Godstorm is a brand new series from Zenescope. If you haven’t checked out Issue #0, I encourage you to do so before reading this comic. Obviously with the ‘gods,’ such as Zeus, Hercules, and Perseus you can tell all kinds of stories. Though over the years there haven’t been too many stories centered around the mythos of these gods and goddesses. (People who have read the Percy Jackson series will enjoy this story.) I myself love reading stories with gods, angels, demons, I just find these things awesome when applied to the media world, the possibilities are endless. (Love Daniel Way’s Ghost Rider run.) Issue #0 did a great job with establishing the world these characters reside in, making them living as mortals was an interesting move. Issue #1 wasn’t the ‘godly’ comic I was expecting, it’s mainly a setup issue for things to come. (And those things look to be plain epic.)
Here’s the official description from Zenescope:
A brand new series straight from the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe. The Highborn Gods of old have been biding their time, waiting for the right point in human evolution to make their return. Some have waited with nothing but good intentions and the desire to help the people of earth. But not all the deities from the past have such altruistic plans. One fallen god has set her sights on a much loftier and more sinister goal…the enslavement of all mankind.
Like with Robyn Hood, I can’t really see how this could just be contained in four issues. There’s a lot setup in Issue #0 and this one. I think it would been better to have it as 12 issue series, more time for godly action! This issue is surprisingly tame for the first and middle acts. It has these two dudes Julian and Tony, the latter who wants to become a kingpin. Later we find out the full details of how they became friends. Patrick Shand’s writing here is often with a dark humorous touch, it works for this series. (Prepare to be disappointed if you’re expecting Thor-like ‘Thou vast vile fiend!’ dialogue.) As the first act goes you’re left wondering when the ‘godly action’ will take place. As I said before, it’s a setup issue, we learn who is a son of Zeus and the bad guys appear on the final two pages. A fine setup, just Issue #2 better deliver the epic action sequences only gods could give!
I like the art, it works. There’s enough detail so we don’t complain. The cover is pretty awe-inspiring, (as it should be) showcasing a very powerful Zeus. The issue goes a little too over-the-top when Tony and Julian go to the former’s mansion to ‘celebrate.’ (A little too much for my taste, as I’m sure many would agree. Not to mention the art goes way too over-the-top in some scenes there, some of the ladies looked extremely distorted.) By the end, we learn who one of Zeus’s sons are, and we learn who the villains are in a very cool scene. (Again, I love when its gods and angelic beings versus demons and monsters from the underworld.)
Overall, a pretty solid first issue of Godstorm. It may be lacking the god part, but it’s pretty much a setup for things to come. It looks to be a fun four issue series, definitely worth a pick-up. (Especially if you enjoyed Clash of the Titans, whether it be the original or remake.)