“God Is Dead, Volume 1” by Jonathan Hickman

Quick Statistics

  • “God Is Dead, Volume 1” by Jonathan Hickman
  • Fantasy Comic
  • Read as a ebook
  • 1/5 stars
  • Finished January 1, 2015

Official Synopsis

Mankind has argued over the existence of gods since the dawn of time. In modern eras it’s been fashionable to mock religious believers with taunts of scientific testimony and fact. But when the gods of old begin to reappear on earth and claim the domain of man for their own, the world is thrown into a state of utter anarchy. Now Horus walks the streets of Egypt, Zeus has taken over the Sistine Chapel, and Odin is coordinating the dissection of the earth among the returned deities. Mankind held sway over the world for thousands of years and their hubris over that time has made them powerful, but when faced with the divine, can mortal weapons put an end to the second coming of the gods? After the missiles fly and the tanks roll, the gods still remain.

As the world tumbles toward apocalypse, a group of scientists seek to do the impossible… give birth to the gods of science. As the greedy deities battle for absolute rule over the material world, a new divinity arises and the world will tremble beneath the war of the gods!

My Thoughts/Summary

I was hoping the reviews would be wrong, but they were oh so right. So right.

I really loved the concept of this series. I have a love for anything that involves the parthenon of gods and seeing how authors/writers create them in the modern day (or just in general). This fell really flat for me, felt really contrived and really just cheesy. Zeus comes down to the Vatican? (first of all why the Vatican and not in Greece??) and sees the painting of Adam and God and destroys it and decides to take over. Do we know why? No. It seems more of because they can. Maybe the characterization of the gods comes later but I didn’t see any hint of that. I found it interesting that the Aztec gods killed the athiests first? and then people were lining up to be butchered? I don’t know, this just fell flat in so many ways and when there’s amazingness like The Wicked + The Divine out there…I couldn’t get myself into it. Boo.

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