Greek miss- ology

SFX - - Rated / Comics -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Im­age Comics Writer: Matt Frac­tion Artists: Chris­tian Ward, Dee Cun­niffe

Af­ter turn­ing

Norse leg­ends into su­per­hero space opera in his re­cent run on Thor, Matt Frac­tion has now given Greek mythol­ogy the cos­mic treat­ment. Based on Homer’s The Odyssey, ODY- C gen­der- swaps most of the key roles: Odysseus be­comes Odys­sia, while the All- Mother Zeus rules over Olym­pus. In­deed, men are con­spic­u­ous by their ab­sence with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new, am­bigu­ous sex, the Se­bex.

Told largely in ret­ro­spect through an om­ni­scient nar­ra­tion, there’s a re­mote qual­ity to the gods that adds to their mys­tery, although the over- re­liance on ex­po­si­tion does hin­der the pace. With Frac­tion re­fer­ring to Robert Fa­gles’s 1996 trans­la­tion of The Odyssey, a pass­ing knowl­edge of the text would come in handy when it comes to some of the finer de­tails. But even if you know next to noth­ing about Greek leg­ends, there’s still much to en­joy in his psy­che­delic take on th­ese time­less tales, which nods to both Grant Mor­ri­son and Michael Moor­cock.

Or you could just marvel at Chris­tian Ward’s stunning art­work, which chan­nels Jack Kirby and Frank Quitely by way of Moe­bius and Druil­let. As­sisted by Dee Cun­niffe, he pos­sesses one of the most evoca­tive palettes in the busi­ness, while his ex­per­i­men­tal lay­outs ri­val those of JH Wil­liams. Frac­tion’s story might need its own Cliffs Notes but ODY- C is one of the best look­ing comics out there right now. Stephen Jewell Frac­tion made ODY-C’s main char­ac­ters women be­cause he wanted to write a clas­sic su­per­hero for his daugh­ter.

It’s all Greek to us.

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