Jersey Gods #10 Review
- Published on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 20:57
- Written by Andrenn
It’s been far too long since I reviewed Jersey Gods for the Revolution. While I’ve been reading the series on a regular basis and loving it I’ve just never reviewed an issue since #5 earlier last year. But now I’ve got issue #10 in my hands and this series deserves to be reviewed again!
Writer: Glen Brunswick
Art: Dan McDaid
Story Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 9 Night Girls out of 10
Synopsis: Helius is singling to himself in his containment orb, bugging Maya as she overhears. (and she’s singing “I’m bringing Sexy back” and I’d have to say yeah, he’s totally bringing it back) His singing annoys Maya and she is getting stressed out. He convinces her that he can give her a great massage and she agrees.
Back at Neboron we see Rushmore on the hospital bed getting patched up. Lurella is angry that she can’t do anything to help him and stays by his side (I smell a new romance brewing! Go for it Rushmore, evil princesses are awesome) Barock and his brother Avidus rush off to earth to safe Helius.
LA is talking to Hector about how he and Maya connected when beating Rushmore. Hector scolds him about how obsessed he is with her (to be fair I’ve seen guys obsesses just as bad as he is only with Miley Cyrus…guh…) as he insists still they had a moment and they walk into their lair they see Helius massaging a now naked Maya and he insists it’s not what it looks like (I'm totally not banging the love of your life, I just tripped and fell into her. It happens.)
LA gets pissed and throws Helius out the window (talk about a major cock-block) but Barock was flying by after tracing the energy signals of Helius’ gloves and catches Helius. But soon LA is blasting at them. He smacks around Barock and Helius a bit as Maya fights Avidus.
Hector sees an injured Helius and is overcome with grief so he extends a hand to his godly father. LA blasts at Helius but Hector jumps in front of him and gets killed. LA grabs Maya and runs since they know their outnumbered now. Helius mourns as he realizes his first and only son is dead.
Zoe is being taken home by Barock’s mother and she keeps finding the wrong planet. Finally they reach earth and Zoe’s mother insists on taking her to the very door, running into Zoe’s parents on the way to her house.
Back with Barock and Helius, Barock says they could take Hector with them but Helius insists that Barock turn Hector back into his human clothes so they won’t suspect anything and that he can be buried on earth where he made a life for himself.
After Helius mentions Barock losing his father, Barock starts thinking about how much he loves Zoe and how she’s his home. As Barock gets home Zoe is getting out of the shower and they start talking. Barock wants to share his god force with Zoe, making her immortal like him. She thinks it would involve her parents as well but Barock reveals the offer is only good for her.
The Good: Jersey Gods #10 was an excellent read and once again reminded me that Jersey Gods is easily one of the best comics out there each month. With strong pacing, great action and incredible character work Jersey Gods is easily a comic everyone should be reading and this issue reminded me of that.
Brunswick succeeds on a lot of levels with Jersey Gods, but I think his highest success is the pacing of this arc. The Abandoned has done great for pacing a strong storyline and building up to an exciting conclusion. Something that not all writers can do really and Brunswick really blew me away with the pacing of this arc.
Of course as always the characters continue to be both fun and interesting to read every time. Brunswick never fails to make compelling and exciting characters and once again he utilized them very well here. I especially liked Helius in this issue. Brunswick gave us funny Helius as well as Helius suffering his first ever loss and it was handled very well.
As always the Barock and Zoe relationship develops nicely. In this issue they are hardly together until the very end but Brunswick still makes their relationship a pivotal part of the story and important as well as interesting. I love the way these 2 interact because it always feels general and real and it’s always interesting to read.
Brunswick has made 2 great new villains with LA and Maya. While both alone don’t seem like very big threats with Neboron technology it was exciting seeing how well they handled it and I hope we see them again as they really are exciting and interesting new villains.
One thing I wasn’t expecting was the possible Rushmore/Lurella relationship. Rushmore is a great character and he does have a connection to Lurella since they are from the same city but I didn’t expect her to care for him. This is an interesting new dynamic and I really hope that we see more of it when Rushmore pulls through.
Brunswick shines most here with his ability to balance the comedy and action along with the drama. Most writers can only focus on one aspect, first action then maybe a bit of drama at the end. Brunswick blends these 3 aspects of a story beautifully and it makes a really great conclusion to the arc.
My best example is how in this issue we got a fight scene, a death and a hilarious moment as Helius seduces Maya. It’s all there, a full package in one comic and that’s more then most readers could hope for but Brusnwick did it and it was great. All 3 emotional points where hit excellently but never did it feel like one messed with the other and it worked amazingly well.
The fact that Brunswick can transition from Helius singing a Justin Timberlake song, to an intense fight, to a dramatic death is masterful writing and it’s sadly something we don’t see enough of today in comics. This is a really personal story and the reader really feels emotional investment here. It’s powerful writing and the sign of a really good writer when he affects the reader like that on so many levels.
Any writer can just randomly kill off a character for shock value and then try to make the readers feel bad about it. It’s easy really and it happens all the time but to just hit that one note is so boring and overplayed. Rarely is a death given any real emotion behind it. A character just gets their heart ripped out and we’re done with it. Readers can’t give a damn of Iron Man’s girlfriend gets shot if she’s dead and we move on like nothing ever happened.
Brunswick succeeds in making me feel bad for Hector as he dies. Sure he was a nefarious guy but deep down he was just mad at a father he never knew. He came to terms with his anger and finally got to see his father for the real man that he was only to be struck down. It’s tragic in the way that most deaths in comics can only hope to be and it really hits you in the heart to see that.
Helius’ reaction adds a new layer of pain to it as well. It’s one thing to kill off a character then expect the audience to simply feel the emotional ramifications, but when we see the characters affected by it then that’s the real accomplishment. Helius’ final words about the son he never knew where touching and heart breaking.
Action is another important aspect to this issue and the action was great. I especially loved McDaid’s layouts as he really went outside the box and it paid off. I love unique panel lay outs and it was great here as he really gave us a fun look on the action while it retained its intenseness.
The ending was both a great ending for the story arc and a hook ending to excite me for next issue. Brunswick has been building to Barock’s relationship with Zoe getting to the next level and him doing something major like this. It’s really exciting to see how she’ll react next time and Brunswick has set up a perfect hook ending, exciting me for more but still leaving me satisfied with what I read.
Much as I loved the story I also loved the art for this issue. McDaid has grown so much over the past 10 issues of Jersey Gods and his art at this point is purely excellent and great stuff. It’s some of the best art Iv’e seen from him and he handled everything so amazingly well, the comedy, the action, the emotion is all there and it all looks gorgeous with McDaid’s unique style.
The Bad: I had no complaints with this issue.
Overall: If you’re not reading Jersey Gods you owe it to yourself to check this series out. It’s got everything, amazing pacing, great characters, fun comedy, great action and real emotion as well as great art. This is easily one of the best comics out there and this was another amazing issue. Brunswick and McDaid did an amazing job here as they have been doing with this series.