Godshaper #1 Review – Best to brush up on your Jive talk!
Written by: Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by: Jonas Goonface
Lettered by: Colin Bell
Covers by: Jonas Goonface, Sonny Liew, David Aja, Jen Bartel
Godshapers, a book that takes place in an alternate universe. In 1958, the laws of physics went screwy. Gone are electricity, ignition (no gas powered anything), or anything that made life easy. In its place, individual Gods. Not Gods like what you might think, Gods for greed, to be bodyguards, part ornament, part assistant. A God for every person, a person for every God. There are some exceptions, people called Shapers. They basically can manipulate your God for you so you can change its look, powers, etc. Sadly, they are despised, drifters, incapable of wealth.
The writing on this book was fantastic! The narration was crisply separated from the character talks with color. It was orderly, and told the background to the story, interjecting its ideas when needed. The character’s conversations were quite articulate, they flowed and simply made sense. About half way through the book, the conversation/talk switched to Jive talk, a popular slang utilized by many back in the late 50’s through the 70’s. You hep? You Hip? You one of those stalejacks? A pop-sickle? The lingo must have taken the author a great amount of time to master, because it comes off flawless!
Art on the cover was pretty nice, liked the lines, but it was the splash color that I truly enjoyed. Each item gets its own color, with lines for shading. Very much like early 1960’s style art. Not psychedelic type art, more solid with heavy outlines.
Interior art was very simplistic, but showed what it needed to and only what it needed to. Some scenes were quite busy, but others were simple, just a few characters and what was needed to tell the story. Boxes weren’t your typical 7 boxes per page, loved the fact that we had some angled and mis-shaped pages.
Interior art 4
Wrapping this book up, a very solid 4+ effort from Boom! Studios. Simon and Jonas really tell an interesting story, one that will keep me coming back to learn more about.