Avengers Origins: Thor | 2011 | 1 issue | [link]
In a few ways, this issue is MCU-fan friendly. It lays everything out in a basic way, while also giving you some solid development in Thor and Loki’s relationship, how Sif “ruined” that (as Loki might tell you) and how Thor is used to dealing with his father. Sif’s sass really lightens the mood, and you also get to see a lot of Thor’s hammer—and meet Donald Blake, Thor’s human alter-ego!
WARNING: Not suggested for Loki fans/apologists, or those of the “Odin is a dick,” mindset.
Special Appearances by: Thor, Loki, Sif, Odin, Brokk, Eitri, Hela, Surtur, Ulik, Donald Blake.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger | 2010 | 8 issues | [link]
Much like the premise of the movie, Thor has been banished. However, the details and reasoning behind his banishment are unknown, and he’s making his way in the mortal world as a hobo— until the lovely Jane Foster happens upon him. This series chronicles his adventures as he adjusts to life on Midgard, with some twists of what’s expected from the typical movie or comic canon. Warnings for extreme kawaii.
Special Appearances by: Thor, Jane Foster, Loki, Fandral, Volstagg, Hogun, Captain Britain, Hyde, Janet VanDyne, Hank Pym, Namor, Heimdall, Tony Stark.
Thor: The Trials of Loki | 2011 | 4 issues | [link]
Loki’s past, as told from his own point of view, up until his imprisonment post-Balder’s murder. As with Blood Brothers (see below), the narrator is not entirely reliable, as even Thor disputes Loki’s claims within the narrative. However, the mini-series provides a basis for Loki’s origins within Marvel’s canon.
Special Appearances by: Thor, Loki, Frigga, Odin, Sif, Heimdall, Idunn, Hodur, Balder, Nanna, Urd, Skuld, Verdande, Hela.
Loki (also known as Blood Brothers) | 2004 | 4 issues | [link]
A solo mini-series wherein Loki rules Asgard. It covers his brief stint as king and how he handles his duties, as well as the emotional conflict wrought from his triumph to the residual emotional scarring left from what he perceived as severe abuse growing up. The entire run is the victim of an unreliable narrator—namely, Loki. Keep in mind while reading that this is all from Loki’s point of view, so the events are colored by his distortion of them. It’s up to the reader to decipher the grains of truth amidst what is presented.
Special Appearances by: Thor, Loki, Sif, Lorelei, Hela, Karnilla, Odin, Balder, Hodur, Frigga, Farbauti.
Son of Asgard | 2004 | 12 issues | [link]
Asgard like we rarely get to see it; your favorite Aesir, but in their teen years. See how it all started (sort of). Prepare for relationship drama, pranks, a character death, magic, and snark. Loads of snark.
It ain’t called Sassgard for nothin’, honey.
Special Appearances by: Thor, Loki, Sif, Balder*, Odin, Frigga, Brunnhilde, Amora, Volstagg, Karnilla, Heimdall, Hela, Lorelei.
*In this, Balder is not Thor’s brother.