Comic books have become neglected lately. They’re, basically, the source material for other more profitable mediums, such as movie and video games, which is great. But the people forget their own art form and are certainly capable of telling stories in full. This book is meant to be a new book about telling a story about the use of the medium to the advantage of the world, and that makes it a very attractive novel.
Godslap is the creation of Meatier Productions, which consists of the famous YouTuber Charlie White, also known as “Coordinator 1” among its founders. White, along with Jackson Clarke, Matt Philips and Danny Palmer, are among the richest on that property. Stephanie Philips was the writer of the project; Ricardo Jaime did the art, the white Troy Peteri and Jackson Clarke have their hands on the lettering and the writing respectively.
Godslap is an action comic book that tells the story of Aius, Darius and Cyann as they embark on an adventure searching for answers about themselves and the world. This story has the protagonist in a dure of Montpelier, a den of criminels, and most of a sketchy man who can eat you alive at each corner. When the innocent, yet powerful Aius decides to enter this territory, he will re-entering forces who never understand him.
Godslap stands out from other indie comics, especially from the moment you turn the first page. Comics are very visual; the words that are written on the page are just as important as the visuals. If these two elements can attract you, you’re going to have a good time. Godslap makes sense when it comes to visuals, and Ricardo Jaime proves his work was one of the best at the moment. This comic is based on the striking white-and-black style that will certainly tell many many famous Sin City comics.
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There is a lot of Sin City here, not only because the comic is in black and white and therefore hears that famous work, it also has its atmosphere surrounding the countryside of Montpelier. The city is a city populated with criminals and can’t get close to the unnamed city of Sin City. These are places of danger, corruption and deceivation. Everybody who steps into that kind of territory must get ready for their lives. To the contrary, Godslap adds a bit of science fiction, making it different from Frank Millers comic book.
Godslap is a much more modern cyberpunk than any other world. Cyberpunk already shares a lot of elements in the noir genre, but now the creators have decided to break that with a bit of those elements and in turn focus on something else. Godslap gives you a little idea of what you’re in for. This is a brutal story about superhuman individuals who have been upto another level thanks to technological advancements and also to a secret ancient technique that pulverizes everything in front of them.
The first two books of the comic do a great job of creating the world and characters. This story isn’t particularly original. Aius is much more in line with other chosen people who have no idea what they’re like. And while it feels repetitive, it is really good to have someone who can ask the correct questions. It’s a narrative device that is used too much, but a reason still makes the case. The story of Aius is tense, but there are already indications that it’s his origins.
Godslap feels influenced not only by cyberpunk, but also by the manga. That same effect has been made by video games, too. There are hints of Capcoms God Hand and even close similarities to the Tekken story line that will surely make some part of the audience feel like this story could be as cool and entertaining as those. The characters and their depth are already too close to the eyes, but they certainly look cool as they damage their enemies by destroying their ancient worlds with the use of some old fashioned slap.
Godslap promises to be a powerful story full of action and mystery, and will be a must-see story of art and magic. That’s the word that really can define the whole project so early. With Ricardo Jaimes art, there’s more potential there than the original, and it is really the most impressive element of the comic. The characters don’t get far either, but with just two in there, there’s just a lot of character detail that can be done in such a short time.
In the end, Godslap presents an entertaining and interesting new beginning to a new story that will try to use the comic format to really tell his own story. Of course there’s always interest to do more than one thing, the less one is so much to accomplish is to get out the tainted TV or movie deal, but it would be pretty cool if a creator could focus on making the best comic books they make. For now, having an adaptation is a pleasant goal, but, just like in the world of manga, writing an adaptation that’s complete in itself has to be the main goal.