|[ DEATH AND THE SALE ]|
To QUOTE Friedrich Nietzsche: 'God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?'.
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And most importantly of them all, it was about bloody time Hal
teamed-up with Black Hand and sorted out this New God's mess once and for all.
Well, who else were you expecting? Sinestro and John Stewart, perhaps? Ha! Don't make me laugh. Those two jokers couldn't even manage to get out of the Multiverse Prison. Even with Parallax in toe. So, as expected, it's down to the two h's to fly on out to the Source Wall and give Orion and his Divine Guard a good run for their money.
In a manner of speaking, of course!
Being a fairly avid comic book fan I've come to expect to see the following three things whenever I pick up a multi-part cross-over event. Firstly, I expect to see most instalments edging their way towards the finishing-line one issue at a time. Secondly, I expect to be entertained by a couple of facts and characters I'm not used to seeing in a more conventional narrative. And thirdly, I expect a unified cover design that somehow makes the overall experience feel more special.
And did I get this? Yeah! Yeah I did more or less. But what I wasn't expecting was page after page of exquisitely crisp and clean art by Francis Portela -- loved his expressions on Black Hand by the way -- complemented with a simple story-line that was told in two distinct halves.
Well, whilst the first half of the tale basically set up the second half of the tale -- more on that point later -- the second half of the tale was one very dynamic looking fighting sequence I wanted to see more of. Honestly, folks. I wanted more of an exchange between Hal and Orion. I wanted more of Black Hand's dubious machinations. And I wanted more, more, more, more images of New Gods getting their asses kicked into touch. Ka-pow! Lovely stuff!
I suppose the only aspect about this adventure I wasn't too keen on was how the first half of it came across as one big delay. Well, with all due respect to Robert's simple story-line, essentially this portion of the plot did feel a bit exposition like in execution. First we had a scene showing John and the gang trying to get out of prison. Then we had a scene where Hal talked Black Hand into helping him out with those pesky New Gods. And finally everything came full-circle with a scene I was expecting to see in the first place -- Hal, the Hand, and Orion fighting out in front of the Source Wall.
Now please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to say I didn't like following this simple structure. Yet I did find it fairly predictable in execution. That's all.
As implied in my previous Friedrich Nietzsche quote, by in large I felt that this comic book evolved around two specific subjects -- God and Death. So with that in mind it's over to you 'Black Sabbath', with your dirge like anthem, 'God Is Dead?'.
On a conceptual level I'd say this instalment of 'Godhead' was about finding a man associated with death to help out with life. Sound good to you? As it does to my comparison! Or to be more specific about it, those men and women of life and death we all call the undertakers.
Now without giving too much away I'd say at the very end of this book Black Hand looks at the Source Wall and says something rather cryptic. So just for fun -- possibly -- can you guess what he says out of the following eight options?
- It's alive!
- It winked at me when I wasn't looking.
- It's a mass grave!
- It reminds me to stop masturbating.
- It never smelt like that before
- It's a horse.
- It's complicated, but I think it likes me.
- It's 'Cousin It' from The Munsters television show.