“God is Dead” begins anew. The second coming has laid waste to the planet and a strange new status quo has been established around the one “true” God, Gaia. The world is torn asunder and new beliefs have polluted minds. Mike Costa’s script provides a somber post script to the events of the first arc that hints at the salvation of humanity.
The events of “God is Dead” have been enormous and far-reaching. It is no surprise that the planet is literally destroyed and that the minds of those who survived latched onto the one God that rose from the dust. The length of Gaia’s rule isn’t clear from the script, but it seems she has held the world for quite some time.
Science is dead, most of society has been destroyed, and worship rules over all. It’s a blind devotion to the very thing that destroyed the world. A strange concept that Costa makes easy is that if we fear these beings are believe in their power we won’t reject them. Conventional wisdom suggests humanity would fight and resist but Costa makes a case for blind faith.
Frigeri’s art is more on the subtle side for this month. Usually the action within this book is bombastic and features buckets of gore being drenched over city-scapes, but here the art lingers in the ruin of what’s left. We’re treated to the decadence of Gaia’s liar, and wildlife reclaiming the lost continent of Australia. When the gore does come back Frigeri handles it expertly, and really shines when it comes to the higher concepts introduced by the concept of “Dreamtime.”
The concepts pondered by “God is Dead” show much deeper roots here than I could have fathomed. It’s a beautiful extension of the questions left over from the first arc combined with a radical new set of things to deal with. I’m not sure how Gaia will be dealt with but it is clear her rule is problematic.
Costa dares to toy with the concept of what makes a God and in doing so exposes a lot of truths about the trends in human nature. We’d like to believe that we’d hold onto science no matter what happens but primal fear and divine salvation hold a lot of weight in the back of everyone’s mind. What’s more is you see that these pillars of belief actually father a certain comfort level with disarray. No one is trying to rebuild, everyone is more concerned with spreading the word.
The birth of a new religion in a devastated world isn’t a solution but a plight. It makes people comfortable with the shitty state of everything and offers a half assed solution to pain, Costa is working hard to fight against that faith, but I’m not sure if he’ll ultimately be successful, science is our only hope.
Rating: 3.5/5 Skulls.
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