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->"''You are not as wicked as they think.''"
->"''I'd have to try terribly hard to be '''that''' terrible.''"
-->-- Conversation between kid Loki and Thor.

Originally an AnthologyComic by Atlas Comics which later became Creator/MarvelComics, it is known for debuting ComicBook/TheMightyThor, in issue #83 (August, 1962), by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. The series would regularly feature Thor there until issue #125 (February, 1966). With issue #126 (March, 1966), the comic was renamed ''The Mighty Thor''.

It has been revived as a separate title a few times since then from 1972 to 1975 as an AnthologyComic, and again in the 1990s replacing Thor's book with issue #503, following the Heroes Reborn relaunch of key Marvel properties from 1996 to 1998. Finally the most recent revival of the series was during the ComicBook/FearItself event and relaunch of Thor's book as ComicBook/TheMightyThor in 2010 starting with issue 622.

From issues 622-645, the main character changed from Thor to his newly-reincarnated brother, ComicBook/{{Loki}}. Issue 646 starts a new arc focusing on Lady Sif. It lasted to Issue 655.

!!Tropes featured in this work:

!!!Creator/KieronGillen's Run (Issues 622-645):
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* ABoyAndHisX: Loki and Thori, a boy and his (Half Hell Hound) dog!
** Or, a boy and his magpie-shaped evil former self
* AdmiringTheAbomination: When Loki releases [[spoiler: Surtur]], he makes sure to take a photo of him with his Starkphone
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Leah makes no secret of her attraction to Daimon. Her reasoning is that ''everyone'' likes a bad boy.
** It includes Hel-Puppies too!
--> '''Kid Loki''': I'm a bad boy!
--> '''Leah''': Not ''actual'' boys.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Surprisingly, Loki actually plays this trope straight for Leah. [[spoiler: Well, for Herald!Leah, at least]]
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent
* BelligerentSexualTension: Loki and Leah have a bit of this dynamic
* BigBad: First arc of Kid Loki's run starts with [[Comicbook/FearItself Serpent]] as BiggerBad and sets up Surtur and Mephisto for rest of the story. [[spoiler: Turns out they all were pawns of Old Loki]].
* BookEnds: Kid Loki's arc of the series begins and ends with a confrontation between old Loki and young Loki in the space hidden in the dot of the question mark.
** Also, the covers of Journey Into Mystery 623 and Journey Into Mystery 645 (the second and last issues of the run) are inversions of one another.
** Journey Into Mystery 622 starts with the line, "In the end, many of the answers ended up being 'Loki'." Journey Into Mystery 645 starts with the same phrase, only [[TheEndOfTheBeginning "the end" is replaced with "the beginning".]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At one point, Loki grabs the narration boxes and tears them up [[spoiler: but this is actually a subversion, as later it's revealed that the narrator of the story is an actual character in-story]].
** Loki also directly addresses the audience a few times in the last chapter.
* BreakTheCutie: UpToEleven.
* BrickJoke: Early in the run, there is a bit of narration that refers to Leah as Hela's left hand, in contrast to Tyr being Hela's right. [[spoiler: Turns out that she is ''literally'' Hela's hand, although the artists never seem to agree on whether it's her left or her right]]
** In ''Journey Into Mystery'' 625, Loki is dealing with the aftermath of bringing some dire news to Hela. When he recives worse news, he reports to her handmaiden Leah, who tells him he "already brought" dire news, so he corrects himself with "Dire-er news!" Almost at the end of the issue, he runs up to Hela and Mephisto, who are having Parley, and loudly declares "DIRE-EST NEWS!" and Hela looks exasperated.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In the recap of issue #632, Ikol and Loki are the ones in charge of giving a summary of past events in the series:
-->'''Ikol:''' What about Odin's brother, the Serpent, attempting to rule the world through fear itself? And Odin almost killing everyone to stop him?
