God of War #1
Based on the Sony Videogame
Script by Marv Wolfman
Illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
Cover art by Andy Park
The script reads like a cut scene from 300, and the art is murky and obscured. The idea of a story based on a video games seems a little unlikely to me, as a game’s story has to remain loose to allow for game play. Even as the player is shuttled in a certain direction, hours are left for exploring and experimenting.
Here, the story is unremarkable, heavy-handed and uninspired. The illustrations fail to convey any excitement or drama. Just to be sure I wasn’t missing something, I even showed this comic to fan of the game, who was shocked that the comic art was so much less detailed and interesting than the animated game art. And the 300 comparison was his; I’ve shamelessly lifted it for my purposes.
DV8: Gods and Monsters #1
Written by Brian Wood
Illustrated by Rebakah Isaacs
Colored by Carrie Strachan
Lettered by Jared K. Fletcher
Cover art by Fiona Staples or Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair
Very interesting high concept here. I know jack about DV8, but Brian Wood’s exploring an interesting idea in this eight-issue miniseries. A group of superpowered teens wind up, I have no idea how, in a Neolithic world. Ours? I dunno. But there they are, and being superpowered, they’re essentially perceived by the cavepeople as gods.
The debut issue is spent laying groundwork, but the eventual conflict between the various tribes begins to brew early. Seeing how each character evolves in the context of their own tribe should be fascinating, and Rebekah Isaacs gives a solid, slight Chris Sprouseian sheen to the proceedings. I want to read more, so that’s what we call an effective first issue.
Written by Jeff Mariotte
Illustrated by Francesco Francavilla
Colored by Jeremy Shepherd
Lettered by Johnny Lowe
Garrison – first name? last name? we don’t know – is killing a whole lot of people, so the government’s after him. The issue’s focal character, a government agent named Jillian, is paired up with a fellow from another agency. Garrison kills the dude, and Jillian freezes when she has a free shot at taking Garrison out.
And uh, that’s about it. Some intrigue, passable art (coloring could stand to brighten up a hair, but that may be a printing issue rather than a coloring issue), but not a whole lot here. You have your basic explosive mystery riff: government ops with some secrets, and an enigmatic and likable anti-hero with a story to unfold. I can see some readers really enjoying it, particularly if Mariotte takes it in a surprising direction, but the debut issue feels a little by-the-numbers. Lots of room for Garrison to go somewhere different, however.