Comic Book Review: ODY-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

ODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far IthicaaODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithicaa

by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There’s something to be applauded for the risks taken to create this comic, had they been successful would have been an amazing experience.

As someone who has read the Odyssey many many times, I was just barely able to grasp the underlying plot. The story is told with a weird combination in what could be assumed an interpretation of epic poetry and psychedelic art.

The poetry is stilted, and does nothing to express the art or the story…and would be absolute gibberish without it. I can only assume that this heralds from the authors own misunderstanding of the source text.

The art is trippy and confusing. At times amazing and mind-blowing and at others poorly realized and messy. There were several times when I caught myself wondering how the colorist felt having to cover up desperately poor proportions and expressed movement.

For the concept and the colour, I give this comic 2 stars… But overall, I don’t recommend it.

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Comic Book Review: Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarksy

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird TrickSex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What is this time-stopping phenomena called? Postcoital euphoria? Afterglow? It’s not a story for kids, and I certainly wouldn’t share it with my mother, but I do think there is something here worth reading. I’m looking forward to the next volume, and I hope that the three white-clad super heroes at the end don’t come off as unbelievable and as corny as when they were introduced. That’s the only thing that could ruin this for me at this point. The artwork is beautiful. And, can I tell you how much I like to see “librarians” with crazy “secret identities”. That’s a scenario that I always find fun to read.