-->'''Kid Loki:''' Fixed it. A Tuesday afternoon trifle.
* CentralTheme: Change is good. The new is good. [[spoiler: But this is a single run in a single series that is part of a huge mainstream comic continuity, so it's never going to last.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The Fear Crown
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: the Leah that Loki wrote into the Serpent's ''story'' in issue 629]]
** Also, [[spoiler: remember the Teller from the 626.1 issue that didn't seem to have anything to do with anything? Yeah, he's actually super important to the plot]]
* ChronicVillainy: [[spoiler: Old Loki / Ikol in the end]]
* ContinuityNod: Hela explicitly references the time she sent adult Loki into the past to engineer his own adoption.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: To Kid!Loki's story]]
* EatTheEvidence: Facetiously suggested in the first issue.
-->'''Volstagg:''' I could ''eat'' Loki. There would be no evidence. A perfect crime!
* EtTuBrute: When [[spoiler: Thori]] betrays Loki, Loki gets pretty broken up about it.
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: The Teller, i.e. the narrator of our tale.]]
* FacePalm: Leah does this frequently around Loki.
* FakeDefector: Loki does this a few times.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: What happens to kid Loki in the end.]]
* {{Foil}}: Loki identifies quite a bit with the hel-puppy that he names Thori since they're both supposedly unalterably evil beings. The difference between them is [[spoiler: Thori loves being what he is and happily reverts to form the first chance he gets, while Loki does everything he can to avoid his fate]]
* GainaxEnding: [[WordofGod Gillen]] had to post an explanation of what had happened in the ending on his tumblr, because at least half the fanbase didn't understand what had just occurred.
* GambitPileup: There are a variety of different factions competing against one another in Journey into Mystery[[spoiler: however this is notable as probably being one of the few cases where a character competes against HIMSELF]]
* GuileHero: Kid Loki.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted with [[spoiler: Thori]], played straight with [[spoiler: the Manchester Gods]] and later [[spoiler: kid Loki]]
* [[HeroicSuicide Heroic Self-Annihilation]]: [[spoiler: What Kid Loki does to save everyone from Mephisto]]
* HopeSpot: At the end of the Everything Burns crossover with The Mighty Thor, [[spoiler: they've succeeded in defeating Surtur, Loki's been definitively given Thor's trust, the Nine Realms know that it was Loki who saved them, Leah's back (sort of) and they're all going to live happily ever after. JUST KIDDING Mephisto has the Fear Crown and Loki has to annihilate himself to get rid of it.]]
** [[spoiler: Loki's "Damn me" on the final page could be seen as a hope spot. As far as character development goes, being able to admit that he is at fault is absolutely huge for Loki and it indicates that Kid Loki's final words have achieved something significant. Unfortunately he quickly follows it up with a more standard "Damn you all" indicating a return to his old self.]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Leah
* MagpiesAsPortents: The magpie rhyme is an overarching theme - the run begins with a group of magpies on a quest through the Nine Realms after old Loki's death, and the remnant of evil Loki takes the form of a magpie to follow Loki around.
* [[spoiler: MemoryGambit: Old!Loki's reason for creating Kid!Loki via his resurrection without his memories in the first place. He sets himself up with a new, baggage-free life in order to regain trust among those that wouldn't before for one of his own schemes that would allow 'him' to change, all the while setting things up to create a situation that would force Kid!Loki to take on his personality. Kid!Loki claims victory in that he "dies" knowing he ''did'' change, while Old!Loki setting up this scheme in the first place proves he never will.]]
