You can call him the God of Mischief, the God of Lies or simply the brother of the Mighty God of Thunder, but either way you get Loki.
Now with his own series, the character we saw in the Thor movies as well as playing the villain in the original Avengers film, is coming to life in new ways.
Loki has always been a wild card in that you never know if he’s playing the hero or the villain. Sometimes he can play both in just one scene, but we always know that Loki always looks out for Loki.
With his brother, Thor, on the throne as King of Asgard, Loki takes his own throne as King of Jotenmheim. As the book opens we see Loki not on the throne, but rather playing the high roller at an underground New York casino.
New York is a long way from the front giants of Jotunheim and the chips are falling Loki’s way, until ultimately, he becomes a winner in an environment where the owner of the illegal establishment prefers to win himself.
After getting the heck out of there ahead of the guards who were looking for him, Loki shapeshifts into the father that took him in, the former King of Asgard, Odin.
As the intro to the book states, “Two Kings. Two heroes. And one hell of a story to be told.”
Writer Daniel Kibblesmith delivers a great first chapter in this story of a king who wants to simply live life his way.
An owl delivers a message to an unknown bad guy possibly named Nightmare (you can tell he’s bad from the pile of skulls he’s sitting on) and immediately said bad guy spots Loki’s vacant throne and decides he wants it for himself. Even if Jotunheim is, “a defenseless chunk of cosmic real estate still reeling from a pan dimensional bloodbath.”
Thor, of course, comes to earth looking for his adopted brother and returns him to his throne only to end up having to fight a now arriving Nightmare.
A short battle ensues, Thor takes Loki to the Library of the Gods and hands him a few books to peruse and then we read the final words.
To be continued…
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