LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD is very different, to say the least, and that's meant in the best way possible. What this issue really does well is firmly establish the fact this series just isn't about the young Loki on Midgard. It's also just as much about the older Loki, who is also, in a sense, an Agent of Asgard. That's a really cool way to split this series up.
Old Loki is a bit of trickster. The character goes back to his trickster roots here, which is a far cry from what we've seen with younger Loki. He's all about playing other people to ultimately claim his prize. This story really emphasizes that.
Writer Al Ewing is crafting something pretty dang fun. He's taking each issue and establishing smaller elements of this larger story. With this issue, it comes off more as a fairy tale or piece of lore, which just happens to feature Loki and Odin. Everything here is building to something bigger as well.
Lee Garbett (art) and Nolan Woodard (colors) craft a visually appealing book. Garbett is phenomenal at setting up a scene and showing time and movement in his panels. The few splash pages we see here are incredibly epic as well.
A lot of my problems with this issue were personal problems with just not being too interested in Asgardian lore. This issue heavily revolves around Loki in Asgard and people from his past. I don't have a great knowledge of this character's past, like many people who picked this up just because they love Loki, so I was very lost in the story. There's quite a few characters that some readers will be unfamiliar with, but they're written in a way where you may feel a bit dumb for not being in the loop.
What's really going on here? According to the opening, there are gaps in Loki's story and because of this, it can be completely rewritten? It may be because of my lack of knowledge of everything Asgard, but this idea of rewriting history just because you can is not only foreign to me, but very hard to accept.
Tone-wise, it's another issue that changes everything up. The last issue was comedy-heavy, but this one goes back to being a more serious story with a comedic edge. There's way too much bouncing around with this and it's hard for the reader to find a good grove within the story.
Printing problems? There were actually a few times I noticed word bubbles getting cut off at the end of the page, and it wasn't just my copy of the comic.
LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #3 isn't a bad issue by any means, but it's a bit of a lull in the series. Those who picked up this issue, who aren't well-versed in everything Asgard may feel a bit lost in the shuffle, and Loki's history being rewritten is a bit tough to swallow. However, the overall series shows a ton of promise, so while this issue wasn't one of my favorite reads because I'm one of those people that isn't a huge Asgardian fan, this is still an incredibly intriguing book and one to keep on your pull list.