* MetaFiction: Very much so.
--> '''Loki: We all know how this story ends.'''
* MoodWhiplash: This quote about sums it up:
--->'''Journey Into Mystery: A comedy in 30 parts (or a tragedy in 31)'''
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: This is Loki's reaction after seeing the [[spoiler: Manchester Gods]] working with Surtur.
** [[spoiler: After taking over his younger self's body, Loki's last lines in 645 of "Damn me." seem to imply this. Unfortunately, he follows it up with "[[WhamLine Damn you all]]."]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Every good thing Loki does ends up screwing him over down the line.
--> '''Ikol: ''Humans'' see groups of magpies. Magpies don't. Magpies know they stand alone. ... There is only ''ever'' one for sorrow.'''
* NoShirtLongJacket: Hellstrom. "A guy's got a certain reputation", after all.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the Everything Burns arc, everything that Loki did in the earlier arcs comes around to bite him in the ass. "My predicament has become ''terribly'' on the nose."
* [[PunnyName Punny Job Description]]: [[spoiler: Leah is Hela's '''hand'''maiden.]]
* RunningGag: Daimon is never going to put on a shirt, Loki.
* ScrewDestiny: What kid Loki is trying to do in being a hero instead of a villain. [[spoiler: It's what adult Loki's trying, too, even though it is very heavily implied he is destined to fail.]]
* [[spoiler: ShootTheShaggyDog: Despite everything he accomplished, the friends that he made and the respect and trust that he earned, kid Loki ends up being annihilated and replaced by old Loki with no one the wiser to his fate. Sure, he won in that he was good, but it still means nothing in the long run. [[MetaFiction Because status quo is God in mainstream superhero comic books.]]]]
* StableTimeloop: [[spoiler: the second Leah was sent back in time and became Hela.]]
* [[spoiler: StatusQuoIsGod]]: It is a comic, after all.
* [[spoiler: TalkingToThemself: Loki and Ikol, since Ikol doesn't really exist in the physical world.]]
** He also posted [[http://kierongillen.tumblr.com/post/31402242170/they-want-more-britney-spears-the-music this]] directly after issue 643 came out.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Everything always comes back to being Loki's fault.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: "Hellstrom! What's wrong? Do you need anything? A shirt perhaps?"
* WhamEpisode: Issue 641 [[spoiler: Leah's goodbye and Surtur being revealed behind the Manchester Gods that Loki just helped.]]
** Issue 643 [[spoiler: Herald!Leah is revealed to be the Leah that Loki wrote into the Serpent's story, and then Loki tells her that he's sick of being hated and mistrusted by the Asgardians, that he resents Thor for bringing him back to them, that he honestly is upset about what happened to Leah and wants to help her, and that he wants to let everyone burn in Surtur's fires. And ''then'' he dumps Thor into a lake of lava. It turned out later he hadn't really switched sides, but he still dumped Thor in the lava and (probably) wasn't even lying about most of what he told her.]]
* WhamLine: When the Herald of Surtur reveals their identity to the readers. [[spoiler: "Leah of Hel knows Loki's character better than her own."]]
** And a few issues later, from the same person no less: [[spoiler: "Ikol. The bird. You know he doesn't exist outside your head."]]
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Loki and Leah. In fact, he once figured out when someone was impersonating her due to the fake Leah being too nice.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Old!Loki/Ikol's is kind of the most brilliant]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: How Kid!Loki and some of his enemies usually do battle.

