If you watched most of the earlier MCU films, you already know that Loki is an incredibly complex character who, at times, has been one of the most dangerous villains in the Marvel Universe. That's not always the case though, as Loki has been a hero, anti-hero, villain, and everything else in-between. Calling Loki a complex character is putting it lightly, and his comic book counterpart is even more intricate and complicated than Tom Hiddleston's version on the big screen. Loki is also getting his own TV show in 2021 as part of Marvel's Phase 4.
Loki has been around the comics since the early 1960s, which is to say, he's been featured in a ton of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books, but it can be hard to determine which is the best Loki story ever told. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing down the hundreds of Loki stories to the top 20.
Check out the list below, and see if any of your favorite of Loki's greatest adventures are featured. If you see something you like, vote it up to see which one rises to the top!
Story Found In: Loki: Agent of Asgard #1-5
Loki isn't the sort of fellow you come to trust. He is, after all, the God of Mischief and Trickery, but after years of being the bad guy, he wants to shift course and do some good. To make this happen, he needs to make all of his past misdeeds be lost to history, but that's going to require some serious work, which leads him to become something of an Asgardian secret agent.
The story is told in a way that blends the genres of action, mythological fantasy, and espionage into a fun and fanciful strange tale. The character development of Loki is perfectly told, and this is definitely not a story you want to pass by if you're looking to learn more about him as a Marvel character.Is this a great story arc?
Thor & Loki: Blood BrothersPhoto: Marvel Comcis
Story Found In: Loki (2004) #1-4
"Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers" is a four-issue miniseries from the mind of Robert Rodi with art by Esad Ribic. The story tells what happens when Loki finally gets what he always wanted after defeating his rivals: the Throne of Asgard. What happens when someone like Loki finally gets what he always wanted? He learns that it's not all it's cracked up to be.
The story explores the God of Mischief's motivations and the ways in which he's twisted them to become the bitter and deceitful god he is today. There is also a great deal of interaction with his brother, which goes a long way in explaining Loki's conflicting characteristics. It's a wonderful story, and a great read if Loki is someone you want to know more about.Is this a great story arc?
Story Found In: Journey Into Mystery #622-630
Fear is looming over Asgard, and the only person who could stop it is Loki! Asgard and Odin's army are on the cusp of battling against the Serpent, but Thor is imprisoned by the All-Father, and the only one who could do anything about it is the newly-reincarnated God of Mischief.
With some help from his new advisor Ikol, a bloodthirsty Hel Wolf, and Try, the undead God of Battles, he heads into the underworld. It's up to Loki to undermine the God of Fear's plan for domination, but even he may be unable to match wits and trick the dangerous foe...Is this a great story arc?
Story Found In: Vote Loki #1-4
One of Loki's longest-running plans has been to take over Earth/Midgard to upset his brother. He's tried just about every villainous scheme in the book, but nothing has worked thus far. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? That's what Loki tries as he launches his own bid to become the President of Earth!
He does this on the back of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, because if a reality TV star could become President, why can't the God of Mischief and Trickery? His campaign launches as he tells the people what they want to hear without going into the boring details of any of his policy initiatives in this odd story that explores the media, the electoral system, and the absurdity of it all.Is this a great story arc?