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In which Loki is a man-whore and Odin is not amused.

After the Avengers movie, Loki has been flavour of the month and when I noticed that Marvel’s version of him was attracting a…certain type of attention, I couldn’t help thinking the real Loki would use this to his advantage. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as smitten with Mr Hiddleston as the next girl, but, uh, well the real Loki is no Hiddleston. He’s a manipulative, scarred, multiple seducer who fathers monsters. Be careful what you wish for, girls.

And, no, I'm not saying Loki is more of a slut than other gods. Most gods sleep around, it's one of the perks of the job. I mean, not many people will say no if you're a god, and if they do you can turn them into a shrub (never quite understood why the Greek pantheon are so keen on turning people into plants but there we go). But Loki's sex life is a little more...adventurous than most. He's described in some of the Edda as "perverted" and seems to really enjoy being pregnant which is and...unusual use of the ability to shapeshift, I must say.

And then Odin shows up to sort things out. I’m not happy with how my version of Odin turned out; it’s really difficult to depict him in his wanderer guise without making him look like a scary wizard (incidentally, Tolkein described his character Gandalf as an “Odinic wanderer”… a man with a staff and a big hat, dressed in grey, who does magic, turns up at battles and is a little ambiguous, wow Tolkein, you don’t say!) I did have a lot of fun scripting this bit, though. My original script went on for much longer but I cut it down because it was getting silly. These two are just a lot of fun, alright? A lot of this (actually, a lot of Loki’s bits in the whole of this comic) was inspired by my favourite Norse poem, the Lokasenna or “Loki’s quarrel”. If you’ve not read it, here’s the gist: Loki gets snubbed at a party and proceeds to insult everyone present, including Odin, until Thor arrives and threatens to kill him, when he promptly scarpers, only to be caught and punished. If that sounds a bit silly, it’s worth remembering that in Dark Age Norway, there were insults that were actually banned on pain of death. Plus, it’s one of the oldest examples of “flyting”, a type of Northern European poetry common right up until the early modern period (ie, Shakespeare did it) in which two or more characters exchange insults in the form of metered verse. In other words, it’s a Ye Olde rap battle. And that’s why I love it: it’s a religious text that’s a smutty, bitchy freestyle battle between gods (PS, dear internet, can someone please do a modern-language freestyle battle version of the Lokasenna. Please?). It’s also a fascinating insight into what was considered normal and acceptable in Norse society, including some really intriguing nuggets regarding gender, and a lot of interesting characterisation. There’s some really bitter exchanges between Loki and Odin, too.

The dynamic between these two is pretty interesting. They have a lot in common, so much so that some scholars believe they were originally the same deity (or that Loki is Odin’s hypostasis: that they’re two sides of the same coin, in other words). They clearly have a lot of respect for each other: Loki provides Odin with his magical spear Gungir (through typically dodgy means) and even gives him his own child, the eight legged horse Sleipnir (and by “child”, I mean Loki gave birth to him), and in return Odin makes Loki a member of his clan. That said, Odin’s a very clever guy so he doesn’t take any of Loki’s nonsense, and Loki, being an equally clever guy, knows when to stop pushing his luck. Well, most of the time.

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