!!!Kathryn Immonen's Run (Issues 646-655):
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[[caption-width-right:230:Verily, can you dig it?]]

* AloofBigBrother: Heimdall to Sif.
* AmicableExes: Beta Ray Bill and Sif, aside from some bickering. [[spoiler:Justified, given that Bill's girlfriend just died.]]
* [[spoiler:BackForTheDead: Beta Ray Bill's girlfriend Ti Asha Ra is brought back in issue 653, only to die.]]
** [[spoiler: She comes back again in #654, only to be revealed that something or someone planted Bill's ship AI in her body when his ship crashed.]]
** [[spoiler: She comes back for good alongside a healed Lady Gaea in #655 and a cube housing Skuttlebutt.]]
* BullyingADragon: Sif literally does this to a dragon like creature in issue 646.
** Issue 647 has other examples such as a bar patron attempting to get physical with Sif [[spoiler: and Sif battling her near Odin level powered brother Heimdall. ]]
* TheCameo: Kids dressed like [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny]] are [[http://i.imgur.com/GqEzsYM.jpg among those]] that play with Sif in a snowball fight.
* CentralTheme: Sif's run seems to continue on theme of change, though Sif herself believes that change leads to decadence from past glory.
* CurbStompBattle: Sif in nearly all of her fights in the first arc including a severe one to [[spoiler: Fandral.]]
* DirtyKid: Hilde, who simply grins with pleasure upon seeing a fully naked Thor out of bed in the middle of a situation while everyone else [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn covers their eyes.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Svip was revealed to have killed most of his own men for his own amusement and tried to attack Broxton simply to satisfy his thirst for battle.
* FriendsWithBenefits: Sif and [[spoiler:Thor.]]
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Volstagg's kids, whose sharp comments on their own culture make Sif question their society's current path.
* LadyOfWar: Lady Sif.
* MagicSkirt[=/=]ModestyBedsheet: Even when Thor is in the middle of combat wearing nothing but a bedsheet around his waist, it never comes off.
* MythologyGag: The Monsters that appear in issue 649 of the first arc are actually taken from pre-Thor anthology issues of Journey into Mystery original 1960s run.
* PapaWolf: Volstagg.
* TheMissusAndTheEx: Sif and Jane crack a few puns at Thor's expense when Sif comes to see Jane for medical advice about Lady Gaea.
* TheSnarkKnight: [[spoiler: '[[BloodKnight Berserker]]' Sif]] loves to tear into foes verbally as well as physically.
** The [[Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan Superior Spider-Man]] guest stars and obviously shows his own talents.
* [[spoiler:TricksterMentor: Aerndis the witch, her 'Berserker' spell only loosened Sif's normal restraints and everything was just meant to show Sif that the defenders of Asgard were not weaker then those of the past, enemies had just become craftier. ]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: The summaries for the Seed of Destruction arc indicate that this will occur between Sif and [[spoiler:Beta Ray Bill.]]
** AnchoredShip: Sif still has some feelings for Bill, and while they've acknowledged their past relationship, he's astutely devoted to Ti Asha Ra. [[spoiler: Sif helps reunite the couple after she saves Lady Gaea from a mysterious infection.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Poor Rro turns out to become this for Tokyo.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[spoiler: A big theme in Sif's first arc, thanks to the [[ForbiddenFruit Berserker Spell]] power up she gets in the first issue. ]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: 'Berserker' Sif.]]

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->"''You are not as wicked as they think.''"
->"''I'd have to try terribly hard to be '''that''' terrible.''"
-->-- Conversation between kid Loki and Thor.

Originally an AnthologyComic by Atlas Comics which later became Creator/MarvelComics, it is known for debuting ComicBook/TheMightyThor, in issue #83 (August, 1962), by Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby. The series would regularly feature Thor there until issue #125 (February, 1966). With issue #126 (March, 1966), the comic was renamed ''The Mighty Thor''.

It has been revived as a separate title a few times since then from 1972 to 1975 as an AnthologyComic, and again in the 1990s replacing Thor's book with issue #503, following the Heroes Reborn relaunch of key Marvel properties from 1996 to 1998. Finally the most recent revival of the series was during the ComicBook/FearItself event and relaunch of Thor's book as ComicBook/TheMightyThor in 2010 starting with issue 622.

From issues 622-645, the main character changed from Thor to his newly-reincarnated brother, ComicBook/{{Loki}}. Issue 646 starts a new arc focusing on Lady Sif. It lasted to Issue 655.

!!Tropes featured in this work:

!!!Creator/KieronGillen's Run (Issues 622-645):
[[quoteright:230:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jim1_4143.png]]

