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Thor: The Trials of Loki Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 146477 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (November 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRP751A
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ridley S. on May 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The name Loki synonymous with treachery and deceit. But what makes a
man-even a god- turn to evil?

Loki never felt he fit in with the Asgardian Gods. Odin the all-father and king god of Asgard adopted Loki when he was a small child after a war with the Frost Giants. Loki felt Odin's love and he hated Thor, his step-brother. Thor had over-shadowed him, humiliated him and even stole his birthright, the sacred hammer Mjolnir.

After suffering great humiliation from performing a deed to help Lady Sif and the gods, Loki ran away from the Asgardians. He wanted to be a hero, to fit in with the Asgardian Gods. But destiny called him in a different direction. A prophecy with the Norn Witches told him,"The gods fall, you ascend". After tricking one of the gods to slay the god, Balder, Loki saw his prophetic dream of death and horror. He also saw his path that would lead him into battle with the Asgardian gods.

But can Loki overcome Thor, his hated step-brother? Can he even bring about Ragnarok, the legendary Twilight of the Gods? Will he become Loki the Trickster or Loki the Destroyer?

This is a very good Loki story, where the origins of who he is and the things he does are made clear, and rather than trying to revamp the character it magnificently gives him a backstory that makes his relationship with his step brother Thor, Odin and the rest of the Asgardean pantheon to be viewed under a completely new light.

If you're a fan of Thor/Marvel or just comics in general, I would recommend this to anyone. It's a well written story tracing back to the grudge between Thor and Loki and the artwork is supremely stunning and gorgeous. Don't miss Thor:Trials of Loki. You may want to pick up this Marvel hardcover. You won't regret it.

Contains issues Loki 2010 #1-4.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By geeky-comic-girl on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this book! I collected it as 4 parts in comic book form and when the hardcover came out, I had to have it in my collection. The book itself is gorgeous. The colors are wonderful. I LOVE the art and the storytelling. This book relies heavily on Norse mythology which is so wonderful. There are so many great lines in this book and I especially relate to Loki's point about being blamed for simply being what he is. We feel his pain and have sympathy for him. I have reread this novel many times. I just can't get tired of it. This is a great book for fans of the Thor universe, but also for anyone who LOVES Loki!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J'aime TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Tom Hiddleston, the actor who played Loki in the recent Marvel films, once said "every villain is a hero in his own mind" and this graphic novel explores that idea. In a way, it reminded me of Anne Rice's "Memnoch the Devil" as that was Lucifer's version of creation. So, while many of the tales within put Loki in a sympathetic light (most especially his statement to Frigga that he is "resigned to it [his fate]"), he's still the God of Mischief and Lies. And, even gods are not immune from lying to themselves.

This graphic novel is more like a retelling of major Norse myths, rather than a "comic" as the setting is not modern and Earth is only referenced rather than being a central location. Most of the book is taken up with the death of Balder, and Loki's machinations to bring it (and his supposed ascension) about. Loki is a liar, but even the original Norse myths do not paint Odin as a particularly good or loving father. Loki's isolation and loneliness are palpable throughout the book, and provide strong motivation for his anger. What I found interesting is that Thor is not portrayed as the good and long-suffering brother. He's arrogant, dismissive, and somewhat cruel toward Loki. Not at all like I am accustomed to him in other comics (who loves his brother no matter how far he falls). How much of this is in Loki's own mind is difficult to tell, but the final scene of the comic gives us Loki chained beneath the snake's venom. This event did occur in the original tales, though it was Odin, and not Thor, who tortured Loki in this manner. Since that event is not a product of Loki's lies, how much more might also be true?

Overall, this novel doesn't bring anything particularly new to the Thor mythos. What is does do is give Loki more depth, underscoring the fact that he is not simply a two-dimensional big bad, but a complex opponent worthy of a Mighty Hero. An excellent, albeit sad, tale for fans of the God of Mischief. Highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MeganMuffin on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received the book pretty quickly, in fantastic condition. I'm very happy with it. :) It has Loki feels all over the place!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GO on December 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating origin story centered on Loki. I have never read a comic book about Thor and the Norse gods so this was new to me. The artwork was eye-catching, particularly for Thor and Loki with their incredible outfits.

My oldest son played the villain Loki last school year on stage with incredible flair. It involved his devious plotting including the murder of Balder. It made me more inquisitive about Norse mythology.

Loki is known as the “Trickster” God, known for the mischief that surrounds him. I looked up the meaning of his name and one of the definitions was “God of destruction.” He is a shapeshifter which I found to be captivating. It made him even more unpredictable. He seems misunderstood, treated like an outcast, jealous, envious, and I couldn’t help but feel his loneliness and longing for acceptance. Thor, as his brother, was portrayed as arrogant and dismissive towards Loki. I didn’t see a reason to root for either of them really.

There was a surprising turn of events when Loki’s story entailed the forging of the hammer mjolnir. The task was given to dwarves by Loki and they presented it to Odin and it was then handed over to Thor who in turn became the God of Thunder. That only served to deepen the grudge between Loki and Thor.

This graphic novel did a tremendous job of conveying how conflicted Loki is and why he became that way. It emotes sympathy for him yet he does things that are morally wrong. Great story. I am an even bigger Norse mythology fan now.
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