Saturday Issue Review: Vote Loki by Christopher Hastings


The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

vote-lokiSource: Purchased in Single Issues
Publisher: Marvel
Series: Vote Loki #1-4
 Single Issue, 120 Pages
 Superhero Graphic Novel
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

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?

Vote Loki sort of fits the circus of an election year we’ve had, and added a bit of needed humor to the process.

Loki  is on earth and causing trouble in the most unexpected way. He finds himself running for president, seemingly on a whim, and hi-jinks ensue (of course). The story itself was really odd and while enjoyable, it wasn’t exactly a ‘must read’…it’s a lot weaker than most Loki story-lines and it’s basically an election year filler comic. In a previous story-line Loki willingly took on the mantel of God of Stories, and compared with that awesome series this one really fell short in a lot of way. In fact there isn’t a ton to talk about in terms of the story-line. Loki does some stuff, runs for president, has some pretty witty responses to some very typical election objections (birth certificates, etc.), and turns the entire election process into something of a zoo. That’s it. It’s interesting, but if you’re not a comic book collector for Loki or the Asgardians I would really recommend only borrowing this from the library or a friend that is.

As for the art…I hated it. It does have a political cartoon type style too it which was…a nice touch in terms of being an election parody, but I hated the lack of detail. It makes pretty much everyone look hideous.

Overall it’s a interesting little commentary on the year’s election process, with the humor needed to to make it through the whole thing…but other than that it’s a mostly unnecessary comic.

3 star


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