Ody-C

Ody-C

Vol. 1, Off to Far Ithicaa

Book - 2015
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"An eye-searing, mind-bending, gender-shattering epic science fiction retelling of Homer's Odyssey starting with the end of a great war in the stars and the beginning of a very long journey home for Odyssia and her crew of warriors. The journey to Ithicaa begins HERE, by Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals) and Christian Ward (Infinite Vacation, Olympus)."--From publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Image Comics, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781632153760
1632153769
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly color illustrations ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ward, Christian (Christian J.)

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IndyPL_ShainaS Mar 22, 2019

The Ody-C is as ambitious as its inspiration, sweeping in scope, psychedelic in colors and artistic sprays of blood, with plenty of yonic world-building imagery. It's pretty dang pretty, and sometimes overwhelming. I had a blast reading it, even as I'm not sure if I connected with any of the characters much. The designs of the goddesses are phenomenal. I think Fraction did a great job of presenting a science fiction version of this tale, and I commend him for his gender-bending, but I think there could have been more, let's say, quiet /human/ moments, between all of the grand bloody mayhem and brave displays of bone-ladder-building (one of the most wicked cyclops fights I've ever seen, indeed). This book feels like if Saga (by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples) had a child with Frank Miller's 300, and that child was left in the care of George Miller (he of Mad Max fame). Soooo, go with the Rule of Cool, and check out this strange, bombastic alternate version of Homer's Odyssey! Your eyes won't be disappointed, even if your heart/brain are a little confused.

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mikorangester
Mar 27, 2017

Very good.

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punuckish
Jun 28, 2016

A brilliant vivid re-imagining of the Odyssey in a science-fiction world with no males and no concept of "masculinity". The images are beautiful and the tone is a tough but enjoyable approximation of Homeric language.

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