(BOOM! Studios, 2014)
Written by Eric M. Esquivel
Artwork by Jerry Gaylord
Color Artwork by Gabriel Cassata
Lettering by Ryan Ferrier
HELLO COMIC BOOK LOVERS! My name is Joshua Selser and I will be your tour guide through the madness which is “LOKI: Ragnorok and Roll”, a breath of fresh air in this medium of four color wonder we all embrace.
WARNING this review may contain plot spoilers.
First off I would like to say what a bold choice this is for a comic in today’s saturation of Marvel’s Thor property. Right from the beginning I felt that this is a very courageous decision and should be commended. When I saw this cover it took me back to late 70’s and 80’s metal bands like Manowar and Judas Priest. There’s an image of a monolithic beast standing behind a lanky long haired man with a battle axe for a guitar. There’s fire, green skulls and fun all over for everyone.
Sure enough the title page provides you with some recommended listening from Mastodon, Marilyn Manson, the Rolling Stones, and Dio, setting the mood perfectly for the mayhem yet to ensue.
The story begins in Asgard with Odin, King of the Norse gods, commissioning Loki on a diplomacy mission to JotunHeimr, home of the frost giants. He teams up with a very bull headed, larger than life Thor, who’s painted very differently than the hero you may be used to. Things go terribly wrong for the duo because of Thor and when they return home he throws Loki under the bus and Odin banishes him to earth where Loki finds a heavy metal club, fitting in and gaining new purpose through music in an Anne Rice, vampire Lestat type of plot device.
I really love the look and feel of this book. There is a scene after the siblings return to Asgard where there is an abundance of colorful deities, striking humor and a tone of overall enjoyment. Esquivel definitely pulls from a rich knowledge of the subject matter and is well versed in mythology old and new. The artist is no slouch either. Jerry Gaylord has a kinetic style which translates well on the page. The colors pop and the overall presentation is very well put together. If I could say anything negative it’s that this title may be dwarfed in comparison to the looming image of Loki from the Marvel Universe.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE MAGIC HAMMERS!
I highly recommend this book and look forward to seeing where the creative team takes this story. A MUST READ!
Joshua Selser is a musician and comic book enthusiast from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is married with one daughter and plays bass guitar at First United Methodist Church.