* ABoyAndHisX: Loki and Thori, a boy and his (Half Hell Hound) dog!
** Or, a boy and his magpie-shaped evil former self
* AdmiringTheAbomination: When Loki releases [[spoiler: Surtur]], he makes sure to take a photo of him with his Starkphone
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Leah makes no secret of her attraction to Daimon. Her reasoning is that ''everyone'' likes a bad boy.
** It includes Hel-Puppies too!
--> '''Kid Loki''': I'm a bad boy!
--> '''Leah''': Not ''actual'' boys.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Surprisingly, Loki actually plays this trope straight for Leah. [[spoiler: Well, for Herald!Leah, at least]]
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent
* BelligerentSexualTension: Loki and Leah have a bit of this dynamic
* BigBad: First arc of Kid Loki's run starts with [[Comicbook/FearItself Serpent]] as BiggerBad and sets up Surtur and Mephisto for rest of the story. [[spoiler: Turns out they all were pawns of Old Loki]].
* BookEnds: Kid Loki's arc of the series begins and ends with a confrontation between old Loki and young Loki in the space hidden in the dot of the question mark.
** Also, the covers of Journey Into Mystery 623 and Journey Into Mystery 645 (the second and last issues of the run) are inversions of one another.
** Journey Into Mystery 622 starts with the line, "In the end, many of the answers ended up being 'Loki'." Journey Into Mystery 645 starts with the same phrase, only [[TheEndOfTheBeginning "the end" is replaced with "the beginning".]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At one point, Loki grabs the narration boxes and tears them up [[spoiler: but this is actually a subversion, as later it's revealed that the narrator of the story is an actual character in-story]].
** Loki also directly addresses the audience a few times in the last chapter.
* BreakTheCutie: UpToEleven.
* BrickJoke: Early in the run, there is a bit of narration that refers to Leah as Hela's left hand, in contrast to Tyr being Hela's right. [[spoiler: Turns out that she is ''literally'' Hela's hand, although the artists never seem to agree on whether it's her left or her right]]
** In ''Journey Into Mystery'' 625, Loki is dealing with the aftermath of bringing some dire news to Hela. When he recives worse news, he reports to her handmaiden Leah, who tells him he "already brought" dire news, so he corrects himself with "Dire-er news!" Almost at the end of the issue, he runs up to Hela and Mephisto, who are having Parley, and loudly declares "DIRE-EST NEWS!" and Hela looks exasperated.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In the recap of issue #632, Ikol and Loki are the ones in charge of giving a summary of past events in the series:
-->'''Ikol:''' What about Odin's brother, the Serpent, attempting to rule the world through fear itself? And Odin almost killing everyone to stop him?
-->'''Kid Loki:''' Fixed it. A Tuesday afternoon trifle.
* CentralTheme: Change is good. The new is good. [[spoiler: But this is a single run in a single series that is part of a huge mainstream comic continuity, so it's never going to last.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The Fear Crown
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: the Leah that Loki wrote into the Serpent's ''story'' in issue 629]]
** Also, [[spoiler: remember the Teller from the 626.1 issue that didn't seem to have anything to do with anything? Yeah, he's actually super important to the plot]]
* ChronicVillainy: [[spoiler: Old Loki / Ikol in the end]]
* ContinuityNod: Hela explicitly references the time she sent adult Loki into the past to engineer his own adoption.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: To Kid!Loki's story]]
* EatTheEvidence: Facetiously suggested in the first issue.
-->'''Volstagg:''' I could ''eat'' Loki. There would be no evidence. A perfect crime!
* EtTuBrute: When [[spoiler: Thori]] betrays Loki, Loki gets pretty broken up about it.
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: The Teller, i.e. the narrator of our tale.]]
* FacePalm: Leah does this frequently around Loki.
* FakeDefector: Loki does this a few times.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: What happens to kid Loki in the end.]]
* {{Foil}}: Loki identifies quite a bit with the hel-puppy that he names Thori since they're both supposedly unalterably evil beings. The difference between them is [[spoiler: Thori loves being what he is and happily reverts to form the first chance he gets, while Loki does everything he can to avoid his fate]]
* GainaxEnding: [[WordofGod Gillen]] had to post an explanation of what had happened in the ending on his tumblr, because at least half the fanbase didn't understand what had just occurred.
* GambitPileup: There are a variety of different factions competing against one another in Journey into Mystery[[spoiler: however this is notable as probably being one of the few cases where a character competes against HIMSELF]]
* GuileHero: Kid Loki.
* HeroicSacrifice: Subverted with [[spoiler: Thori]], played straight with [[spoiler: the Manchester Gods]] and later [[spoiler: kid Loki]]
* [[HeroicSuicide Heroic Self-Annihilation]]: [[spoiler: What Kid Loki does to save everyone from Mephisto]]
