I have been waiting for this title for a few months now, ever since BOOM first announced it in Previews, and I am here to tell you, the wait was all worth it. Loki: Ragnarok & Roll is flat-out AWESOME. It’s fun, hilarious, and promises an insane amount of action and chaos.
First off, if you’re looking for sweeping, epic storytelling on the Marvel scale, this isn’t the book for you. If you’re in the mood to kick back and laugh, hang with some gods and enjoy quite possibly the best party scene since Luke and Obi-Wan walked into the cantina, then pick up this book.
Loki and Thor are still half-brothers. Odin is still Daddy Dearest, and while Thor is the favored son, Odin knows that Thor’s the oaf with the hammer. Thor and Loki head to Jotunheimr on a diplomatic mission for Odin, but Thor loses his temper, and guess who he blames back at home? That’s right – and while Odin knows the truth, he also knows that Thor’s just too loose a canon, so Loki takes the literal fall: to Earth, or, as Thor refers to it, “the rotting world”.
Loki arrives in Hollywood to discover things are very, VERY different from his last visit to Midgard. It’s gotten a lot wilder, and a lot more to his tastes. He breaks up a bar fight without anyone resorting to violence, and he’s now the go-to guy. Everyone wants to know him and hang out with him. Exile’s looking pretty sweet for the Trickster. Wonder what could possibly screw it up?
I LOVED this book. I snickered, I chuckled, I squealed with delight. Eric Esquivel wrote this issue with tongue firmly in cheek; the humor is there, but it never bashes you over the head, Mjolnir-like. He takes what most of us “know” about the House of Odin and goes from there, but doesn’t go for the sweeping drama we’re familiar with; rather, he plays with the characters themselves, who they are at their core, and works with that sibling rivalry, that father-son conflict, in a humorous way. He also has a talent for sticking a Norse god into the middle of the Hollywood club scene and making it work – because really, if anyone is going to enjoy the Midgard/Earth of 2014, it’s going to be Loki, right?
I really enjoyed Jerry Gaylord’s art, too. He plays with the size difference between the two brothers, distending Thor to insane proportions while still keeping Loki lithe and wiry. The art is fun, bright, and kept me interested. It works well with the story.
If this isn’t already on your pull list, consider adding it. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. Loki: Ragnarok & Roll is a fun, new take on characters we are already familiar with – but they still manage to be brand new. I give this one 5/5 hammers.
LOKI: RAGNAROK & ROLL
Writer: Eric M. Esquivel
Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artist: Alexis Zirritt
On-Sale: February 19, 2014
Diamond ID: DEC130966