Loki: Agent of Asgard: Trust Me (Volume One) – Al Ewing & Lee Garbett (Marvel / Panini)
Having spent the majority of his life in the shadow of this “brother” Thor, Loki finally gets the chance to be his own man; but which Loki serves at the bequest of the All Mother? The Loki of old, the trickster, the schemer and Lord of Mischief, or Kid Loki, the younger self who was, and is, solely responsible for the crime that will not be forgiven? Or a curious combination of the two, each fulfilling their duties to Asgardia, no matter how distasteful and seemingly wrong, while all the time working to their own agenda, the one that best serves Loki and only Loki. And while it may not be immediately apparent, one thing is certain, finding out who is really pulling the strings and in control is going to be, and is, one heck of a lot of fun.
In ‘Trust Me’, Al Ewing plays a glorious game of prestidigitation, as Loki weaves his plan; plotting and scheming in secret and out in the open alike, obeying the rules while bending them to his own desires and dreams. It’s a tale that appears to travel in one direction, as Loki storms Avengers Tower in order to ultimately help Thor, tracks Asgardians who have hailed to return and betrays the oldest of the Heroes who’s stories have become legend in the halls of Asgard, which thanks to some incredibly snappy dialogue, characterisation and intelligent story telling (courtesy, this time, of Mr Ewing and not Loki, although that’s not to say that the latter didn’t, and hasn’t, woven a spell or two on the former) and stunning visuals (Mr Garbett, take a well-deserved and earned bow) hits it’s mark from the get go before being flipped on its head and racing off on an entirely different path. Just when you think you know what’s happening, everything changes, and you realise that Loki’s been playing his games on the reader as well as his chosen “victims”. There are however, a couple of factors that even Loki couldn’t have considered, as he plays his final hand, he finds himself outmatched and outplayed by a surprising, and more, than worthy opponent(s).
‘Agent of Asgard’’s tightly scripted story, as well as being a Super-Anti-Hero adventure, also feels like an ode to the classic heist movies whose spirit was most recently embodied in the Ocean’s trilogy. You know you’re being fooled, and suspect that you’re being conned and made to believe one thing when another is true. But you don’t mind, you don’t mind at all. Because Loki imbues everything with a certain style, and a cool confidence that sweeps you along and makes you believe that anything and everything is possible. Which it is, as Al Ewing questions ideas of forgiveness and change and whether either is actually possible, or if, despite the endless lip service that we devote to the belief in both, they’re hollow, empty concepts that have no place in the world. Remember folks, nothing is what it seems to be and everything, in the end, is just an illusion. Welcome to Loki’s world… Tim Mass Movement