New Comic Book Day Roundup: March 5, 2014

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 and from Vertigo: Fairest #24 and Trillium #7. Man am I having some serious flashbacks to February 5th.

Marvel Comics

Loki Agent of Asgard #2Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 by Al Ewing, illustrated by Lee Garbett, cover by Jenny Frison
Genre: Fiction, action, adventure, humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Loki is back again in his brand new series in which he desires to stay as the good Loki version of himself he became when he was reborn in Young Avengers. In order to achieve his goals of being a more loving trickster god, Loki is working for the triumvirate the All-Mother, and in return for following orders his past misdeeds are wiped from Asgardian history. In this issue, he’s been tasked with locating an old fling of his and Thor’s named Lorelei, because the All-Mother wants all Asgardians on Midgard to be returned. This is made even more difficult because Lorelei is currently in the midst of committing a huge heist Oceans 11 and 12 style and there are all these rules of illusions that I couldn’t be bothered to follow.

As with the premiere issue and the Kieron Gillen created Loki from YA, the humor and sass are still 100% there. For instance, in this entire issue Loki is regaling a girl who cannot lie with the story of his hunt for Lorelei while on a speed date! That’s right, Loki is speed dating. He also spends part of the issue preparing for an apartment warming party of adorable because at his first apartment he mistakenly convinced his neighbors he was Harry Styles. Oh humans, so gullible. The humor thankfully runs from the very first page all the way to the letters page which has been hilariously titled: “Here’s Loki-ing At You.” More terrible puns forever please!


Fairest 24Fairest #24 by Marc Andreyko, illustrated by Shawn McManus, cover by Adam Hughes
Genre: Fiction, fractured fairy-tale, fantasy, drama
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

In this newest issue of Fairest entitled “Of Men and Mice,” Marc Andreyko gives us the continuing saga of that one mouse that Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother turned into a man who someone stayed a man who had sex with so many women that he made lots of human, mice and human mice babies. Subtitle: Mice Mice, Mice Babies. Second Subtitle: The Rules of Magic are Confusing and Make No Sense. THE END! It’s truly a heartwarming tale about a mouse turned man named Marcel whose powers over mice make so much sense. One that ties into the murder attempts that are going on back in New York and may be related to the familiar face that is chasing after good old Cinderella.

Speaking of New York, the story also checks in with that Fairy Godmother, who after previous events is in intensive care in the hospital in Fabletown. Despite being fictional and immortal beings, doctors are not optimistic about her recovery and seem to think that if she does wake up it will be with the personality of an orange. Seriously writers? This was the perfect place to make a pumpkin joke. Anyway, the Three Blind Mice are on guard when they humorously decide to leave a commercial for Rodgers and Hammerstein “Cinderella” on the television to stimulate brain function. Here’s hoping it didn’t advertise the Carly Rae Jepsen version.

Trillium 7Trillium #7 by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Jeff Lemire, cover by Jeff Lemire
: Fiction, science fiction, romance, apocalyptic
: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Nika and William continue to be literally star-crossed lovers in the penultimate issue of Trillium, even more so having recently swapped lives. Huzzah for a new take on the body swap trope! William is now living in 3769 on the brink of apocalypse from a sentient disease known as the Caul and Nika is in an alternate historical version of 1921 France and they are both desperately trying to get to one another. Jeff Lemire promised that it would be the last love story ever told and it sure is shaping up to be. I mean, did you see that cover? I’m already crying in anticipation.

Overall, I’m super curious to see where Lemire takes this comic to its final conclusion next month. Although I’m secretly hoping that its in a way that makes it easier to figure out how I’m supposed to read this thing because sometimes the way its structured seems a little gimmicky. Although it probably has some purpose that I have yet to figure out because I’m too annoying that I have to turn my laptop upside down. The one panel in which Nika travels through time and space is interesting, but the rest of the time the issue read like stereo instructions. Stereo instructions! It’s okay though Mr. Lemire, I forgive you. Because I know in issue #8 you’re going to break my heart like you always do.


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