Loki: Agent of Asgard #1

Loki: Agent of Asgard #1

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Lee Garbett Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 5, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 8
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Old God - New Trickster!
Kid Loki's all grown up - and the God of Mischief is stronger, smarter, sexier and just plain sneakier than ever before. As Asgardia's one-man secret service, he's ready to lie, cheat, steal, bluff and snog his way through the twistiest, turniest and most treacherous missions the All-Mother can throw at him... starting with a heart-stopping heist on Avengers Tower - and the death of Thor! And that's just the beginning! Would we lie to you? This is LOKI, true believer - we're lying to you RIGHT NOW!

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennet Feb 5, 2014

    Overall,this is a story of beginnings, andserves asa fantastic start to a book that I find myself looking forward to reading more of. Hopefully the book will bring on some new readers that are familiar with the character from hisother portrayals and won't sink back into obscurity any time soon Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Feb 5, 2014

    Al Ewing states in the letters column that “art supremo ‘Lovely’ Lee Garbett” is someone who “clearly ‘gets’ Loki” but, what he is too humble to say is that both he and his artist clearly understand everything about this cast and tell a wonderful story in these pages. Loki: Agent Of Asgard has everything that it could ever possibly need with these two awe-inspiring creators at the helm of the book. This is a masterful first issue that is a great way to start off All-New Marvel NOW. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 3, 2014

    LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD isn't without its faults. Sure, the story may feel a tad forced and just a way for the hyper-popular Loki to get his own book, but I found myself really loving what is going on, and I'm normally not a fan of anything Asgard. This was an incredibly fun read, and while it be pretty easy to toss this book a 4/5, I can't remember the last time a creative team made me enjoy a character I normally couldn't care less about. Ewing and Garbett deliver a very new reader friendly book with an ending that will have readers very excited. It's easy to get hooked on this book, if you're new. Overall, I'd recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Feb 7, 2014

    This was a fantastic start to a series that is smart, clever and funny all at the right moments. Fan or not of Loki, or of Todd Hiddleston this is an amazing read for anyone wanting something a little different from Marvel and Ewing, Garbett and Woodard deliver just that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - James 'Hopper' Powers Feb 9, 2014

    Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 is an amazing pick for you this week. The title of this first arc is "Trust Me" and it is fitting for this issue. Loki is a fantastic protagonist and deserves to have his own run. Is he simply an anti-hero right now on his quest for redemption? I believe so, and I cannot wait to see more of his journey to redeem his name and becoming a new favorite hero in the Marvel universe. Anti-heroes can be so much fun to read and Al Ewing is doing a great introductory job - which is arguably the most critical time to do it. The character interactions are cool and Lee Garbett makes every single panel worth pausing over. If you can only pick up one comic this week, be sure to make this one it!! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Feb 7, 2014

    You may think in reading this that this is scored way too high, Loki: Agent of Asgard is as good a debut as you can get out on the scene now. Al Ewing balances strong character work and building up a story that has the potential to be huge. Initially even I was wondering if this was worth rating so high, ultimately though it deserved the high rating it got. Smart writing and excellent art will get you everywhere with me, and many of you out there in the reading universe will dig it too I think. Join Loki: Agent of Asgard on the ground floor of his new adventure in the Marvel Universe. Be at the beginning because for this one you'll want to be an early adopter. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Feb 5, 2014

    Expectations for this book were very high, and I dont think fans will be disappointed. Loki: Agent of Asgard is pretty, funny, clever and exciting basically if there were ever a comic book that deserved a second date, this one is definitely it. Im already on pins and needles waiting for issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Fanboys Inc - Oz Feb 6, 2014

    I feel this book could be all ages, however the action that's revealed may be hard to explain to younger readers. Some readers may not want their children seeing the shower scene. (I believe it's harmless.) I am beyond excited to see how Agent Lokis' story unfolds, and am eagerly awaiting issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 5, 2014

    And it wouldn't be a Loki book without a little moral ambiguity. Unlike Black Widow, another book that focuses on dealing with one's shady past, Loki isn't after absolution. When he hacks into the Avengers' database, he wipes his slate clean. He doesn't want forgiveness. He wants to the Loki of the past to be forgotten. But, as we're shown on the issue's final page, the past is not so easily erased. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Feb 6, 2014

