American Gods:The Moment of the Storm #1

Neil Gaiman is giving us more American Gods.

American Gods:The Moment of the Storm #1

Written by Neil Gaiman

Scripted by P. Craig Russell

Illustrated by Scott Hampton

Lettered by Rick Parker

Published by Dark Horse

Picking up after the death of Wednesday, Shadow and gang meet Mr. Town and Co. to recover the body of the incarnation of Odin.

I can’t exactly place this story in the timeline of American Gods because people seem to be meeting for the first time.

I was looking forward to some Sandman vibe and I kinda got that in that the script is gleefully full of imagery. The story is painted around us as readers.

Where I didn’t get the vibe was in the art and letters. Come on! Scott Hampton, comics are to be drawn. You served me some cheap photoshop tricks. Exhibit A, the van of page 4 of my copy. Looks ok. Exhibit B, C, the van—twice—page 6 has flipped the image of the van and reused it. Okay, you drew flowers on it.

Dude, you are drawing Neil Gaiman! Redraw the damn van! And put the wipers on the right side!

The lettering pleased me that it took me back to Walt Simonson’s run on Thor. However, Rick Harper, did you draw the lettering, sir? Lines crossing over art, not meeting at the edges and sometimes arrows pointing the wrong way.

Please.

You only get 3 of 5 stars and I’m leaning to 2!

Pay attention over there at Dark Horse.

Go to your comic shop to complete this embarrassing series of Gaiman stories. You can find it on Dark Horse’s website.

Lonnie Webb

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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