would a showdown between Loki and Nightmare go down? Go ahead and theorize now—because you know it’s going to be a good fight. Or a good battle of the wills, depending on how they choose to handle things.

Writing

Loki #4 (Marvel Comics) main cover art by Ozgur Yildirim
Loki #4 (Marvel Comics) main cover art by Ozgur Yildirim

Daniel Kibblesmith has been working hard on pushing Loki’s character and plot forward as much as possible. In many ways, this series is intended to mirror all of the changes that Thor has been facing. But it’s also the tale of Loki. And any fan knows that Loki is his own worst enemy—in a quite literal sense, sometimes.

Loki #4 was written in such a way as to remind us how Loki deals with dangerous situations. Especially when properly motivated. It’s so easy to just look at Loki and see nothing more than a trickster, when even he craves a change—from time to time.

This issue brought all of those secondary elements bubbling to the surface, thanks to Nightmare. It was fascinating to get inside Loki’s head. And honestly? The plotting and fighting were shockingly satisfying. Kibblesmith did an excellent job bringing elements full circle.

Finally, this issue started setting up for something major. The ending wasn’t quite a cliffhanger…but it did very much remind me of the way Jason Aaron tends to write—with a quick hop to the future to give hints for what is to come.

Art

When it comes to the artwork from Loki #4, there’s a lot to write home about. The artists perfectly captured all of the emotions and events within this issue. And trust me, there’s a lot happening within these pages.

There were some truly iconic moments in this issue. The fight scenes included were…interesting. And they fit in very well with Loki and the way he handles issues. But what was perhaps most striking from these moments were the “doorway” and how she was portrayed. There was something so fragile and human about her. It was the perfect juxtaposition to Loki and Nightmare in so many ways. It was a perfect touch to an already visually-appealing issue.

Oscar Bazaldua was the line artist for this issue, but he also provided some of the inking, alongside Victor Olazaba. David Curiel and Carlos Lopez provided the colors, and Clayton Cowles did the lettering.

Conclusion

Loki #4 is worth reading—especially for any fans of Loki out there. It’s been fascinating watching him pick up the pieces of his life. But this issue pushed that plot further than I expected, and is clearly setting up for something much bigger looming on the horizon. And personally? I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next.


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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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