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In a world in which there is a god for every man and a man for every god. Everyday necessities have been thrown to the wayside in this new America. Things like technology, currency, and freeform music have been replaced with the help of deities helping humanity get by.
This is the rich world that Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier and up and coming artist Jonas Goonface have brought to life in BOOM! Studios new series Godshaper, which releases its first issue this week nationwide.
In this story, we follow our hero Ennay, who has no god of his own but can reshape the form of other gods. Godless beings are looked down upon in this universe and a treated with the lowest respect. Ennay travels with a god named Bud, who has no owner and should technically not even exist at all. The two outcasts push forward simply trying to make a living by playing music in dive bars and getting caught up in dirty side jobs.
Godshaper is easily one of the most unique stories I have read in some time. Spurrier creates a vast new and original world brimming with fun and interesting characters that go beyond the norm. Gods in this world come in many shapes and sizes depending on their owner and almost act as Pokemon like entities, defending their believers at any cost. Goonface brings a real and gritty look to the universe while staying beautifully vibrant echoing something out of a Ralph Bakshi animated film. The first issue does a fantastic job of setting up the world of Godshaper and does not feel the need to hold your hand throughout. It simply throws into a world of colorful and interesting gods and believers alike who are just trying to get by in this new age that is barely holding on by a thread.
By reading the dialogue, you instantly get the sense that the English language has started to diminish. Characters speak with a different kind of slang than maybe you and I may speak with. Our main characters are fun to follow and leave you wanting to know much more about them. This book is something special all on its own and reinvents the flow of independent comics.
Don’t sleep on this incredible story! By the gods, I promise you will not be disappointed.