Dark Gods #1 (Avatar)

Dark Gods1

CREDIT: Avatar Press

Rating: 3.5/5 – Interesting Setup, Where Will It Go From Here?
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

This issue is setup throws a lot of “high concept” at the reader combined with the conflict set up for our protagonist Josh Resnick.  Josh is engaging in corporate espionage and ends up in the middle of a war between order & chaos (although given the stuff I’m seeing in this issue, I’m pretty comfortable calling the chaos side “evil”).

Humans need to perceive things on top a a framework of order.  To do that we overlay order onto the primordial chaos of the universe, but there is still the unknown and unknowable.  The concept put forth by writer Justin Jordan (who you may be familiar with from The Strange Talent of Luther Strode at Image) is that humans cannot handle not having answers and so created gods to help explain the unexplained.  Fair enough, I can get behind this.  This is then extended to the idea that in  creating the gods human belief actually gave the nameless forces an entry point into our reality.  And we’re off and running with Resnick is in the middle of something that we’re going to see develop over future issues.

I was intrigued by the premise put forth in this issue by Justin Jordan.  The challenge will be making this stand out as a unique and compelling narrative as he develops the themes and situations he has set up here as they play out in the long term.  Keeping a mixture of current day action along with the narrative of “how things got to be how they are” along with revealing insights into the structure of this Jordan-verse driven by the whims of the Dark Gods can make this series a must read.  Will this keep its unique feel or will it fall back on familiar tropes?  Time will tell.  I really enjoyed what Jordan did with Luther Strode so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and will be back for more so I can see how he runs with this.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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