Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett
This issue comes as a bit bitter sweet. We see Loki having to take out Thor during the Axis event but we get a prelude to that as he and enchantress bring justice to their friends Sigurd & Loreli. Sigurd & Loreli are really just trying to mind their own damn bank robbing business but this inversion of justice enveloping Enchantress forces her into taking them over to Asgard for judgement via Odin. Odin ain’t fucking around either his judgement harsh as a muh fucka. Loki questions doing the right thing even more so now since this certainly doesn’t “feel” right. However, Loki has more to worry about as he now has to take on Thor which is like trying to stop a bro at that college party that SWEARS he he drives better after 6 car bombs and 23 keg dismounts. Ever the trickster Loki has Thor chase him to the moon where we see him put his change to the test as being able to life Thor’s hammer is his final gambit.
The dopest part about what Ewing does with Loki this issue is his pacifism. Loki doesn’t want to engage Thor because deep down inside he actually DOES want to fight Thor because he knows this time he would win. This time Loki is in the right and Thor is in the wrong and only in this event can Loki come out the good guy. This is always the tell of their encounters but inverted much like their characters due to the Axis event. You really gotta feel for Loki on this man (I’m a younger brother so I can relate). When you come to grips with how Loki had a very magnificent defining moment it becomes all the more heart breaking as no one will believe it occurred as this god of lies and mischief is the only one that knows it happened.