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COMIC LEGEND: Kieron Gillen took the job of writing Loki’s series in Journey Into Mystery thinking Loki was still an adult.
Kieron Gillen’s run on Journey Into Mystery was excellent.
The series centered on Loki, who was reduced in age after the effects of the Marvel crossover, the Siege.
Gillen did such a wonderful job on “Kid Loki” that it astonished me to learn that Gillen took the assignment thinking he was going to be writing ADULT Loki.
He explained the situation to Colin Smith in an excellent interview:
In terms of specifics, I was asked after I left my fill-in time on Thor whether I had any interest in doing a secondary Thor-universe book. I’d learned a lot in that particularly crazy 13 issues, and wanted to actually put it in practise, with time to set it up a little more. I’ve previously said Siege: Loki is where JIM clicked into being, and that’s true. An often political book about characters lying to each other. When I conceived it, I presumed we’d have an adult Loki for the run – so clearly, it was going to have a different shape. I had the image of Loki as Elric, basically. You can see a little hint of that in that page in Siege: Loki where he throws off his cloak to reveal the armour, the sword and the whip.
But that all changed with Kid Loki, obviously.
In short: I decided that this would be the book I could risk writing without much worrying about how out-of-step it is with mainstream comics, entrusting that if I wanted to read this kind of stuff, other people would too. I’m not such an unique snowflake, y’know? And a pop-Vertigo book in the Marvel Universe was compelling. Also, fantasy. Not much fantasy in the MU. It was the first book I wrote after I finally came to terms with primarily being a fantasy writer, which is a realisation I’d been dodging for about a decade.
To be honest, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t write it hoping it’d get the sort of response it did. It was me seeing an opportunity to write the sort of book I wanted to do, grabbing it by the throat and bloodily wolfing it down.
Here are the aforementioned scenes from the Siege: Loki one-shot Gillen wrote (with art by Jamie McKelvie).
And then also…
(Here is an old comic based on Michael Moorcock’s Elric, just for the heck of it…
I am sure that Gillen’s adult Loki series would have been awesome, as well, but it is hard to imagine not getting to read his “Kid Loki” series.
Thanks to Gillen and Smith for the interesting info!
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