The premiere of the long-awaited Loki series is almost here, just eight more days.
While we wait for the God of Mischief’s the much deserved standalone project’s premiere, we thought this would be a great time to showcase some comics that may come into play in the series so you can join in on that wild theorizing, as well as just some great Loki content.
Loki: Agent of Asgard
Loki: Agent of Asgard should be top spot on your pre-Loki read list. It’s widely theorized that a lot of the Disney+ series will draw from this 17-issue solo Loki run. While it certainly has a deeper backstory in series we’ll touch on later, you’ll be able to follow along with the snippets of backstory provided.
The old Loki is destroyed and in his place is a new, younger version ready to right his wrongs and wipe his old crimes out of existence, which he does by helping the All-Mother of Asgard with assigned tasks — each task performed is a crime erased. Sound familiar?
Already that plot line is seemingly lining up with Loki’s quest to “right his wrongs” with the TVA, the endgame of his assistance is still to be seen.
The comic series also arms Loki with a sword, Gram, the Sword of Truth, made magical by dragon blood from the great Asgardian warrior, Sigurd. Snippets from trailers have shown Loki with what appears to be a blade larger than his signature knives we’ve seen in the MCU thus far, so the possibility of that blade being Gram is there. It could also turn out to be Læveteinn, Loki’s ancestral sword, which gets a mention in this series as well in issue #3.
On top of all of that, Agent of Asgard introduces the character of Verity Willis, the human who can see through any lie, and Loki’s only friend, who would be an incredible addition to the MCU. Loki also gets a little moniker change, going from the adding the God of Stories to his growing collection, another integral aspect of his redemption.
Title changes also seem to be a running theme for the Disney+ series thus far with Wanda Maximoff becoming the Scarlet Witch and Vision returning as White Vision in WandaVision, along with Bucky Barnes dropping the Winter Soldier in favor of his Wakandan given White Wolf, and of course, Sam Wilson’s full transformation into Captain America from the Falcon in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
This one is a necessary read for Loki fans, and it’s just all around a great series. Don’t forget to take the detour to the short five issue series Original Sin: Thor and Loki – The Tenth Realm between issues #5 and #6.
A short little four issue miniseries, Vote Loki follows Loki as he runs for … you guessed it, President of the United States. It’s extremely befitting of its time of publication, October 2016, and another small step on the path of redemption for Marvel’s God of Lies.
Loki is going to pull from this series, as we’ve already seen Loki donning his suit, helmet, and Loki For President button, so add this four issue run to your pre-watch read list.
Loki: Volume 3 – The God Who Fell to Earth
The series that was cut far too short. Cancelled after only five issues, Loki: The God Who Fell to Earth was a masterpiece that never got to happen. Loki is King of Jotunheim, a reluctant king at that, and spends his time parading around Earth.
The potential in this series was incredible, and I’m still very bitter it got cut short, and there is one event from this short series that could filter its way into the Disney+ series, Then and Now.
Then and Now are the Children of Eternity, and Loki strikes a deal with them to give his now boring life a little spice by adding pages to the books of his life to add with more stories. It was a fascinating little addition, and it can certainly fit within the bizarre time structure of the TVA and Loki’s place in it. One big villain is also featured, Nightmare, which many may remember from theories pertaining to WandaVision.
Another particularly enjoyable aspect of this series is the uncanny resemblance the characters play to their MCU counterparts. Try reading it and not hearing Tony Stark’s lines in Robert Downey Jr.’s voice … you can’t.
It also has Loki create a giant snowman, Frösti, to rule over Jotunheim in his absence and he deserves a cameo. Just saying…
Doctor Strange #381-385/Loki: Sorcerer Supreme
It’s just like it sounds, Loki is the Sorcerer Supreme. This five issue event features our favorite magical trio — Loki, the Scarlet Witch, and Doctor Strange — as Loki rules over the magical realm. Doctor Strange has become a veterinarian, who can speak to his patient via a translation spell, and Loki has somehow convinced the Mighty Thor (who is now Jane Foster) to let him remain on Earth in his role. This again follows a path of Loki’s redemption, which I believe will all be important to the series.
Loki is also set to lead in to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as WandaVision had. Will it contain the events of this comic run? Probably not. But it’s still a fun read with the three (four with Wong) sorcerers of the MCU, a rather epic team up of Strange and Loki, and an appearance by Sentry!
Young Avengers: Volume 2
The Young Avengers are coming, whether everyone wants to admit it or not. Most of the team is already introduced in the MCU, we’re only waiting on the catalyst that brings them together. So, you’re only getting a head start reading it now.
Young Avengers: Volume 2 is the prelude to Agent of Asgard, highlighting Loki’s time as his second incarnation, Kid Loki. (To read more about how Kid Loki came to be, that’s in the Thor, The Mighty Thor and Thor: Journey Into Mystery series, which I won’t detail here.)
With the Young Avengers gearing up to join the MCU in coming projects there is always that possibility (see: fear) that our Tom Hiddleston-led Loki will be reincarnated into his Kid Loki form and begin his journey anew, as we can clearly see he’s done multiple times. But then we’ll get Kid Loki with Billy and Tommy Maximoff (presumably in the MCU, Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd in comic world), Kate Bishop, Elijah Bradley, Cassie Lang, America Chavez (debuting in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), and hopefully Teddy a.k.a. Hulkling and Iron Lad who both have yet to be introduced. So it’s not all bad.
Since this is Volume 2, however, you’ll need to catch up with all our other young heroes in Volume 1 (and don’t skip Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, even if you have to go back to it).
Still want more Loki? I don’t blame you. Here’s a few more to read up on to satisfy that mischievous little urge.
Loki: Volume 1
Loki has finally defeated Thor and imprisoned his father, Odin, making him the All-Father at last. But can he handle his newfound power?
Thor certainly drew from this four issue volume, and it’s a great dive into the psyche of Loki and his tumultuous relationship with his brother and Asgard.
Loki: Volume 2 – The Trials of Loki
Another four issue miniseries looking at more of Loki’s treachery against his adopted family and Asgard, and how he alone brought about Ragnarok. This one is really quite magical and a beautiful read full of legend and fantasy.
Loki convinces Norman Osborn (Green Goblin), the current leader of law enforcement agency H.A.M.M.E.R. (a replacement agency for S.H.I.E.L.D.), to destroy Asgard (currently in Oklahoma) and strikes a deal with two devils.
Loki’s trickery is at an all time high here, and it’s a delightful read as he tricks Mephisto, Hela, and everyone in-between. This leads into the series mentioned above for Kid Loki, as well.
Don’t worry, you won’t need to rifle through comic bins to catch up with all these old issues either (although that is always a good time). All you need is a Marvel Unlimited subscription and boom, 28,000+ Marvel comics are right there at your fingertips.
Loki premieres on Wednesday, June 9 exclusively on Disney+ at 12 a.m. PST. Stay tuned for our coverage throughout the series including deep dives into each episode and recaps!