The Game has Begun in Odina #1 (Review)
Created &Written by: Onaji Rouse
Illustrator: Eric Blake
Colors: Beto Menezes
Letterer: Rodney Jean-Etienne
Published by Konkret Comics
A battle has broken out in the heart of Atlanta. Monsters from who knows where are taking on the last members of the elite SS program, a group of heroes who still fight the good fight. A new challenger has entered the field. Felix, the would be pharaoh, is on a mission to end the world. Enter: the new kid on the block!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Its Odina, a new sharp-tongued, powerhouse not quite ready to join the ranks of superhero history. Unfortunately, evil comes whether we like it or not.
What Worked For Me
When you think about a setting for a superhero to make his base, your mind might go to New York. Not this time. As someone who lives in the metro-Atlanta area, its pretty cool having heroes and monsters having it out in the backyard. Also, having their secret base in (spoilers) was pretty cool in my opinion. What better place in Georgia is their for a secret super headquarters. Makes the comic feel a bit personal. (Is this how people in New York feel reading Spider-Man?)
The costumes. Even though they are all different, at first glance the remaining SS program crew looked pretty uniform on the battlefield. Then, here comes Odina flying in to really stand out. Love it! All the different shapes, sizes, and colors of our heroes was nice as well.
I’ll tell you what, I love a sassy hero. Odina isn’t here to take any guff. Teamwork may not be her cup of tea, but she may be the extra push needed to save the world. I do wonder how far the creative team will take it before Odina breaks away from the group. As the star of the show, and not one depend on others, its only a matter of time before she really shines.
What Didn’t Work For Me
Early on in the book there seemed to be some sort of page break. It read like their were one or two pages of action missing from the story. The “10 minutes later” kinda felt like a fill-in-the-blank moment. I think if there was a little more there, that bump in the road would be smooth.
The costumes. Yes, I can all hear the collective groaning. Look, I’m not a huge fan of leotards as costumes. I just think it’s too common a choice for female characters. Some of them had pretty good designs though, but that’s just a matter of personal taste. Fear not, dear reader! Keep flipping through and you’ll see what Konkret Comics is capable of.
There is a deeper history running deep in this book. Magic. monsters, mayhem. To sum it up, I would say Odina #1 is your standard superhero comic. I can feel that there will be much to explore with this series. It has been a while since I’ve reviewed indie comics, and I think Odina #1 was a decent jumping off point. Want to know what else Konkret Comics has to offer? Take a look at their website as Konkret Comics continues to carve out a space in indie territory.