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Review Brew: Loki #4

I friggin knew it!

Writer: Daniel Kibblesmith
Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
Inks: Oscar Bazaldua & Victor Olazaba
Colors: David Curiel & Carlos Lopez
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Covers: Ozgur Yildirim
Editors: Sarah Brunstad & Wil Moss
Publisher: Marvel Comics

In an issue filled with twists and turns the biggest is the one I suspected a few issues back as we find out that the future All-Father we’ve been seeing is not at all who we thought it was.

…let me back-up.

We begin with Nightmare being the obsessive, handsy creeper that he always is, kidnapping Loki off the street for some happy fun murder time! It seems to be going his way until it absolutely doesn’t. What Nightmare, and many others, haven’t figured out is that Loki knows himself. Good, bad and ugly. More importantly he’s accepted all those facets of himself – which seems to be a running theme in the books I’ve been reviewing lately – and so it’s pretty hard to trap someone in a nightmare when they’ve not only faced their fears but know, intimately, what their triggers are. Couple that with some delightful planning on Loki’s part that goes all the way back to issue #2 and some utter chaos caused by Nightmare’s own ability to be The Worst we get a totally Loki, totally awesome, beatdown handed to Nightmare that had me, and others, cheering.

On the art front, this issue, overall had some really fantastic work, showing Loki as a child, the Nightmare realm and the future of Midgard. However, there’s a continuity snarl, at least in my copy, that is actually really important and it threw me out of the story for a brief moment. Thankfully Kibblesmith’s writing drew me right back in.

Which is good because in the future things have gone off the rails and the All-Father is on the run from someone he loves dearly who has lost their hot damned mind. How did we get here? Who the hell knows but I’m here for the ride.

Four Jarnbjorns out of Five

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