“And the earth was filled with violence.” Genesis 6:11
It’s 1,655 years after Eden, and life on Earth has already gone to hell. The world of man is a place of wanton cruelty and wickedness. Prehistoric monsters and stone-age marauders roam the land. Murder and destruction are the rule of the day. Humankind is a failed experiment. This is life before the Flood. The story of man on the verge of his first apocalypse.
Welcome to the world of the Goddamned. Jason Aaron has reunited with his Scalped collaborator r.m. Guera to bring us an entirely new kind of post (or pre, depending on how you look at it) apocalyptic tale. Set millienia ago The Goddamned is a look at a time before the biblical Flood where violence and squalor was the way of a barren world. Visually, that comes across perfectly as r.m. Guera illustrates some stunning vistas that are beautifully brought to life by colourist Guilia Brusco despite the barren desert landscape.
There is a level of detail in the art here that’s easy to miss unless you’re paying attention to it, adding incentive to really study each panel; in some cases, particularly during a suitably violent fight, the need to study the panels of the comic arise not because of the detail packed in, but because it can get a bit hard to tell just what exactly is going on. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does it’s in the chaos of battle, so I gave the comic the benefit of the doubt as it was an effective way of conveying the aforementioned chaos (whether intentional or not).
The Goddamned #1 has quite a bit of pace to it, with minimal text and speech for a majority of the pages within he comic; I like how the pages with minimal text impacts the way in which the story is told, just as I’m looking forward to seeing how the series will pan out five, six, seven or more issues down the road. Jason Aaron has earned a reputation of being a great writer of comics, and part of that is his ability to plot out a long story, and I can’t wait to see where he’ll take us with The Goddamned.
Writer: Jason Aaron Art: r.m. Guera Colourist: Guilia Brusco
Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read
Image provided a FREE copy for review
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