Sunday, November 14, 2021

REVIEW: Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth (graphic novel) written by Daniel Kibblesmith, art by Oscar Bazaldua, Andy MacDonald, and others

Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth includes issues 1-5 of Loki (2019) and issue 1 of War of the Realms: Omega (2019). I checked this volume out from the library.


At some point prior to the start of this volume, Loki was eaten by his father, King Laufey, and helped save Midgard by bursting from his father's stomach and becoming the new king of the Frost Giants.

There are lots of things going on in this short volume. The responsibilities of a king don't rest well on Loki's shoulders, so he avoids the job as much as possible. Still, someone's got to do it, and that someone is Frösti the snowman. Meanwhile, some being that I think might be called Nightmare is on the loose, Loki's trying to convince Tony Stark to let him be an Avenger, and Loki makes a deal that messes with his perception of time.

This had great energy and decent artwork, but it lacked focus and was exhausting to read. Although I used to read Marvel and DC comics a lot when I was a teen, that was a long time ago and I've mostly been reading Japanese manga since then. I had forgotten how much stuff you needed to know in order to properly orient yourself in most superhero comics, even something that's supposedly issue #1. My knowledge of Marvel's Loki is limited to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even that's shaky - I've missed a bunch of the movies. The little "story thus far" bit at the beginning gave me something to work with, but it wasn't quite enough, and it didn't help that the volume's timeline was purposely jumbled.

This series has apparently been canceled, so I suppose it's a good thing it didn't work for me. 


An afterword by the writer and several pages of cover illustrations.

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