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He is Ever Loki

May 6, 2010

     As the chief architect behind the events of Siege, it’s only natural that Loki gets his own little spotlight.  In Siege: Loki #1, we continue off of the end of Loki’s last conversation with Dr. Doom.  Seems he’s really tired at still having to be Loki and everyone still having to be just as they were before the cycle of Ragnarok ended.  So he wants to destroy Asgard.  Then, we see Loki pretending to be the Green Goblin to mess Norman Osborn up.  After that, he returns to Latveria and feeds the ghosts of his henchmen who killed Bill Jr. to the Disir, the Valkyries of Bor curse to covet Asgardian flesh for partaking of up back during Bor’s reign.  And see, since normally, all Asgardians are alive or in Hel, Valhalla, or Niffelheim, they never get to eat.  After beating the crap out of the Disir in a fight,  he makes them his slaves.  Then, he brings the remains of his former henchmen to Hela to show her that the Disir are real and a threat.  He convinces Mephisto to lend Hela a part of his domain to keep the Asgardian dead there to keep them from the Disir, which Mephisto is happy to do because he is a “fellow player.”  The deal is signed in the clouds above Asgard as it topples during Siege, and we find out what Loki gets in return.  When he dies, he will not go to Hela’s domain, but will be completely free.  Loki has achieved complete freedom, and who knows how he’ll take advantage of it.

     Honestly, I don’t think Marvel could have picked a better person to continue on Thor after J. Michael Straczynski than Kieron Gillen.  I said before that I thought that Straczynski’s Thor was like a great Shakespearean villain, and that the whole thing had the quality of a Shakespearean play.  While Gillen hasn’t quite captured the latter as well, he’s certainly captured Loki perfectly.  It makes sense that a lover of mischief and mayhem would desire freedom so much, and his scheme is absolutely diabolical.  He’s secured his own everlasting freedom, and that sets up so much for the character and Thor in general.  I also like the inclusion of Mephisto.  I read a lot of the old Silver Surfer comics, in which Mephisto was basically his archnemsis, so I’m definitely a fan of the character.  And his interaction with Loki was just priceless.  There was a little bit of repetitive dialogue, in which the modifier “fellow” was used on two different words.  But hey, the fact that something like that is my only complaint is pretty good.  The art, by Jamie McKelvie, is absolutely great.  His faces, especially Loki’s (naturally), are really nuanced in their display of emotion.  I’m not sure how much I liked the way he did the fight scene between Loki and the Disir, since we didn’t really get to see much.  What we did get to see looked great, but the panels were a tad too small for my taste.  I’m also really not sure what Hela was wearing during the meeting in the clouds.  It looked  really strange to me, even for her.  So, I’m not sure how much of this was Straczynski’s idea, Brian Michael Bendis’ idea, or Gillen’s idea.  But Gillen is writing it superbly, and I’ll be sad to see his run end after so short a time.  He’s really got these gods down.

Plot: 9.2      Art: 9.0      Dialogue: 9.2      Overall: 9.2

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