Journey Into Mystery #642
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.”
And that hug.
nope can’t do it still can’t