I began reading Godkiller in a coffee shop that has a reputation for conservative clientele. By the third bare breasted woman I had shut my computer down and decided to continue reading in private. Suffice it to say, this book is not necessarily safe for public reading nor is it a comic book for all ages. But it is truly fantastic.
Godkiller is set in a nuclear aftermath where body harvesting is a common occurrence. We are introduced to two ladies of the evening – Halfpipe and Angelfuck – as they’re meeting with a client – Dr. Mulciber. During this visit it is revealed via sex-magic that Mulciber is looking for a boy who can lead him to an item called the Nibiru Box. After Halfpipe follows up on Mulciber’s vision, Godkiller‘s protagonist, Tommy, is introduced and dragged into the dangerous world of Outer City in the hopes of obtaining a heart for his ill sister.
Godkiller is masterfully told by writer Matt Pizzolo. Too often science-fiction can get bogged down in its own backstory, overwhelming the reader. Here, however, details about the functioning of the world are slowly revealed throughout the four issues. The post-apocalyptic dogma comes into dazzling reality with the information on clans, gods and doctrines. The subtlety of its introduction makes the information seep slowly in until the world is fully realized and believable. And it isn’t often you come across writing that has such a slight touch with such a dramatic impact.
The same slight but impactful touch is present in the characters. Despite there being relatively little backstory, the personalities of the piece are fully realized. Much is revealed about the characters in something as simple as their movements or a look on their face. The book is not dialogue heavy but we still get a deep sense of the characters’ dreams and feelings. Before you know it, you’re deeply invested in their story.
The artwork of Anna Muckcracker Wiezczyk is splashy color with a manga flair, with scenes of the baddies looking like they stepped out of Jin-Roh to the school uniform-like jacket that Tommy wears. The touches are subtle though, more like an influence than mimicry. Wiezczyk truly brings the characters and setting to life. The pencil and coloring range from unruly to precise but they are always beautiful.
The world of Godkiller is dark and depressing, but the characters still have hopes (as disparate as they may be), and this is reflected perfectly in the pastiche of browns and blacks with splashes of buoyant pink and purple. Halfpipe is by far one of the most fantastically drawn characters. Her flowing locks and, later, face tattoo give her a unique look. Wieszcyzk brings her beauty and her toughness to light with her sharp edged drawing.
The violence and sexuality put restrictions on the book as far as readership goes, but never does Godkiller stray into the gratuitous. If you are the kind of person who can overlook that, then this book could not be more highly recommended. Godkiller is an n entertaining sci-fi story that subtlety ingratiates you into a fantastic world.