“God is Dead” ends its first arc by changing everything. A new status quo begins and the battle for the dark age of faith is settled. This new direction may pose more trouble than it has solved but proves incredibly interesting for the future. Jonathan Hickman & Mike Costa churn out a script that manages to completely evolve their premise, while Di Amorim brings the final conflict to life with trademark gut wrenching displays of gore.
It’s hard to qualify “God is Dead.” The title has been misleading from the get go. It has some resonance with every issue but never manages to fully evoke the idea in a literal sense. It proves to be an interesting dynamic because the book is about anything other than Gods being dead.
The new Gods have been birthed out of science and humanity. They pose a threat to the old order and aim to change everything back to the way it used to be. However, Costa and Hickman prove that there is no returning to that golden era of science. In fact it is long dead. The world has changed and not for the better. More importantly the people on Earth have changed and again not for the better.
The final conflict is disgusting and bombastic. This is a issue filled with casualties, and Di Amorim revels in the moments of gore. They are conducted like a symphony of death that shows guttings, and bodily explosions as if it was just any other day. So naturally the book is an absolute joy to experience. There is an panel of Odin here that will burn into your memory and stay there for a while.
The final conflict does feel a touch anticlimactic for my own tastes, but its more so a testament to Amorim’s incredible use of art. The battle is huge and the powers of these creatures make short work of one another. It left me craving more.
This issue totally belongs to Zeus. He is a commanding presence that owns every single panel in which he is featured. His bombastic merriment in the death of others is captivating. He never ceases to be callous and stupidly believes he has won before truly settling all his debts. Since he was the first God to arrive back on Earth this brings the first arc of the series full circle.
Instead of wrapping things up with a little bow Mike Costa opts for a more challenging and complicated ending that will serve to anger most people. I say anger in the best way because huge conflict is just on the horizon, but conflict very different that the rest of the series has had to offer. The book is pushed in a new direction that will challenge what came before it and start a new chapter of mediation of the idea and the ideal of Gods.
“God is Dead” has never shied away from big issues. The philosophical implications of what is happening on these pages could be studied in universities for years to come, get to it before that happens.
Rating: 4/5 Skulls.