Written by Brian Azzarello, Art & Cover by Cliff Chiang
Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?
Bias: I absolutely love Brian Azzarello’s non-super hero work, but the man’s dislike of super heroes really does shine through in the titles of that genre that he deems to write. Still, he’s stated that he’s writing this like a horror book, and focusing on her mythic connections rather than her heroic ones could make for a damn good story – especially in Mr. Azzarello’s hands. We’ll find out next week, I guess.
What I liked: This definitely had the feel of one of Mr. Azzarello’s non-super hero works. I’m a bit rusty on my Greek Mythology, but it was fun to try to figure out who was who. The events of the story were twisted and dark – and yet, the tone of the story was heroic…mythic, in both story plot and scope, and very, very fun! It’s also one of the few comics where going back to re-read it gave new insights and details that I missed the first time around. I’ve done that later in a series before, but never in a single issue!
What I disliked: Honestly, there’s nothing I can think of that I particularly disliked! It felt a bit confusing at first, but by the end of the issue, I felt I had a good grasp on the story, and re-reading the beginning pages with the knowledge from the latter pages really did clear up what was going on in the earlier ones.
Verdict: I’m going to be collecting this title.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.