In many ways, the ideas of Robert Rodi and Esad Ribić Loki The series was the quintessential god of mischief story, perfectly encapsulating what makes him such a compelling character. Since its initial release in 2004, the four-issue miniseries has been collected under the title of Thor and Loki: Blood Brothersand it’s certainly worth reading, as it provided Loki with an impressive amount of nuance.
Rodi and Ribić’s masterful story began with one of the best openings in any comic, immediately establishing Asgard’s surprising new status quo. The so-called Mighty Thor has been stripped of all power from him, shackled and kneeling in front of his brother, Loki. At last, the thunder god’s archenemy had achieved his greatest victory, becoming the ruler of Asgard. This first dramatic scene brilliantly set the stage for a terrific character study that would show Loki in a whole new light.
Loki cannot escape his dark fate.
Casting Loki in his dream role as king of Asgard, Rodi and Ribić created a scenario that really tested their central character. In theory, Loki should have been at peace, finally possessing all the power he had ever wanted, however his reign soon left him feeling restless and unsatisfied. Haunted by his painful past, Loki lashed out at everyone he encountered. He was painfully lacking in any real following, and his Asgardian subjects still viewed him as the god of mischief. Ribić’s atmospheric artwork excellently captured the pain of Loki’s existence, portrayed as the product of a flawed Asgardian society.
As a result, it seemed that Loki could never be truly content, facing obstacles at every turn. The creative team pitted the Norse god right in the middle of a Shakespearean tragedy. There was a tinge of nihilism to the dialogue in this story, with the idea repeatedly raised that Loki was doomed in all universes, that his defeat at the hands of Thor was inevitable. So this was essentially a very personal story about a man desperately trying to have some semblance of control over his life. Whatever power Loki had as ruler of Asgard was merely illusory, ultimately imprisoned by the forces of fate.
Loki received some phenomenal character development
The series notably employed a very character-focused structure, with the narrative revolving entirely around Loki’s encounters with Asgard’s biggest players. While Sif and Balder the Brave painted Loki as a trickster, Laufey’s son made persuasive arguments as to why he had been severely mistreated by his social circle. As such, this was a story that continually played with the truth, showing that there are multiple dimensions to Loki’s character.
Having a story from Loki’s point of view revealed an incredibly likeable side to him, continually misunderstood by his fellow Asgardians, who couldn’t see him for who he really was. For this reason, Rodi and Ribic Loki The title did wonders for its titular character, giving it so many layers. The God of Mischief is undoubtedly one of Marvel’s most complex characters, and this comic is a powerful demonstration of why that is.