Comics Review: “The Goddamned” Issue 1
- by Ninja Ross, 12 November 2015
The Bible is full of amazing stories. Some of them really stick with you and one of my favourites is the story of Noah. The lessons you can learn from that story! He overcame the odds and, despite the insults and jokes from his neighbors, he opened a pet shop on a boat and even made sure to have spares of everything. It's a story of determination and thinking ahead. But this week, Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera give us their take on the story of Noah.
There's not really a lot to say about the story in the first issue; it's set before the flood and there's a lot of violence. That's all there is to it, so far. But it's done in a way that keeps things intriguing. While violence and the terribleness of the world is what's most obvious, we've also got a hero who's very reminiscent of characters like Conan the Barbarian, with his single mindedness and love of beating the shit out of things.
This means we have a book where violence seems nice. And fun! Like a good violent movie by Quentin Tarantino or Paul Verhoeven. The violence is complimented by style and a cool character, stopping it from seeming excessive and boring.
It's also not filled with ye olde Bible speak, as you'd expect something like this to be. Instead, Aaron uses familiar American speech patterns, with a southern accent thrown in. This is another thing that helps with the style of the book.
Along with Aaron's fast paced, sharp script is Guera's art, which is a perfect fit for the brutal tone of the book. But it's not overly dark and depressing, instead it's more stylised and gives the book a lighter quality. The book wouldn't be the same without Guera's art.
But Guera's art wouldn't be the same without Giulia Brusco's colours. The world shown in The Goddamned is brutal and unforgiving, but with Brusco's colours, everything just seems better. It feels more lively with some bright blue skies above the blood and mud.
It's easy to keep comparing this book to the likes of Conan. Even the hero kind of looks like a cross between Conan and Geralt of Rivea from The Witcher, but it';s still its own books. The team on the Goddamned is clearly influenced by the greatest sword swingers around, but they take that and create something that feels familiar, but still stands out from what they were inspired by.
The point is, it's fun and violent, which is all I've ever wanted in a comic book based on a bible story. I highly advise picking up this first goddamned issue and prepare yourself for what is most likely going to be one of the coolest series out there.
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