New Gods Issue #1 (1995 – 1997) Review​

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New Gods Issue #1

By Rachel Pollack, Tom Peyer, Luke Ross (Penciler), Clem Robins (Letterer), Patricia Mulvihill – ‘Trish Mulvilhill’ (Colourist)

If you want to check out the other issues in this series that I have read and reviewed, click here.

A new odyssey begins as Darkseid abandons his quest for the Anti-Life Equation and goes after the greatest prize of all: the Source itself. His violation of this most sacred of energies threatens to destroy not only gods of New Genesis but the entire DC Universe. It falls to Orion, son of Darkseid and warrior of New Genesis, to overcome his evil heritage and oppose his father’s mad plan.

Summary from Goodreads.

New Gods issue #1 set the scene for this 15 issue series. Set on the planets New Genesis and Apokolips, we are introduced to the main characters that this series will revolve around: Darkseid, Izaya, Scott Free, Orion as well as the people of both New Genesis and Apokolips.

The storyline of this first issue explains why New Genesis and Apokolips have been at war with one another, and how peace between these two planets came to be. But, more importantly than this critical backstory (that sets up what is to come), we find out about Darkseid’s master plan.

The art style is more what you would consider ‘classic comic book art’, but it works extremely well in this context. Whilst it is more ‘blocky’ than the artwork in the more modern comic books, it does not feel like it. My only grievance with New Gods #1 is that at times this style of artwork does not paint a better of what each planet (New Genesis and Apokolips) look like. Whilst we are told one is a paradise and one is a living hell, it was not illustrated as well as I would have prefered.

If you are interested in reading about the New Gods, then this first issue would be a great place to start.

4/5

Have you read New Gods #1 (1995 – 1997)?  Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Get it on Comixilogy here.

Purchase the trade paperback of issues #1 – #11 on Amazon here.

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