* HopeSpot: At the end of the Everything Burns crossover with The Mighty Thor, [[spoiler: they've succeeded in defeating Surtur, Loki's been definitively given Thor's trust, the Nine Realms know that it was Loki who saved them, Leah's back (sort of) and they're all going to live happily ever after. JUST KIDDING Mephisto has the Fear Crown and Loki has to annihilate himself to get rid of it.]]
** [[spoiler: Loki's "Damn me" on the final page could be seen as a hope spot. As far as character development goes, being able to admit that he is at fault is absolutely huge for Loki and it indicates that Kid Loki's final words have achieved something significant. Unfortunately he quickly follows it up with a more standard "Damn you all" indicating a return to his old self.]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Leah
* MagpiesAsPortents: The magpie rhyme is an overarching theme - the run begins with a group of magpies on a quest through the Nine Realms after old Loki's death, and the remnant of evil Loki takes the form of a magpie to follow Loki around.
* [[spoiler: MemoryGambit: Old!Loki's reason for creating Kid!Loki via his resurrection without his memories in the first place. He sets himself up with a new, baggage-free life in order to regain trust among those that wouldn't before for one of his own schemes that would allow 'him' to change, all the while setting things up to create a situation that would force Kid!Loki to take on his personality. Kid!Loki claims victory in that he "dies" knowing he ''did'' change, while Old!Loki setting up this scheme in the first place proves he never will.]]
* MetaFiction: Very much so.
--> '''Loki: We all know how this story ends.'''
* MoodWhiplash: This quote about sums it up:
--->'''Journey Into Mystery: A comedy in 30 parts (or a tragedy in 31)'''
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: This is Loki's reaction after seeing the [[spoiler: Manchester Gods]] working with Surtur.
** [[spoiler: After taking over his younger self's body, Loki's last lines in 645 of "Damn me." seem to imply this. Unfortunately, he follows it up with "[[WhamLine Damn you all]]."]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Every good thing Loki does ends up screwing him over down the line.
--> '''Ikol: ''Humans'' see groups of magpies. Magpies don't. Magpies know they stand alone. ... There is only ''ever'' one for sorrow.'''
* NoShirtLongJacket: Hellstrom. "A guy's got a certain reputation", after all.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the Everything Burns arc, everything that Loki did in the earlier arcs comes around to bite him in the ass. "My predicament has become ''terribly'' on the nose."
* [[PunnyName Punny Job Description]]: [[spoiler: Leah is Hela's '''hand'''maiden.]]
* RunningGag: Daimon is never going to put on a shirt, Loki.
* ScrewDestiny: What kid Loki is trying to do in being a hero instead of a villain. [[spoiler: It's what adult Loki's trying, too, even though it is very heavily implied he is destined to fail.]]
* [[spoiler: ShootTheShaggyDog: Despite everything he accomplished, the friends that he made and the respect and trust that he earned, kid Loki ends up being annihilated and replaced by old Loki with no one the wiser to his fate. Sure, he won in that he was good, but it still means nothing in the long run. [[MetaFiction Because status quo is God in mainstream superhero comic books.]]]]
* StableTimeloop: [[spoiler: the second Leah was sent back in time and became Hela.]]
* [[spoiler: StatusQuoIsGod]]: It is a comic, after all.
* [[spoiler: TalkingToThemself: Loki and Ikol, since Ikol doesn't really exist in the physical world.]]
** He also posted [[http://kierongillen.tumblr.com/post/31402242170/they-want-more-britney-spears-the-music this]] directly after issue 643 came out.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Everything always comes back to being Loki's fault.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: "Hellstrom! What's wrong? Do you need anything? A shirt perhaps?"
* WhamEpisode: Issue 641 [[spoiler: Leah's goodbye and Surtur being revealed behind the Manchester Gods that Loki just helped.]]
** Issue 643 [[spoiler: Herald!Leah is revealed to be the Leah that Loki wrote into the Serpent's story, and then Loki tells her that he's sick of being hated and mistrusted by the Asgardians, that he resents Thor for bringing him back to them, that he honestly is upset about what happened to Leah and wants to help her, and that he wants to let everyone burn in Surtur's fires. And ''then'' he dumps Thor into a lake of lava. It turned out later he hadn't really switched sides, but he still dumped Thor in the lava and (probably) wasn't even lying about most of what he told her.]]
* WhamLine: When the Herald of Surtur reveals their identity to the readers. [[spoiler: "Leah of Hel knows Loki's character better than her own."]]
** And a few issues later, from the same person no less: [[spoiler: "Ikol. The bird. You know he doesn't exist outside your head."]]
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Loki and Leah. In fact, he once figured out when someone was impersonating her due to the fake Leah being too nice.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Old!Loki/Ikol's is kind of the most brilliant]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: How Kid!Loki and some of his enemies usually do battle.

