writer: Matt Fraction / artist: Christian Ward / Image Comics
“Who the good fuck are these whores in my home?”
If you had any trouble with the first two ODY-C books from Fraction and Ward completely going egg whipper on your brain, then you might as well take some Tylenol now. Shit gets wild. You’ll notice that there’s a man in the first page of this book. Just kidding. It’s Zeus watching her child be born, but disguising her true form. Hera—who is either tired of Zeus’s infidelity, loves to destroy mortals for her malicious appetite, or both—makes Zeus reveal her true self to her latest fling and BOOM, mortal parts all over the place. No mortal can take in the sight of Zeus in her true form, so we have a new child (Dionysus) and mortal remains all over the page, accompanied by an ornery Hera.
Even if you only have the most basic knowledge of the Odyssey, you know that Odyssia will find a way out of the Cyclops Pens (read: troughs), but you feel real anticipation in waiting to discover how that’s going to play out. Fraction continues to speak the High Valyrian to good but dizzying effect and Ward continues to paint a world of endless space and treachery. You know the story, but not the way these guys tell it. It’s definitely one of the most unique books you could be reading.