Loki is coming out in exactly a week, so it’s time to start stocking up on and reading Loki comics!
So, here are my top three comics to read before watching Loki!
But first, a small bit of housekeeping: I’ll be moving my blog upload schedule around a little bit. Wednesday’s will now be focused on Loki-related posts, as his show is released every Wednesday and Sunday’s will now be all about weekly new releases!
Apologies for the switch around – blame the God Of Mischief himself for this!
Now, onto my recommendations:
There are two sides to every story. You’ve heard Thor’s – now it’s time to hear Loki’s. Odin’s least favourite son rewrites Asgardian lore from his perspective in this groundbreaking collection, featuring the breathtaking painted artwork of Esad Ribic (Wolverine). In this story, Loki’s insatiable lust for power, his conflicted sentiments toward Sif, his antipathy toward Balder, and his deep-seated feelings of longing and resentment toward his older brother, Thor, and uncaring father, Odin, will take on new meaning. And if that’s not enough, just stare at the lush painted art by Ribic – you won’t be disappointed!
If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens when Loki wins against Thor, then look no further than this run! It’s not very well known, and has a few alternative names (‘Loki’ is the most common) so can be hard to get hold of. But, it’s definitely something to give a go if you can get your hands on a copy!
Kieron Gillen’s complete epic! The god of lies has been reborn, but will young Loki be Asgard’s saviour? For when Earth is gripped by Fear Itself, ancient prophecy says only Thor can stop the monstrous threat of the Serpent – but the plan is doomed to fail without help from Loki. Will the trickster find redemption – or damn himself for eternity? Either way, a Nightmare lies in wait hoping to rule the world – and Loki will have to risk everything on his craziest scheme of all! Plus: a forgotten hero returns, the New Mutants lend a hand, Captain Britain needs help with a godly war, and Hela sets her sights on the Holy Grail! But will all the nine worlds end in Surtur’s fire?
This one does come with the caveat that it ties into other, bigger events, such as Fear Itself, Everything Burns and Exile. Some even recommend reading it alongside Matt Fraction’s Thor run. But, a lot of people still thoroughly enjoyed it without having read any of these other runs (though I’d recommend Fear Itself, just in case!). It’s also one of Loki’s more famous runs, so you definitely should be giving this a go if you’re looking for solo(ish) Loki!
Loki is many things: god, trickster, brother, son, villain, even hero. Now he wants to add one more title to the list: President of the United States! That’s right, the God of Lies wants to be ruler of the free world! But is this just another scheme? One fact is certain: With Loki’s winning smile and silver tongue on the campaign trail, this election just got a lot more interesting! He’ll soon have the American people eating out of the palm of his hand, but can would-be President Laufeyson sway the media? And what will be his response when the heroes of Earth launch their attack ad? A crisis in Latveria offers Loki the chance to demonstrate his foreign policy…but surely he wouldn’t cause a national catastrophe just for a little good press? Would he?
I’m recommending Vote Loki as well, simply because this is actually going to be a part of the TV show! We see Loki dressed like his comic counterpart in this comic in the trailers, surrounded by people wearing ‘Vote Loki’ badges, so it’s pretty obvious that this is going to be adapted. It’s a pretty safe bet to read Vote Loki before the show airs!
And that’s my top three recommendations! I’ll have more over the next few weeks, but this should get you off to a good start! If you have anything specific you want me to cover during Loki’s tv show, please do let me know in the comments!