    With the best description of magic I've read in a while and a delightfully designed story, this first issue is much better thought out than most of its protagonist's schemes. "Loki: Agent of Asgard" #1 is everything I hoped it would be: joyful, sassy and just immensely well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Feb 10, 2014

    After issue one I'll definitely be adding Loki to my pull list as it was a stellar first issue that had action, intrigue and a good dose of humour with a couple of laugh out loud moments involving Hawkeye. Ewing is on top of his game with this book and doesn't seem to be tied too heavily to continuity that would be involved in Avengers titles. He makes Loki seem like he has become a likeable character and must have had a lot of fun writing the book as it shows Loki as his mischievous best and had be rooting for Loki to whoop the Avengers collective behinds. Garbett is also knocking it out of the park with this book and when he draws a truly evil losing older Loki. The bonding scenes between Thor and Loki are really heart warming. This was possibly the best launch from All New Marvel so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lance Paul Feb 11, 2014

    With Loki recently hitting upon a rainbow-tracked, hyper-speed train since Thor: The Dark World, some may first look upon this series as a bit of a force. But that's OK" because the God of Evil likes it that way. And much like his underdog "heroic villain," Ewing provides an exceptional experience for All-New readers while packing an ending and little hints of past comic glory that, hell, intense diehard fans of Walt Simonson's run can enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Devon Sanders Feb 8, 2014

    Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 is another true gem from Marvel. Loki finds a way to be everything you want out of the character while far exceeding those expectations. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Feb 7, 2014

    The inevitable escape leaves him returning to the All Mothers and giving them the plague that was within Thor. Once Loki leaves they open it and discover that the plague itself IS Loki. Not the carefree young spirit that he has become, but the malevolent God of old. Clearly he'll be looking for a comeback, but is there enough room for 2 Loki's in Midgard? Time will tell and while this is a plot I'm a bit iffy on (we've been teased with the elder Loki's potential return since Ikol first took to the skies), I'd love to see a showdown between the two but I'd hope for it to be a final one as I'm really loving the feel of the new Loki and am sick of the stale joke of a villain he has finally become. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Feb 4, 2014

    Al Ewing and Lee Garbett have managed to twist a character like Loki in a dynamically new and fascinating way. This debut calls everything we know about the character into question before ending with a bang that throws all this business into an investigation of the truth. Ive never had the pleasure of reading a debut issue that is bookended with such wonderful high notes. This is a heavenly new chapter in a storied characters history that is sure to surprise and sow doubt. Loki cannot be an easy character to master but Ewing and Garbett make it look effortless. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    We The Nerdy - Oscar Russell Mar 17, 2014

    The creative team, have now lined the way for future books in this series and put the crew on the path for where they will be going at least for the next few issues. It is also nice to see multiple story threads opening up so quickly in the book and not just concentrating on one line of narration, and again introducing new and reintroducing old charactersinto the equation. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 4, 2014

    Loki: Agent of Asgard promises to be a very fun book, one where we root for a classic villain determined to recast himself in a different life and shed the trappings of the big horns. You can bet this will also be a blueprint for a future Tom Hiddleston solo film franchise, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 7, 2014

    A very entertaining first outing that perhaps gets a little overexcited and rushes through its various components, though it's all well put together. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 9, 2014

    I'm not completely convinced that this series will work - its tough to make a go of a series that has a villain in the lead - but it's off to a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Feb 6, 2014

    All kidding aside, “Agent of Asgard” is a great reconciliation between the fanon Loki that's been circulating the internet and the repentant tragic hero we saw at the end of “Young Avengers”to create a unique version of the character that definitely has Ewing and Garbett's mark on it. Trust ‘Em. This books' gonna be great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Feb 12, 2014

    I had high expectations for this title, and the opening issue has surpassed them all. Equal parts funny, clever, witty, and thought provoking, I'm already clamoring for issue 2, and there's a whole month to wait for it yet. Ewing's script is word perfect, capturing the new and improved Loki's voice effortlessly, and Garbett's pencils are already making a statement for this book. Jump in here with both feet, everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gilad Levin Feb 9, 2014

