Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Every week he is going to attempt a mini review of one of them, with potential minor spoilers.
This week I picked up ODY-C #1 from Image Comics, written by Matt Fraction with art by Christian Ward, flatting by Dee Cunniffe and letters from Chris Eliopoulos. This is going to be a bit of a speed review, but I’ll probably struggle to sum this comic up anyway.
ODY-C is essentially a retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey, with two key differences. The first is that instead of ancient Greece, ODY-C takes place a distant galaxy, possibly in the future though it doesn’t really matter. The second is that all the male characters have been gender-swapped, with Zeus, Poseidon and Odyssia (not Odysseus anymore) all being female. In this story, Zeus had all the men in the galaxy slaughtered to avoid challenge to her rule, and the Olympian goddesses and mortals are constantly at war with one another. Following a decades long campaign on the seigeworld Troia, Odyssia starts to return home aboard her ship the ODY-C. She has however angered the gods, so Zeus and Poseidon want to make her journey back difficult if not impossible. Odyssia must deal with what are effectively space pirates, and doubt from members of her crew who are terrified of the vengeful wrath of the gods. Rather than continue to cut a bloody path through the galaxy, Odyssia decides what is most important to her and sets her sights homeward.
Reimaginings and retellings of The Odyssey are hardly a new concept, but Fraction and Ward do it in a fresh and unique way here. The shift to space opera makes this bleed high concept sci-fi, but the characters remain much the same. The gods remain vengeful assholes, and Odyssia is a fierce and extremely capable warrior and captain. The art is fantastic, with Ward bringing a psychedelic feel to every page with the colours and twisting designs a real treat for the eyes. There is an extensive fold-out timeline leading up to where the story picks up and a fold out planetary system map, which combine on their reverses to make this gorgeous piece of art.
This was a really interesting read, and fans of mythology and sci-fi should really enjoy this. I’ve not really done the book justice in trying and failing to summarise the story, but definitely check this out at your LCS or digitally. Now.
9 Starhearts out of 10