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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Psychedelic Gender Bent Re-Telling of the Odyssey in Space

ODY-C, Vol. 1 - Christian Ward, Matt Fraction

I understood right away, from the obvious title, that what I would be reading was a retelling of the Odyssey with women playing the major roles rather than men.  Also, set in space.  I was very interested in reading a comic book that was a switched gender retelling of the Odyssey set in space.  

 

However, what I got instead was just too difficult for my perhaps limited faculties to take in at once.  Perhaps it would have made more sense if I had taken some acid.

 

The dialogue was at times completely off-the-wall hilarious, other times just bizarre and then there were the times I was like, "That's Offensive!"  If I hadn't known the story of the Odyssey I would have been as lost as Odysseus himself.  I also really didn't understand the need for some of the f*cks and c*nts and other hate speech interspersed in the text.  Just don't get the word choice, is it supposed to shock?  Or something?  Maybe it was supposed to help meld the Homeric style with the futuristic setting?  I just felt less respect for the authors.

 

Then there is the art.  The colors are beautiful and some of the page spreads are truly gorgeous.  The characters are also visually enticing, but rather hollow. I especially enjoyed the depictions of Zeus and Hera.  It wasn't really a switched gender book, most characters had both masculine and feminine aspects, which I thought was much more interesting than merely switching genders, but there was no discussion or meaning to it.  I thought that there should be a point to it all, but aside from drawing characters with both aspects there didn't seem to be any reason behind it or anything to give readers pause for thought.  Oh yeah, and the whole levels of hell thing...that was weird and kind of offensive.  I think I saw more boobs in this thing than Captain Kirk sees in a year.  Well, maybe not that many.

 

Even with a ready made plot all set for them by Homer it just didn't come together at all, made pretty much no sense at all.  Though I'm sure if I was high when I read it, my mind would have been totally blown, man.