God is Dead #1 Review
By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
All across the globe, devastation and genocide blow through a myriad of civilizations as innocents are slaughtered without hesitation. Amidst a stream of violence and destruction the second coming sets foot in the Vatican city and mourns the new surroundings that men and women have built around themselves. In the past this figure was responsible for leaving the Earth behind in the hands of humanity and now as a result of years of mind pollution, selfishness and greed he returns to see it in a far worse state then when it ever was. An assembly of deities have come down to our world to wipe out the plague that is humanity and take the heart of the world as it shutters and breaks.
There is no God
From Avatar Press comes the newest Jonathan Hickman series, God is Dead. A six issue mini with art from Di Amorim and co-written by Mike Costa, this first installment is a look at a world when a wave of tangible gods return to destroy everything before them. Religious zealotry and fundamentalism at its height, atheism is a punishable stance and dogmatic sacrifices offer the godless to a pantheon of invaders ushering in extinction. With an assembly of the gods Anubis, Zeus, Vishnu, Quetzalcoatl, Ares and many others the human race attempts to build an army of their own with the greatest philosophical minds of the time. Relegated to the sewers under the streets of disputed territory a few scientists, researchers and fugitive philosophers gather to devise a plan of attack.
A tight script with quick delivery hold this story’s doomsday scenario together as the world collapses. An interesting world where atheists are an endangered and hunted species defines a 2015 Earth and its horrific circumstances. God is Dead displays an incendiary platform to build a series from as it paints a modern time that is both horrifying and angry. Angry in that it is clearly a reality that stomps on free thought and forward thinking sciences that blaspheme and question existence. The few characters we are introduced to that aren’t simply existing god concepts from mythology and religion are a group of vigilante intellectuals who are trying to conjure an uprising that will kill gods. These few are an interesting anchor for the audience to grasp to from the first issue. This series is one that perfectly plays to Hickman’s strength as a world builder and his co-creator on the book Mike Costa creates an apocalyptic mashup of new and old gods in a paranoid and suppressed age.
Artistically the book is decent with Di Amorim handling all the art duties. Where the art is in no way bad it is simply nothing too exciting. Very standard designs and simple layouts service the plot and script without taking anything to drastic into its own hands. The visual storytelling is very straight forward, not taking any particular risks or going out of its way to be flashy which in a way is a good thing as it doesn’t distract from the story. Perhaps I am simply not blown away by the art because every other Hickman title available these days has incredibly bold talents that often steal the show and Di Amorim is purely a more subtle creator.
God is Dead starts off running with a great first issue that catalogues Earth’s doom at the hands of those who mankind sends its prayers to.
Rob Neil Gruszecki is a writer, musician, podcaster and Wednesday Warrior
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