Greek miss- ology
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Publisher: Image Comics Writer: Matt Fraction Artists: Christian Ward, Dee Cunniffe
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.