Matt Fraction & Christian Ward “ODY-C Vol 1” (Image, 2015)
The elevator pitch for this is easy. It’s a female version of the Odyssey IN SPACE!
Talk about a divisive book! Look at the reviews that are out there! Almost all 1 or 5 stars. There seems to be very little middle ground.
The art here is absolutely amazing. Trippy and futuristic, it reminded me at times of early 70s art. Not quite album cover stuff, but maybe a lost psychedelic comic or book? The art makes it worth buying on its own.
The story is interesting, if a bit off putting. Fraction uses a highly stylized technique modeled after the style of the Odyssey. This seems to be very divisive. Personally, I didn’t have a problem with it, in fact it seemed to add to the epic feel of the piece.
Dim the lights, put on a scorching version of Dark Star, light up some incense, & get your mind ready. You won’t regret this.