Review: God Complex: Dogma #1
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Art: Hendry Prasetya
Colours: Jessica Kholinne
Letters: Jaka Ady
Publisher: Image Comics
‘In the futuristic city of Delphi, a young digital-forensics investigator named Seneca finds himself embroiled in the bizarre murders of three church acolytes. Guided by his cryptic mentor, the Ruler named Hermes, Seneca uncovers a stunning conspiracy and a mystery that will turn his entire world upside down. From writer PAUL JENKINS (Inhumans, Wolverine: Origin) and artist HENDRY PRASETYA (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) comes a unique vision of a digital future powered by mythological gods.’
Image loves nothing more than releasing edgy titles that generally push a boundary somewhere along the way; whether it’s a deeply unsettling horror tale or an anthropomorphic love story, we rarely struggle to recall a series that has made its mark on us somehow. One genre which they have had repeat success in this sense, is sci-fi. Their vast back catalogues contain some of the most recognizable titles on the scene. What we have in the new God Complex, is a newly imagined world where AI beings, taking on the features of gods, live amongst the mortals and, in the case of Hermes, an enigma spewing investigator, helps the mortal members of his team, ie Seneca, to solve a string of bizarre murders. But is this just another dressed up cop title?
The tale begins on the blood and rain soaked scene of a triple murder. A little heavy handed on the pathetic fallacy, you may say, however, this holds up well as this mood continues throughout the opening pages of the book. The opening is a dark, brooding affair and this opens the door to the science infused sequences where the theory behind the threat facing humanity from cyber attack is explained. These frames are VR themed as we are taken inside the cyber workings of the city database. This all leads to a devastating discovery that, in turn, ramps up the crucial climax. The dynamism of the style is easily matched by the acute tension in the writing. Seneca is on edge the entire time. Flashbacks of past crimes haunt him and there are more than a few echoes of his own past sins stirring.
Artwise, the book looks great. Prasetya’s ultra realistic style utterly suits the somber tone the writing sets. The opening, in particular, impresses with its constant rain and shadowed, foreboding city streets. Married with Kholinne’s smart colouring, the frames have plenty to gaze upon. The colour sequencing is also worth a mention as each section of the plot, rather than being homogenized, has been colour coded, of sorts, with individual sequences distinguishable by palate and tone. This allows the book to dip in and out of genres, whether the human story, the near horror, or the all out science tinged techno-talk. It’s a book with a wide appeal to be applauded.
All in all, I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a genre-breaking title that fearlessly, and effortlessly, rolls out a story with many fronts. I’d also give it a punt if I was an out and out sci-fi fan, or even keen on modern detective tales. I can honestly say I’ll be very much looking forward to issue #2.
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Review written by Arun Sharma.
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