!!!Kathryn Immonen's Run (Issues 646-655):
[[quoteright:230:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jim2_2592.png]]
[[caption-width-right:230:Verily, can you dig it?]]

* AloofBigBrother: Heimdall to Sif.
* AmicableExes: Beta Ray Bill and Sif, aside from some bickering. [[spoiler:Justified, given that Bill's girlfriend just died.]]
* [[spoiler:BackForTheDead: Beta Ray Bill's girlfriend Ti Asha Ra is brought back in issue 653, only to die.]]
** [[spoiler: She comes back again in #654, only to be revealed that something or someone planted Bill's ship AI in her body when his ship crashed.]]
** [[spoiler: She comes back for good alongside a healed Lady Gaea in #655 and a cube housing Skuttlebutt.]]
* BullyingADragon: Sif literally does this to a dragon like creature in issue 646.
** Issue 647 has other examples such as a bar patron attempting to get physical with Sif [[spoiler: and Sif battling her near Odin level powered brother Heimdall. ]]
* TheCameo: Kids dressed like [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Kyle, Stan, Cartman, and Kenny]] are [[http://i.imgur.com/GqEzsYM.jpg among those]] that play with Sif in a snowball fight.
* CentralTheme: Sif's run seems to continue on theme of change, though Sif herself believes that change leads to decadence from past glory.
* CurbStompBattle: Sif in nearly all of her fights in the first arc including a severe one to [[spoiler: Fandral.]]
* DirtyKid: Hilde, who simply grins with pleasure upon seeing a fully naked Thor out of bed in the middle of a situation while everyone else [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn covers their eyes.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Svip was revealed to have killed most of his own men for his own amusement and tried to attack Broxton simply to satisfy his thirst for battle.
* FriendsWithBenefits: Sif and [[spoiler:Thor.]]
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Volstagg's kids, whose sharp comments on their own culture make Sif question their society's current path.
* LadyOfWar: Lady Sif.
* MagicSkirt[=/=]ModestyBedsheet: Even when Thor is in the middle of combat wearing nothing but a bedsheet around his waist, it never comes off.
* MythologyGag: The Monsters that appear in issue 649 of the first arc are actually taken from pre-Thor anthology issues of Journey into Mystery original 1960s run.
* PapaWolf: Volstagg.
* TheMissusAndTheEx: Sif and Jane crack a few puns at Thor's expense when Sif comes to see Jane for medical advice about Lady Gaea.
* TheSnarkKnight: [[spoiler: '[[BloodKnight Berserker]]' Sif]] loves to tear into foes verbally as well as physically.
** The [[Comicbook/SuperiorSpiderMan Superior Spider-Man]] guest stars and obviously shows his own talents.
* [[spoiler:TricksterMentor: Aerndis the witch, her 'Berserker' spell only loosened Sif's normal restraints and everything was just meant to show Sif that the defenders of Asgard were not weaker then those of the past, enemies had just become craftier. ]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: The summaries for the Seed of Destruction arc indicate that this will occur between Sif and [[spoiler:Beta Ray Bill.]]
** AnchoredShip: Sif still has some feelings for Bill, and while they've acknowledged their past relationship, he's astutely devoted to Ti Asha Ra. [[spoiler: Sif helps reunite the couple after she saves Lady Gaea from a mysterious infection.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Poor Rro turns out to become this for Tokyo.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[spoiler: A big theme in Sif's first arc, thanks to the [[ForbiddenFruit Berserker Spell]] power up she gets in the first issue. ]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: 'Berserker' Sif.]]
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->"''I'd have to try terribly hard to be '''that''' terrible''"

