ISSUE #7 • Three months have passed for the Young Avengers. What have they been up to? Fun stuff, I’ll bet. The sort of “stuff” that makes an excellent super hero comic. THIS IS TRUTH WITH A CAPITAL EVERYTHING. • A very important breakfast. A new Young Avenger. A selection of emotions. • Oh - I bet you thought we forgot about those Skrulls from issue 1. We haven’t.
ISSUE #8 • The Young Avengers desperately race across the multiverse. Nothing can stop their pursuit of their missing friend. Except the urge to stop and take photos, obv. • Lots of cleverly hidden exposition. • Kieron decides it’s time to make all the JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY readers scream.
Reason number two hundred forty six I couldn’t deal with this arc. Somewhere between “you can’t even be trusted to take care of a dog” and “I was only trying to help!” I broke a little on the inside and the hug just finished me off.
What does me in about Kid!Loki (along with all the other things that do shut up don’t look at me like that) is his genuine desire to be better. He doesn’t (very often, at least, I can’t recall specifically how much) make claim to being a hero, or wanting to be a hero, but when he says to Thor “you do that!” about saving humans and the “I was only trying to help”-
The thing about kid!Loki is that he really is a kid. He’s a child with the memory of years upon years of sophisticated, deliberate villainy. A child with a host of good intentions that all come crashing down on his head at once. Who tries to be a hero, not just like his brother but his way, only to find that the game’s been rigged.
and it’s just…the appalled, horrified desperation in Loki’s face here, cracking through this sort of tired, resigned, “failed again.”
Oh Heaven, I wake with good intentions. But the day it always lasts too long.
Loki is tricky.
To state the obvious.
Will you recognise me, in the flashing lights? I try to keep my heart clean, but I can’t get it right.
Young Avengers follows a thirty-odd issue series I wrote for Marvel called Journey Into Mystery, which starred a reincarnated Loki. It was pretty successful, and taught me much that I’m trying to bring to bear on Young Avengers.
Despite the fact Loki is in both books, I don’t consider Young Avengers its sequel. I consider it another work in the shared universe that both works are embedded in. Journey Into Mystery left no room for a sequel. Journey Into Mystery was conceived as a novel. Young Avengers is conceived as a series.
Our first “season” of Young Avengers comes to a conclusion that leaves it open for a second season.
There was never hope for a sequel to Journey Into Mystery.
I repeat: write your own happy ending.
Will you recognise me when I’m lying on my back? Something gone inside me and I can’t get it back.
The ending of Journey Into Mystery is an open secret. Those who want to know will know. But, as I said, it’s a new series not a sequel. There’s no way I’m going to front load an explanation of the complicated knot of everything-in-my-head that was JIM.
It’s written assuming the reader primarily knows what’s on the page.
A new reader will see Loki and see someone who looks a lot like the villain in the third-biggest movie of all time and is famed for manipulating, lying and generally being a charming shit. They will be suspicious about his motivations, and understand why the cast are suspicious.
A reader of Journey Into Mystery will know the truth. They will be suspicious about his motivations, and understand why the cast are suspicious. But even more so. Possibly to screaming THERE IS A SERIAL KILLER IN YOUR HOUSE at the book, or the local equivalent.
Both should be wondering what the hell Loki is really up to, which is exactly how I want it.
Will you recognise me when I’m stealing from the poor? You’re not going to like me. I’m nothing like before.
There’s various mysteries in Young Avengers, but Loki’s motivations and aims are one of the big ones. What does he want? What does he need? What’s the snake doing in the garden of Eden?
And the truth about what happened to Loki at the end of JIM will eventually explicitly work its way in, which will be a surprise to those who don’t like googling stuff and/or buying my older comics, and still a revelation to those who do. As always, there’s things people don’t know. In time, we’ll tell everyone about Loki’s guilty little secret and what it actually means for the Young Avengers. And Loki. And everyone.
In short: he’s on the team. But is he on the team’s side? We’ll see.
It will be a fun time. No-one will cry. No-one will be upset. No-one will die unmourned and unloved.
Why do people always presume I’m lying?
Will you recognise me when I lose another friend? Will you learn to leave me or give me one more try again?
Heaven by Emeli Sande was on JIM’s soundtrack and it’s the only one which moves onto Young Avengers. It believe it was added when I realised I’d be doing Young Avengers, and picking up there what I did with Loki and running with it to its next destination. It’s one of the tracks which came loaded with meaning and has only accumulated more as I’ve obsessed over it for hundreds of time. Of all the tracks on the playlist, it’s the one which sums up the heart of its character most precisely.
Oh Heaven, I wake with good intentions. But the day it always lasts too long. Then I’m gone.
Bleeding Cool picked this up from an interview with Joe Bennett where he talks about the work he’s been doing for Marvel post his DC-exclusive ending. It includes a panel of our story from A+X, which is Mister Sinister and Kid Loki.
And here it is.
The whole thing is agreeably gothic. He’s done great stuff.