A Review: DREAD GODS #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of DREAD GODS #1 from IDW Publishing and Ominous Press. Bart Sears is the creator, Ron Marz writes, Tom Raney draws, Nanjan Jamberi colors, and Dave Lanphear letters.

Carver’s world is a rough place, but the bright spot is the “experience.” That’s where the people crowd around a large screen, jacking in and feeling the lives and battles of the Greek gods. Carver’s shriveled body makes it difficult to find a jack for the show. Today’s show is much like all the others, with Hades sending a monster for Zeus and his family to slaughter. But Carver notes something odd in Zeus’ speech at the end.

This story could not be any more of an underdog story, with the physically challenged Carver contrasting with the ultimate power of the gods. But there’s more to it than that. There’s so much going on in the background while we’re focused on Carver, and those backgrounds tell the story of a world in trouble somehow. Which tells us that there’s way more story to come in this series.

I admit I’m a sucker for layered storytelling, and this book has it all over. And it’s all beautifully rendered and wrapped in Greek myth. So much fun.

DREAD GODS #1 is available now from your local comic shop, or online at idwpublishing.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )