Jessie Robertson reviews Poseidon IX #1…
Journey to Triton, where luxury is a cyborg’s reward for worship of their God-King Poseidon. But in blue oceans lurks a sleeping terror-from before the Ascension, before even civilization as we know it!
We open with a prologue that grips you as soon as you read its details: An extinction level event is doomed to hit Earth, so genetic modifications were made to the inhabitants of our world, with 9 chosen rulers put into a hibernation to wake and rule over their own section of the world.
After that we get a buff man waking up in bed, with a beautiful woman and a man who looks like his twin. He comes off as arrogant, obviously in charge, and he begins shouting out orders. A sea creature attacks his city and he has an army of clones at his bidding. A plan is formed to take out the monster and recruit it to their own usage and the leader takes action himself to ensure its success.
The art is my favorite part of this book; just like with the story telling, everything about this feels like Saga-lite. A dystopian universe with strange characters, but at least the art is large in scale, while still feeling like this is a place that exists somewhere. I couldn’t relate to anyone in this issue and didn’t feel drawn into why I should care that there’s a giant squid ready to eat every meaty gymrat filling up these pages. I love the over-arching idea of the story but the first issue doesn’t draw you in on words alone; if you like the art, as I did, this isn’t a bad pickup but it would have to be a slow week at the comic store for me to throw this in my want pile.
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