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13th Sep '14 5:51:55 PM A.P.D.
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: In the recap of issue #632, Ikol and Loki are the ones in charge of giving a summary of past events in the series:
-->'''Ikol:''' What about Odin's brother, the Serpent, attempting to rule the world through fear itself? And Odin almost killing everyone to stop him?
-->'''Kid Loki:''' Fixed it. A Tuesday afternoon trifle.
12th Aug '14 2:03:57 AM Anicomicgeek
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* IKnewIt: Several fans were able to guess that
** [[spoiler: Leah was Hela's hand]]
** [[spoiler: the Leah revealed at the end of The Mighty Thor 19 was the one Loki wrote into the Serpent's story]]
** [[spoiler: Leah would become Hela]]
** [[spoiler: Ikol only existed in Loki's head]]
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Kid Loki is Loki without all the baggage of his past, being without any memories of his previous life. Ikol is the remnant of the past Loki, with all of the baggage and memories.
** [[spoiler: This is subverted when it's revealed that Ikol doesn't actually exist outside of Loki's mind]]



* LyingCreator: As of right now, it looks like Kieron Gillen (the writer) lied [[spoiler: when he said that the Loki in the upcoming run of The Young Avengers is still 13-14 years old]]



* TrollingCreator: Kieron Gillen posted a lot of teasers about kid Loki being in the new Young Avengers before Journey Into Mystery 645 came out.
25th Apr '14 9:34:53 PM Green_lantern40
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23rd Feb '14 7:27:02 PM SciFiMs
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* MagpiesAsPortents: The magpie rhyme is an overarching theme - the run begins with a group of magpies on a quest through the Nine Realms after old Loki's death, and the remnant of evil Loki takes the form of a magpie to follow Loki around.



* OneForSorrowTwoForJoy: The magpie rhyme is an overarching theme - the run begins with a group of magpies on a quest through the Nine Realms after old Loki's death, and the remnant of evil Loki takes the form of a magpie to follow Loki around.
28th Aug '13 8:52:14 PM missmoon
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** [[spoiler: She comes back for good alongside a healed Lady Gaea in #655 and a cube housing Skuttlebutt.]]


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** AnchoredShip: Sif still has some feelings for Bill, and while they've acknowledged their past relationship, he's astutely devoted to Ti Asha Ra. [[spoiler: Sif helps reunite the couple after she saves Lady Gaea from a mysterious infection.]]
25th Jul '13 7:33:32 PM missmoon
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** [[spoiler: She comes back again in #654, only to be revealed that something or someone planted Bill's ship AI in her body when his ship crashed.]]
20th Jul '13 2:19:48 PM Oberyn
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!!!Kathryn Immonen's Run (Issues 646-655)

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20th Jul '13 2:19:27 PM Oberyn
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From issues 622-645, the main character changed from Thor to his newly-reincarnated brother, ComicBook/{{Loki}}. Issue 646 starts a new arc focusing on Lady Sif.

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From issues 622-645, the main character changed from Thor to his newly-reincarnated brother, ComicBook/{{Loki}}. Issue 646 starts a new arc focusing on Lady Sif.
Sif. It lasted to Issue 655.



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