Loki’s Back In Thor #12?

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers for Thor #12 and Major Spoilers For War of the Realms #1 Ahead!]

Loki Laufeyson is dead…or is he? The God of Mischief was just consumed by his Frost Giant father in the opening to the War of the Realms. However, Loki has awoken in another time and place to find himself. This Loki is from the time of the Vikings and had just instigated a war between the trolls and dark elves in a plan against Thor. After this encounter, Loki of the present meets Kid Loki on Jotunheim. This conversation isn’t pleasant for our recently-deceased Loki either, and there is still one more version of Loki left to meet.

Thor #12 cover by Mike del Mundo
Thor #12 cover by Mike del Mundo

Thor #12 focuses on the aftermath to Loki’s apparent death in War of the Realms #1. In short, we’re not wasting any time to reveal that the God of Mischief probably isn’t dead for good. That’s fair–cheating death is kind of his forte–but it does take some of the impact out of the ending to that comic.

The comic dives into the ebb and flow of Loki’s morals. It shows him at his darkest and lightest, his villainy and his innocence. We see where he’s going and where he’s been and how the Loki of the present stacks up against those standards. He’s always been troubled and had difficulty fitting into the ranks of good or evil. He’s always been merely…Loki.

The ending is quite ghastly for a number of reasons, and it makes for one hell of a closing scene.

Thor #12 art by Mike del Mundo and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Thor #12 art by Mike del Mundo and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Mike del Mundo returns this issue and, despite my complaints about his art in the past, he really nails it in this book. His style is a bit more clean and coherent than usual, and the color work suits the strange and mystical nature of the narrative quite well. This book looks great.

Thor #12 is another dive into our beloved rogue god, Loki Laufeyson. His fate is never truly sealed, but we do see what his endpoint just might be. This book provides a solid portrait of a classic Marvel villain, and it earns a recommendation. Check it out.

Thor #12 comes to us from writer Jason Aaron, artist and cover artist Mike del Mundo, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, and variant cover artist Olivier Coipel with Matthew Wilson.

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