- Loki: Agent of Asgard # 7
i love doom and val so much
Ok so AoA 7 goes into Magneto 11 which goes into Axis 2
Verity and Valeria were left back at Latveria I’m guessing
I want to know all about their adventures together
Loki: Agent of Asgard #7
Loki’s attitude here speaks to me
A few panels from issue 7 of Loki: Agent of Asgard, by Al Ewing and Jorge Coelho.
This right here is why I love what Al Ewing is doing with Loki in Agent of Asgard, and why I love Verity Willis as Loki’s BFF.
Loki’s main issue since he died in Thor and came back in Journey Into Mystery has been his past self (sometimes quite literally). But it also comes out in the way people treat him. “Loki = bad” becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. What motivation does Loki have to change if everyone treats him like it’s just a matter of time before he does something horrible again? He can never be a better person than his past self because people keep him - again, sometimes quite literally - circumscribed by his past misdeeds.
The great thing about Verity is that she believes Loki can change. She doesn’t believe that his future bad-self is inevitable. And she realizes that Loki can’t change if people use his past to box him into his identity as a bad guy. Verity doesn’t feel right lying to herself, or at least she says as much to Loki during the speed dating. So for now I’m taking this as the truth of how she feels about Loki. Furthermore, I think that her attempt to comfort Loki when he is afraid of the truth-rays from Gram suggests that she believes Loki’s truth is nothing to be afraid of. That his deepest, most terrible dark secrets don’t have to define him.
Also, Verity is a great BFF for Loki because he has to work for it. He can’t lie to her, or at least he has to try really hard to lie to her. So he couldn’t fall into old habits even if he wanted to. He has to make a conscious and concerted effort to do those things. Therefore, with Verity he really has the opportunity to be judged on his present self. I feel like, for one such as Loki, this is a powerful thing, more powerful than just Verity’s ability to always know the truth. If Loki’s friendship with Verity is built on his actions day-by-day, rather than predicted by his past, he has a compelling incentive to change and to never become a bad guy, because every one of his actions actually matter in the construction of his identity, not just the ones that fit into the nail holes of the big box marked “Loki.”
verity willis is sooo important oh my god
- I really like Verity, she gets shit done
- I mean, for a random civilian who just got pulled into a super villains lair alongside her evil god bff, she’s surprisingly good at this superheroing stuff
- She looks strangely ominous in the second to last picture though. I like it.
- That was a weirdly profound message to come out of a book about a super villain with a bacon fetish.
That’s you shipping them, not me.
From Loki: Agent of Asgard #7. Written by Al Ewing, penciled and inked by Jorge Coelho, colored by Lee Loughridge, lettered by Clayton Cowles.
Verity Willis and Valeria Richards, Loki: Agent of Asgard #7