ODY-C #8

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Christian Ward Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 28, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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He of Troiia must tell the story of his life - or face its violent end.

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Kay Honda Oct 30, 2015

    As Matt Fraction himself says in his notes on every final page of his issues, “Anyone can tell you these are myths and not literal histories. Yes. Of course…Histories get erased. Stories live on, eternal…What if our stories didn't saydon't get despoiled;what if our stories said, don't despoilinstead?” Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Andr Habet Oct 28, 2015

    The final few pages of the comic, told from the perspective of one of Queen Ene's new crew members, tell a sadly familiar narrative of a Q'af woman who's raped and murdered by a gang of men that go unpunished, the guilt of the action leading to the erection of a city of bone where Ene's crew have visited in search of a means of escape from the planet. With the brother-kings' story leading to one of my favorite issues so far with this comic, I'm hopeful that Fraction and Ward can continue their streak with Queen Ene and her crew of exploring new ways to use comics to create an emotional response that's not only fun, but terrifying and beautiful. In a word, sublime. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Nov 2, 2015

    The story is being told separately as a tale to both Ene and He by different characters, which allow us to be slightly removed from the abhorrence, giving it the feel of a cruel fable (or perhaps a cautionary tale). ODY-C #8, like The Wicked + the Divine #13 before it, uses finely-wrought fiction to skillfully place a glaring light on violence against women, taking a historic view while emphasizing its relevance today. Fraction gives it massive emotional resonance, and his thoughtful afterword greatly assists in processing the incredible violence and raw emotion. This is a comic that will echo in your mind long after you've finished its last page. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Nov 2, 2015

    ODY-C is so, so different than anything else out there and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. There have been some peaks and valleys, but this was a particularly strong issue that might move us closer to some cohesion of the stories down the road. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 28, 2015

    "ODY-C" #8 is a swirling tale of death and destruction, even as one hopes here's a chance for the people of Q'af to finally be freed of their imprisonment. Is that ahead? Thanks to Fraction and Ward deliberately diverging more and more from the original source material, your guess is as good as mine. Regardless, seeing the journey unspool will be part of the fun. Even in the most awful moments of this issue, there's something about the craft in which it's told that makes you want to see more. Perhaps hope hasn't truly died on Q'af just yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jonny Stone Nov 4, 2015

    A huge improvement on previous issues, hopefully this outing of Ody-C signals a return to form Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    The Rainbow Hub - Logan Dalton Oct 28, 2015

    Ody-C #8 is definitely a side road on an epic journey that was the first arc of this series. Sure, it's a thematically and visually rich detour as Christian Ward uses silent nine and sixteen panel grids complete with evocative flower imagery to show the deadly triumph of Hyrar and Zhaman. Eventually, he literally bathes the page in red while showing readers the brothers' angry and sad eyes because they lost their one chance for love in their lust for power and objectification of human beings. But in its plot and character arc, the comic Ody-C continues to blow off course even if it is a bloody reminder of the ravages of the patriarchy. Read Full Review

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