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Review: The Goddamned #4

thegoddamned_04-1“Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain.” Genesis 4:11 

The Goddamned takes place in the time before Noah needed to build his Ark; a time just before God had decided that mankind had screwed up so much that He needed to start over, so He hit the reset button and washed the scum from the face of the earth.

How bad was mankind before the Flood?

Pretty awful, actually, if Jason Aaron’s take is to be believed. This series, which the Nerdist so aptly describes as “the story of the book of Genesis told through a Grindhouse lens,”  is a brutal delight to read. Aaron doesn’t shy away from the brutal side of humanity, and the overall feeling of despair here is almost over powering. And yet despite the brutality and despair, something about the comic that just draws you in.

There’s a stunningly visceral feel to the art that rarely shies away from depicting the harsh reality that the characters face with a scrappy delicately brutal style that although it hasn’t changed at all, did need time to gestate and grow upon my sensibilities. Now I’m a huge fan, but at first? Not so much. I couldn’t imagine any artist and colourist but r.m. Guera and  Guilia Brusco on the book; their work reminds me of the British weekly 2000 AD  in all the right ways, and the sometimes rough edges to the artwork do more to compliment the story than they do to take away from it.

The Goddamned #4 may not have a feel-good tale at it’s core, but it sure does have story that’s worth reading. The Goddamned is anything but a happy comic, and it probably isn’t for everybody (especially young readers), but for those who decide to pick it up, you’re not going to be disappointed.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: r.m. Guera Colourist: Guilia Brusco
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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