Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Tony Parker
Letterer: John Roshell
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Release Date: 10th March 2021
In the wake of slaying Zeus at the conclusion of the God of War III video game, Kratos finds himself cursed with “deathless misery”, wanting nothing more than to cast off the shackles of the Blades of Chaos and rest. However, in this new Dark Horse Comics series from writer Chris Roberson and artist Tony Parker, it becomes apparent that destiny has more in store for the God of War, and no matter how hard he tries to outrun it, he cannot escape what lies ahead.
It’s an interesting concept, but this first issue feels more than a little repetitive at times, going to great lengths to establish and underscore Kratos’ curse time and time again, but ending before it really has a chance to get its storyline hooks in. There are vague allusions to the aforementioned “destiny”, but nothing tangible as we essentially get the same set-piece four times in a row as Kratos tries to discard and escape his cursed blades, only for them to reappear every time he awakens from his delayed slumber.
On the plus side, Tony Parker’s artwork does a great job of conveying Kratos’ growing frustration at his inability to leave his shackles behind. His aesthetic choices – including the panels themselves, which look like ragged scraps of paper of parchment – also help to give this issue a dynamic feel, despite the lack of any quote-unquote “proper” action. Extra kudos to Dan Jackson too, whose colours – the fiery reds and oranges in particular – really help to emphasise the impact of the returning Blades of Chaos, and Josh Roshell’s creative use of lettering throughout.
I’m a big fan of the God of War franchise as a whole, and the pedigree of the creative team is enough to convince me to stick with this one, but I’d have liked a little more meat on the bones of this first issue to really get my excitement flowing. Ultimately, this is a solid introductory issue that doesn’t quite find its feet before it ends, and I’ll definitely be checking out issue two to see how Roberson and Parker build on the story they’ve started here.
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