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Published October 26, 2023

First Look at the Cover to ‘Timeless Light’ #1: Mike McKone Showcases the God of Mischief Alongside the Avengers

We spoke to the artist about his favorite versions of Loki, the character’s core traits, comic tales from Asgard, and more.

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Artist Mike McKone (CAPTAIN MARVEL: DARK TEMPEST, WEREWOLF BY NIGHT) depicts Loki, surrounded by the Avengers, on the cover of recently-dropped comic TIMELESS LIGHT #1. And for the artist, his love of Asgard's God of Mischief comes down to one classic Marvel Comics creator: “I like anything created or designed by Jack Kirby. So drawing Loki is always fun.”

Cover to TIMELESS LIGHT (2023) #1 by Mike McKone.
Cover to TIMELESS LIGHT (2023) #1 by Mike McKone.

TIMELESS LIGHT #1, sponsored by Citizen, is a full-length original comic by Paul Allor, Carlos Reno, and Larry Molinar where Loki reflects on what makes heroes, well, heroic. But as New York City is engulfed in an onslaught of “Shadow Monsters,” Loki seizes the opportunity to confront the Avengers instead. Being cut from the same darkness as these invading demons, Loki easily controls the Shadow Monsters and wields them against Earth’s Mightiest. After all, how else is a god to stake his claim in the perpetual battle between light and dark?

“[Loki’s] pomposity and self-aggrandizing nature should [always] be present,” reflects McKone on his cover depiction of Loki from TIMELESS LIGHT. “As well as his natural mischievousness.”

Some of the artist’s reference points also tie back to his favorite Thor/Loki stories. “The Walt Simonson THOR run from the 80s is rightfully regarded as a high point,” McKone says. “And I also have a lot of affection for the issues illustrated by John Buscema from a decade earlier.”

And when it comes down to which Loki, out of many, is his favorite to draw?

“I think classic Loki is my favorite iteration.”

Enjoy your first full look at Mike McKone’s cover for TIMELESS LIGHT #1, then read the full comic from Citizen today!

TIMELESS LIGHT #1 celebrates two new timepieces from the Marvel | Citizen Collection, the “Loki” timepiece and the “Avengers 60th: Beyond Earth’s Mightiest Limited Edition Box Set.” See the new timepieces for yourself, and learn more about the "Loki" timepiece collaboration today.

VIEW THE MARVEL | CITIZEN COLLECTION

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