VOTE LOKI Make Amer­ica As­gar­dian

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Marvel Comics

Writer Christo­pher Hast­ings Artists lang­don Foss, Paul McCaf­frey

Aptly timed for the run-up to the US election, this minis­eries sees Marvel’s res­i­dent God of Mis­chief run­ning for Pres­i­dent, putting his name for­ward af­ter con­ve­niently sav­ing his main ri­vals from a Hy­dra am­bush.

His can­di­dacy pro­vides plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for scathing po­lit­i­cal satire. Un­for­tu­nately Gwen­pool scribe Christo­pher Hast­ings’s slug­gishly paced script rarely rises above the pedes­trian, and is not helped by Lang­don Foss and Paul McCaf­frey’s in­con­sis­tent art.

With Loki adopt­ing the slo­gan, “I’m go­ing to lie right to your face and you’re go­ing to love it”, Hast­ings em­pha­sises his Arch-Trick­ster sta­tus, and clev­erly gets around the nat­u­ral-born-cit­i­zen clause by hav­ing his cur­rent in­car­na­tion hail from Mary­land. In a wry nod to Hil­lary Clin­ton, Loki also briefly cam­paigns as a woman. How­ever, Hast­ings doesn’t make the most of the char­ac­ter’s gen­der flu­id­ity, nor fully de­velop the re­la­tion­ship that Loki es­tab­lishes with Daily Bu­gle jour­nal­ist Nisa Con­tr­eras, who sus­pects that he’s or­ches­trat­ing events from be­hind the scenes; three is­sues into this four-parter, any con­spir­acy has yet to take shape. Sadly this is not a win­ner at the bal­lot box. Stephen Jewell

Back in 2000, Lex Luthor was elected Pres­i­dent in Su­per­man (as well as in an­i­mated se­ries Jus­tice League).

Ask your­self: worse than Trump?

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