Chico Comics Page Review: Demi-God #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Ron Marz
Illustrator: Andy Smith
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Steve Dutro
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
Right off the bat, I loved that this comic didn’t take itself too seriously. You can tell that Ron Marz really knows how to have fun with the comic medium. Jason McAndros/Demi-God breaks the fourth wall just like the Marvel character Deadpool and tells the readers his origin story even though he knows how cliché it is for superheroes. At moments, I thought to myself “this is the reason I love characters like this.” I feel that not all comics should be dark and serious. Some can be, but it’s great to read some that are just fun and bizarre. After a long day of work, this comic is a breath of fresh air. Jason is a relatable character and makes fun of his past self any chance he gets. Whether it’s trying to go after the girl/guy of our dreams or just being flat-out lazy bums who don’t feel like cleaning up after ourselves, we’ve all been Jason at one point or another or we have had friends like him. When you see Jason’s apartment, it’s filthy and it tells you what kind of person he is right now before getting superpowers. It seems that he is a guy who is still figuring out his life and is not too confident, whereas later, confidence is not a problem. He even makes fun of his past life as he is telling you about himself. It’s just laughable, but you can tell his character has grown in a sense (not just the fact that he went from skinny kid to well-built Demi-God). I love that this book brings a modern twist to Greek Mythology. Growing up, I loved watching the Disney movie Hercules and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So whether you are a fan of Greek mythology like me or just want to read something fun, this comic is definitely worth checking out.
The art by Andy Smith and the colors by Michael Atiyeh made this comic very vibrant and fun. It almost seemed like it could have been an adult animated cartoon. I love how it starts with Jason breaking the fourth wall with an all-white background wearing his whole costume at the beginning and then he starts telling his origin story. As the comic is ending, he does it again telling you to come back for more in the next issue and I really enjoyed that. The character just has so much personality and I love that. At the beginning of the issue, I love the little details in his apartment at the beginning of the issue. You can see a longbox, an Xbox One, and clothes everywhere (dirty or clean, who knows?). One of my favorite panels is when he is eating cereal, his cat comes over and looks at its bowl as he’s pouring milk in his cereal and it clearly wants some. Jason doesn’t pay the cat any attention and leaves to go to work. The cat looks at the reader, gives them an annoyed look that says “Seriously, he couldn’t feed me before he left?” and continues to drink milk from his leftover bowl of cereal. Little things like that really make an issue for me. The facial expressions on the characters were great too. The lettering by Steve Dutro really allowed the story and art to flow nicely.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this comic and I think everyone should give it a shot. If you are a fan of Deadpool or Hercules, I think you’ll love it. Having the character break the fourth wall at the beginning and end of the comic really just made it come full circle and it made me smile. The issue ended on a cliffhanger that left me wanting more, which any well written comic should do in my opinion, especially if it is a first issue. You want to have your readers/fans coming back for more. Some comics I read will either try to explain too much or not say enough to the point where I don’t feel invested in the character I am reading about. That is not the case for Jason McAndros a.k.a. Demi-God. At times, he reminded me of a less responsible Billy Batson/Captain Marvel/Shazam from DC. His character just seems like the type to not take life too seriously until something really bad happens.
Meet Jason McAndros. A kid who has no regard for responsibility. His apartment looks like it’s seen better days. He works at a sports bar called Sluggers where he is currently going after the girl of his dreams, Daphne. One day, Cerberus (a three-headed dog-man) shows up, causing utter panic and chaos. Why is Cerberus here and what does he want?
Zero to Hero! Are you a fan of Deadpool or Greek Mythology? Then this book might just be the one for you. Jason McAndros is a character who doesn’t take himself too seriously and he isn’t afraid to let you know it. This book is not about your average superhero and that is what makes it enjoyable. The art is practically adult animation and really gives the comic its own personality. The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a chinstrap on the beard scale, which is an 8/10.
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