    I was a bit disappointed with writer Al Ewing turning Loki into the protagonist, I'd rather have seen him as an antagonist, but the story does explain the change well enough and the last page is probably one of the best dramatic reveals I've seen. This was an interesting start for the new series that sets up the story for things to come. I'll be back next issue to see where the series takes us from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Feb 6, 2014

    Hopefully Loki: agent of asgard will get over this opening hump. The issue has a clear purpose guided by a pair of steady hands. It simply needs to divorce itself from what others expect from it, something fans of Loki should find familiar. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Feb 5, 2014

    Despite all my reservations about the changes of Loki, the comic is not bad. It's geared totally towards new readers and grabbing new readers is never a bad thing. There's some genuine humor and enough to get me to come back for another issue. What feels like fan service does feel a little like forced marketing but good writing can always turn a non believer into a believer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Feb 7, 2014

    Loki: Agent of Asgard is a neat premise, and should be a very good fit for the modern day Loki. And in Al Ewing, Marvel has found a writer who can give Loki a strong voice. But whoever's idea it was to make this first issue reference The Avengers movie as much as it does should be ashamed of themselves. Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 stumbles out of the opening gate because it just tries too hard to feature the movie Avengers rather than showing us what the new series and its star can really do. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 11, 2014

    The end of the issue though has me wondering what's to come. It signals enough for me to stick around. But for me, I want kid Loki, or adult Loki, in-between Loki just doesn't seem to know what he wants to be yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary Feb 11, 2014

    Ultimately,Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 has a ramshackle charm that fits the character well. Despite a few small reservations, this was a good direction to take the book, and if Ewing can stay focused, this could grow into another real winner for one of Marvel's most reliably interesting characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Ashley Victoria Robinson Feb 7, 2014

    Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 is so very, very much fun! However, I think it bears keeping in mind that this series is being marketed to teen and 20-something tumblr fangirls and will likely be enjoyed by them/us above all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 8, 2014

    Loki himself seems like he could be a worthy protagonist/anti-hero. But Ewing needs to give him some meatier material. As an 'Agent of Asgard', one would think Loki would have the entire Nine Realms as his playground. Ewing should read the League of Realms issues of Jason Aaron's Thor: God of Thunder for inspiration. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 5, 2014

    Any character with Loki's popularity is going to be given at least a few issues to prove themselves. Ewing's going to get enough rope to hang himself and provided he can do something new with the character, this book could stick around. Lee Garbett is a fine fit for the God of Mischief but he'll also need to step up his game to keep this one from getting stale. For now, Loki: Agent of Asgard is solid offering by creators who have a game plan. It just seems like their game plan isn't all that inspired. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 10, 2014

    Suffering from underutilized characters and a sometimes contrived plot line, the issue none the less remained an enjoyable between the great dialogue and stunning visuals. Loki: Agent of Asgard has so much potential, it'll be exciting to see where Ewing takes the God of Mischief. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Feb 6, 2014

    Writer Al Ewing does a decent enough job with the character, but Loki lacks that fundamental je ne said quoi that makes him so charismatic and likable - he is very nearly eclipsed by his supporting cast. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Nick Rowe Feb 5, 2014

    This acceptance is absolutely a good thing, its a step in a direction of addressing a massive disparaging imbalance within comic readership, and is proving that separation of readers need not exist. But Agent of Asgard approaches the situation in the form of a tightrope act: it walks a line between adding its own voice to the fandom, and appropriating existing voices within the fandom. Issue one is a fantastic start, showing a lot of promise for a bright future, it really comes down to a matter of treading carefully. All in all, Loki: Agent of Asgard is a book to keep your eye on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Feb 3, 2014

    Loki: Agent of Asgard is a no-brainer for Marvel right now. People want Loki, so who could begrudge them for giving it to them? Still, this issue feels like working backwards; less like someone said, "Wouldn't it be great if this happened to Loki?" and more like someone posited, "We need a Loki book. What can we put together?" While that's not an invalid approach, it does result in something that feels like a product more than a story. There are chestnuts of vision in Al Ewing's script, but Loki: Agent of Asgard has a long way to go before it's required reading, even for fans of the character. Read Full Review

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