DREAD GODS #1
Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Tom Raney, Nanjan Jamberi, and Dave Lanphear
Published by: IDW Publishing/Ominous Press
Ominous Press launches with the first of three limited series set in a science-fiction/fantasy universe of epic heroes and insidious villains. In DREAD GODS, gods in a fantasy world discover they’re actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic landscape.
Acclaimed creators Ron Marz and Tom Raney join with art master Bart Sears to usher in adventure like no other! Includes a backup tale by Bart Sears, and a wealth of added content.
In early 2016, I attended SC ComiCon, and was fortunate enough to meet most of the Ominous Press crew. I’m talking of course about the three amigos: Ron Marz, Bart Sears, and Andy Smith. This year, the Ominous Press booth was my first stop at SC Comicon, and I had a chance to briefly catch up with all three creators and even got them to sign some cool stuff.
But seriously Ominous Press guys, you need to bring Tom Raney with you one year. That way I can meet the entire Ominous Press gang and get him to sign something. So please, bring Tom Raney with you to SC ComiCon in 2018,
Anyways, it was while visiting their booth in March that I first learned about their upcoming books, including Dread Gods #1 written by Ron Marz and drawn by Tom Raney. Dread Gods is a series that blends science fiction, reality tv, an apocalyptic world, and Greek gods. Sounds crazy I know, but keep in mind Ron Marz is writing this book. And as any longtime comic book fan can tell ya, Ron Marz always delivers.
In Dread Gods #1, Ron Marz gives us just a glimpse into this new world. He shows what daily life is like for these people, but he doesn’t detail a whole lot. I liked this, because left me as the reader trying to figure out what I just witnessed, and by issue’s end, I was asking plenty of question and wanting more.
Meanwhile, the art by Tom Raney drew me right into this story. No surprise there really, I’ve liked Raney’s work ever since I saw it for the first time in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #292, almost 25 years ago. Damn, I am getting old!
Anywho, Tom Raney’s art keeps getting better and better, and he really makes
the backgrounds and environment of this strange new world really stand out. Man’s world has crumbled, it’s now dirty, and dark place for the survivors. But the god world is very clean, with open spaces, and inhabited by the strong and beautiful gods.
Dread Gods #1 was interesting read for sure, and one that will leave you asking questions, and coming back for more. Thanks to the talent involved, I have no doubt Dread Gods will be an entertaining series to follow.
Dread Gods #1 gets an: A