|Alright, we start with the preview pages of Loki going back to the book and to that little world where all this started, with him confronting the spirit of the Old Loki. |
Old Loki says he warned him at the start not to trust him, but Loki doesn't want to hear any of his old self's whining and asks to know exactly how much he's been screwed over. Old Loki talks about a stop the magpie made on its way to Loki to see the Teller, asking it to inform Mephisto of an item of ultimate power Loki will create after the latest peril looms over Asgard.
We get a page detailing Mephisto taking the crown and apparently giving some of the energy to the other fear lords, who apparently are more okay with bowing down to someone who isn't a part of their group then one of their own. Mephisto plans to use the crown's power to take control of the seat of Hell and rule the universe. You know the drill.
Old Loki says that Mephisto will take that seat today. Loki thinks there might not be too late, to which Old Loki responds that while there may be time for an eventual victory, billions will still die. He says that the crown is formed of Loki's thoughts and dreams and that if they ceased to be, so would the crown. If Loki allows the part of the Old Loki inside him (Ikol) to overwrite his mind, Loki will no longer exist and neither will the crown.
Loki says there must be another way. Old Loki agrees that there probably is, but that there isn't time to find it as it will result in many suffering. Loki muses that Old Loki didn't want to change after all. Old Loki says that change is all he desired, but for him to change, not this Loki. Loki after all would only sacrifice himself to save Loki. Loki wonders if the wordplay trickery is as annoying as when he does, which is probably the only laugh this issue got out of me.
Old Loki says that due to Loki's efforts to reestablish his innocence and name, the Old Loki now has a chance to be something else by taking his place. Loki agrees, but only if he has a chance to say goodbye, which Old Loki agrees to on the condition that he can't reveal what's going on at all. Loki's agrees.
So Loki goes to the cave and has Leah open a portal to Hel. He first speaks with Brun, asking if she could devour him. She says no as the curse is gone, misunderstanding.
Next he goes to Hela, who appears to have been fully expecting him. He asks that Leah be sent away as he wants nothing to do with her, obviously trying to protect her from the machinations of his evil self. Hela concurs and sends her to the ancient past, all while Leah demands an explanation from Loki, which Loki of course can't give. He simply cries.
Hela sort of comforts Loki, saying it will be for the best as by the time Leah has grown up she'll be more than enough to deal with the likes of him. Loki is confused to which Hela responds that he'll figure if he thinks enough. Loki says he doesn't have time and leaves. Hela muses that Loki was indeed never Hela's father, but that for the word made flesh that was never the only option.
So, Leah is Hela!!! Which brings up a whole slew of questions, but damn if that wasn't clever of you Gillen!!
Loki finally goes to see Thor and begs that he promise to kill him if he goes bad, to Thor's confusion. Thor refuses and wants to help, but Loki says nothing is wrong, but that everyone knows how this story ends. Thor says he'll never give up on him and that Loki should have faith in himself, which causes Loki to laugh. They hug in a very nice, heartwarming scene.
So, we go back to Old Loki and Loki speaking. Loki asks what next, to which Old Loki replies "The End". Loki means for everyone else besides him.
We're treated to a montage of everyone in JIM. Mephisto fails and is chased out. Hel Wolf and Thori are apparently a family in Hell now. Hela and Tyr get married. We see a baby who appears to be Wilson, being reborn. Volstagg is simply Volstagg again, but happy. Peace between the Aesir and the Vanir apparently. Some other little scenes.
And in the ancient past, we get a scene of what seems to be Kid Loki and Leah basically having fun, though Loki calls a lie on that one and all of it. He'll be gone forever after all and it's beyond all their power to end the story on such a happy note, in a bit of leaning on the fourth wall.
So Old Loki says it is time and presents Loki with the magpie, saying he is sorry. Loki says he probably is, but not enough. He also notes that Old Loki lost in the end.
Old Loki says he will change, to which Loki responds he won't as they won't let him. I'm not sure who "they" are. The people of Asgard, or the writers?
Loki says he played and won. He changed. Old Loki is just being himself as always.
"I won and you lost. Never forget it."
He then eats the magpie, which is both disgusting and kind of creepy. And says that he won, while the spirit disappears.
Loki rests on the ground for a moment before getting back up and taking the horned helmet of Loki from its stand.
The last page is Loki sitting by the stand with the helmet in his arms, crying as he says:
"Damn me. Damn you all."
So yeah, bye Kid Loki. Hi evil Loki in Kid Loki's body. I hope you suffer, you jackass.