VOTE LOKI Make America Asgardian
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?