I’ve written a bit in the past on the gorgeous comic Ody-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward, and would like to share some of my thoughts.
First off, let me tell you a bit about the series. In short, it’s a version of Homer’s epic The Odyssey that is set in space with a cast of (nearly) all women. Everything from the art, character design, story, and the fact that Fraction writes in a rough approximation of the dactylic hexameter of the source material makes this comic a must-read.
With that said, here are my 5 reasons you should be reading Ody-C.
If you’re looking for reviews, I’ve got those too. Here is an excerpt from my review of issue #3:
After a century of war, Odyssia and her warriors have left Troiia in ruins. Despite their victory they have many challenges yet to face, not the least of which is the ire of Zeus and Poseidon. Having dealt with treachery on her own ship and resisted the temptation offered by the Lotus-Eaters, Odyssia is once again on the path home.
Ody-C #3 begins with a flashback to the birth of the goddess Apollo. Or is it Dionysus? After the tale of her birth, her two names are used interchangeably by other characters. But don’t let this switcheroo confuse you; I swear it’s intentional. Fraction writes in “The Rose-Red Fingers of Dawn,” the letters column of Ody-C, that he merged the two characters to avoid an otherwise inevitable deus ex machina built into the original narrative.
…and an excerpt from my review of issue #4:
Ody-C #4 is gross. Red and purple and brown carnage spills across its pages. It may be strange to call such gore beautiful, but there are many strangely beautiful things about this comic. As graphic as it is, particularly in the first few pages, it doesn’t feel like it’s played for shock value. I mean, the gore portrayed is about as disgusting as I imagine the lair of a carnivorous cyclops would be. Not that it’s something I imagine often.
In this installment we return to Kylos, where Odyssia and what’s left of her crew plan their escape from the Cyclops’ gigantic, carcass-filled troughs. Surrounded by dozens of their slaughtered comrades, those left alive fashion ladders out of the spines and ribs of the dead so that their sisters will not have died in vain. I won’t spoil the details of the escape from the Cyclops, but it shouldn’t be a surprise that Odyssia, at least, does escape to sail through the seas of space for another day.
I hope you’ll give this series a shot, and if you do, I hope you love it!