- Posted by Johanna on February 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm
- Category: Comic News
Loki has been a breakout character from Marvel’s Avengers movie (thanks to Tom Hiddleston’s dynamic performance), so it’s no surprise that Marvel launched a comic focused on him earlier this month, Loki: Agent of Asgard. (And note the title evokes Marvel’s other ongoing media property, the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
However, because they’re based in Norse mythology, Loki, his brother Thor, and their dad Odin (among other characters) are free for anyone to use. You can’t copy Marvel’s specific character design or anything they’ve added to the character, but the core elements are available… and Loki has a lot of recent audience awareness.
Which may be why Boom! Studios just launched their own Loki comic, Loki: Ragnarok And Roll, billed as “a heavy metal twist on Norse mythology” by Eric Esquivel and Jerry Gaylord.
This isn’t the first time such a thing has happened in comics; there are multiple Hercules versions, for example. (And I welcome more examples in the comments.) I can imagine, though, that some people at Marvel/Disney — a company known for taking public domain works and trying to make them their own — don’t like the idea that another publisher is cashing in on “their” character. Yet why not? If there are different stories to tell and different approaches to take (clearly the case here), let’s have more versions!