REVIEW: Chandra Free’s ‘The God Machine’ From Archaia Publishing

I saw this book from about 50 feet away while at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) The lovely Chandra Free was sitting patiently at the Archaia booth waiting to speak with the adoring public. I was surprised that she wasn’t overrun with admirers. This book has a quality and feel to it that stands out immensely even if it was overshadowed at C2E2 by being between Green Lantern props and Thor’s giant cardboard hammer…Read on for the full review!

“What this book has that makes it stand out isn’t easy to put a finger on. It has a style uniquely its own. Flipping through the pages, the art goes from brightly colored to dark and brooding. Whimsical art to intensely creepy. Cartoonish to beautiful. The changes artistically flow through the book and never really take you out of the story. Beyond the art styling, Chandra shows that she has a great sense of storytelling. Using the page in interesting ways page after page. Full page splashes occur periodically, but never in an obtrusive way. Many mainstream comics use full pages and they feel like an excuse to draw less. Chandra uses them as moments. On the pages where she uses panels, they are fun and interesting panels. Not just the standard here a square, there a rectangle. The art alone is enough to make you want to pick this book up. And keep returning to it day ofter day.

But there is story too. I know. I was surprised too. This isn’t just a picture book, there are words too. The main character Guy (his name is Guy don’t talk to me about it, I didn’t write it. Besides some people actually are named Guy. Hmmm, never encountered a woman named Gal though. Makes ya wonder, eh.) The gist of the story is that Guy has lost his girlfriend. Some hinted at tragedy took her from the world. Meanwhile on another plane of existence we see Good God and Evil God. They happen upon Guy and his sorrowful plight but discover there is more to him than meets the eye (no, he isn’t a Transformer.) Marcynites are involved. What the hell are they, I hear you ask. Well that is something to be discovered through the series.

Ultimately this is but the first chapter in the story. I am really looking forward to the next chapter. As we see where the intriguing threads that Chandra is weaving lead to. What sort of tapestry will be unveiled from this story? This book easily earns 5 stars. Don’t question it, One look at the cover should tell you all you need to know. Go buy it. After the links there are several pictures from the series.”

5 Out Of 5 Skulls

Guest columnist JimmyZ is the web-master of Horror-Web.com as well as an avid reader and fan of the horror genre.