so I was talking with siege-loki-problems last night and today about my issues with Loki: Agent of Asgard, and my biggest problem is teen Loki, young Loki, nerdki, whatever you want to call him, the Loki who is young and presumably the title character, reads as very generic to…
Same…however, I keep hoping that the plot is leading toward young Loki doing something that is actually Loki-ish in character. Since I’ve recently undergone a brain transplant and become an optimist, I like to think that all of the reminders that young Loki is a) still Loki and b) still a fucking asshole (albeit not the asshole we love), are there to lead into young Loki doing something really heinous, or more in the vein of other Lokis. Or just becoming more Loki-like in general.
Of course, they could also be there to serve as a reminder of what younger whatever the fuck he is Loki is distancing himself from, but what fun is that? But yes, as it is, Younger Loki doesn’t read as Loki at all.
After Verity’s Bella Swan introduction, I am finding it hard to be an optimist in regards to wherever it’s going with young Loki.
Even removing him not acting like Loki, I feel like the whole crux of his character motivation is supposed to be the struggle between his Loki nature and changing it into something different while retaining his sense of self, and I feel like we’re not seeing that struggle at all, or if we are, it’s been interpreted as “Loki acts like an annoying human hipster = he’s totally changing”
It makes this struggle to change basically a superficial makeover and not a meaningful exploration of the themes at the very core of Loki, about predestination and can we truly change who we are in the face of fate and the overwhelming weight of our existence.
Issue 1 brought up a really interesting plot idea, of erasing his past deeds to change the way people perceive him now, but it’s not been touched upon much since then in a way that grabs my interest and involves young Loki. All of the lifting for that has been done by Old Loki, which just feeds into making me emotionally invested in him even more.
Basically, I really love like the Old Loki parts of the story a whole hell of a lot and am either ambivalent or actively dislike the young Loki parts. I’ve got really mixed emotions about this book.