Comic Books

#BookReview – “Vote Loki” by Christopher Hastings (writer), Langdon Foss (artist)

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Blurb

Loki is many things: god, trickster, brother, son, villain, even hero. Now he wants to add one more title to the list: President of the United States! That’s right, the God of Lies wants to be ruler of the free world! But is this just another scheme? One fact is certain: With Loki’s winning smile and silver tongue on the campaign trail, this election just got a lot more interesting! He’ll soon have the American people eating out of the palm of his hand, but can would-be President Laufeyson sway the media? And what will be his response when the heroes of Earth launch their attack ad? A crisis in Latveria offers Loki the chance to demonstrate his foreign policy…but surely he wouldn’t cause a national catastrophe just for a little good press? Would he?

COLLECTING: VOTE LOKI 1-4; MATERIAL FROM JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 85, AVENGERS (1963) 300

Review

I did a Google search to find the best of Loki stories, and this book popped up in quite a few searches. My hubby is a big comic book fan, so through him and the Marvel movies, I know more about super heroes and their villains than I ever thought I would. Turns out, I’m a big Loki fan. Who knew?!
I was hesitant to read this because it’s political satire, and I normally stay away from true-to-life events because I read to escape the crap that is our world. However, this book was funny and clever enough to hold my interest. Yes, there were a few things that didn’t quite make sense (Nina, the reporter, going to Latveria), but I could overlook that. Loki kept lying to the public, and they believed him and loved him for it. His parallels to Trump was so obvious and made me laugh every time.
I understand Marvel Comics is going through this new thing where they’re turning villains into heroes and giving them new backstories and retconning decades of great storytelling. I don’t like it (don’t get my husband started on it), but I can ignore it for the sake of the story. With this reimagining, Loki is apparently a clone of the original Loki and was recently born in the USA, he has a new sister, and Thor is a woman (Jane, I’m assuming). I was confused by this since I haven’t read years’ worth of earlier issues that showed all that. Despite my confusion, it didn’t distract from the main plot of THIS story.
Overall, Vote Loki is a fun satire if you need a quick Loki fix.
4 Stars

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