Review: Acid of the Godz #0
Legacy is something that runs our lives even when we don’t think it does. We wonder how will we be remembered. Our mark on this world can be indelible if we are loved by the ones closest to us. Our mark on the world can also be reviled if people’s memories of you are one of how bad you made them feel. Either way, your life on this planet is limited, and your miles may stop at any point along the road of life.
This is what made Jason Momoa’s Aquaman such a compelling story. He was a prince whose legacy served as a catalyst and an anchor. His quest with Mera, to find an artifact, showed his selflessness and acceptance of a power greater than him. Sometimes you must get out of your comfort zone to do what’s right. In the debut issue of Acid Of The Godz, we meet a young sovereign who must join forces with three warriors to defeat a powerful threat.
An unknown threat has been prowling the border of the Kingdom Of Avaris, nestled in the land known as Alkebulan, leaving those who come into contact, dead on-site, which catches the attention of the next in line to the current sovereign, King Shaba-Ka, Prince Manetho, including the village of the Negus Tribe, whose land is under attack from these foul demons. We find Manetho enjoying the peace Avaris has given his kingdom, enjoying the fruits of his loin, but this threat on the country’s borders gives him pause. Shab’-Ka’s concern for his son is even more alarming, as he knows one day Manetho will be King, and he must be prepared to rule Avaris wisely. We also meet Khepra, who is from the Negus tribe and whose members are dwindling, which is why she has left their land seeking reinforcements, as she finds a recruit in Khalfoni, the last of Segu Warriors, a people who are known for their fighting skills. We also meet another noble, Hodari, whose daughter has an almost fatal flaw, that she shares with him, a malady which the tribal witchdoctor knows how to cure. We also meet Chuma, a mighty warrior whose speed and strength are superhuman and whose heart is divine. By the issue’s end, Khalfoni and Khepra meet the threat head-on, which leaves one of them, at a clear disadvantage.
Overall, a powerful debut issue that gives readers a new world and set of protagonists which shows how we see heroes should be more than monochromatic. The story by Anubis Heru is smart, intense and action-packed. The art by Heru and Ryan Best is awe-inspiring. Altogether, an excellent story that provides of multitudes to how we see characters with sepia tones.
Story: Anubis Heru Art: Anubis Heru and Ryan Best
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy