Thursday, April 15, 2010

God Complex #1

Wait. Apollo isn't a blond or black?

Michael Avon Oeming writes the adventure of the Greek God Apollo who in God Complex #1 decides he wants mortality. He has been around with everlasting life for so long that he has lost the desire to exist. Being mortal means he could potential die, and that thought makes him appreciate and enjoy life. Apollo retains his god-like powers, yet he can now be killed.

His father, Zeus (maybe you've heard of him) is furious that his son has given up his gift of immortality. He has Hermes find his son so that Zeus can teach him a lesson about who makes life and death decisions when it comes to the gods. The gods, by the way, live in the real world (Los Angeles) and basically control the world through their powerful corporation. Let's just say...they probably have Google stock.

The take on Greek gods is pretty fun. They still live in a world with superheros and the Greek characters, besides the hair color, seem to be accurately portrayed in both personality and emotion. Anytime you write a series around Greek characters you are going to have some success no matter what the story is. Greek mythology is to college guys (granted I've been out of college for quite some time now) as dinosaurs are to elementary school boys. Remember Dinosaucers? No comic of the day could beat that show when I was a kid.

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