Anyone who has read Neil Gaiman can reasonably ascertain why his writing is so magnetic. His prose can be at worst lyrical, at best heavenly. His development of characters gives you more than intimate look at these figures. The first book I read by him that drew me instantly was Neverwhere. It’s a rather ubiquitous and weird tour of those places not on the map, and hiding some of the most bizarre characters in London.
Then there was his run on Sandman. The comic series is a true masterclass in how to write an epic story while doing a deep exploration of character. The one work that has catched the public’s attention is American Gods, a tale of old and new gods right here in America and its popularity has only expanded with the television show. The show is currently in its second season and has made new fans of his work. While espousing on a variety of issues it shows audiences just how relevant the story is. In the debut issue of American Gods: The Moment Of The Storm, we find the Gods in the midst of war, burying an old friend.
We find the Old Gods transporting the body of Wednesday to his proper burial site, as a war between the old and new Gods are at its peak, and this burial offers a temporary truce. As Shadow, Anansi and Czernobog, enter Media’s house, the fragile cease fire leaves all especially Shadow uneasy. As he gets a visit by Mr. Wednesday through a dream, where his old employer warns him of the impending consequences of this meeting. By issue’s end, Anansi and Shadow share some air as Anansi lets him know of the slight the New Gods have sent the Old Gods direction.
Overall, a story that is both eccentric and compelling. It’ll both satisfy new and old fans. The story by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell is charming and intelligent. The art by the creative team is serviceable. Altogether, a story that dips the reader right into the world which is both familiar and mysterious.
Story: Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell, and Glenn Fabry
Story: 9.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy
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