Warning: Spoilers for A.X.E: Iron Fist #1 ahead!In the midst of Judgment Day in the Marvel Universe, Loki already knows he is unworthy of the Celestial’s judgment; but the God of Stories and Lies always has an ace up his sleeve, and for his test, that ace is Thor’s legendary hammer, Mjolnir. In his first team-up with the new Iron Fist, Loki demonstrates his mastery of bending the rules of magic to his advantage as the two struggle to prove themselves before the Progenitor. Although Mjolnir is frequently used to taunt Loki and prey upon his sense of inadequacy, the Asgardian shows that he has long grown past that point and is able to use Mjolnir to his advantage – one way or another.
Marvel’s Judgment Day event catches both Loki and the new Iron Fist Lin Lie at precarious moments. Iron Fist (formerly Sword Master) has been warring with his brother Lin Feng over their family’s ancestral sword as well as the chi of Shou-Lao the Undying. Although Iron Fist is successful in proving his rightful claim over each mystical weapon, Feng reveals the entire conflict to have been a feint in order to allow him access to the hidden city of K’un-Lun. Once Feng successfully infiltrates the city and locks its guardians out, Loki appears before him, revealing himself to be Feng’s accomplice in exchange for an unknown price.
A.X.E: Iron Fist #1, by Alyssa Wong, Michael Yg, Marika Cresta, and Chris Sotomayor wastes little time in getting to the action: after leaving Feng, Loki appears before Iron Fist claiming to want to observe how the Progenitor will judge him, only to be caught up in the Celestial’s test himself. Caught beneath a barrage of raining Mjolnirs, Loki is resigned to his fate before Iron Fist abruptly saves him – only for the Progenitor to throw Lin Lie into a fight with Shou-Lao. When all seems lost, Loki casually opens a portal back to his own test – opening the way for the rain of Mjolnirs to pass through and pummel Shou-Lao.
Loki Drops The Hammer on Shou-Lao
This is an ingenious move, and perfectly fitting for a character of Loki’s cunning. As he tells the Celestial, “You don’t have to be able to lift Mjolnir to use it.” Indeed, Loki, knowing Mjolnir’s reputation as an unstoppable force, simply opens a hole and allows gravity to do the rest. This casual mastery of Mjolnir is a far cry from earlier days, where Loki would have given anything to be worthy of the hammer.
Loki’s growth shows in his Celestial test: the reborn God of Stories flatly declares that he no longer cares about being worthy and proves this by outthinking the hammer rather than attempting to meet it in a clash of wills and strength. This strength of his conviction in himself allows him to pass the Progenitor’s judgment with ease. Loki has become a truly unpredictable agent of chaos within the Marvel Universe, and if he wants Mjolnir‘s power, he’ll use it – worthy or not.
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A.X.E: Iron Fist #1 is now available from Marvel Comics.