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Pantheon #1

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Pantheon #1

I suppose since Greek mythology is all the rage now with “Percy Jackson” and “Clash of the Titans” hitting movie theaters and bookshelves. We should have expected a deluge of Greek god-influenced comics. This is a post-modern interpretation of the Gods as conceived by Michael Chiklis and Anny Simon Beck, and penned by Marc Andreyko. (Andreyko spoke to CBR about the comic and his work with Chiklis.) Set some time in the not so distant future, this story is split between two major settings: “Old Miami,” which is apparently Miami flooded underwater; and Greece, home of the Greek gods.
The cast starts out small, as most new comic series go, but winds up being a cast of two by the end of this first issue. Events in the two locations trigger the attention of Zeus, who bears a slight resemblance to Chiklis (with a goatee), whether intentional or not.
The story, by and large, is not very memorable nor exciting, despite the fact that it involves explosions, secret agents, and sharks. It is, of course, just the beginning, so there is a lot of ground to cover. Andreyko gives us some shocking events — or at least events intended to be shocking — but the depth of the characters these events impacts is too shallow to merit emotional investment.
The art by Molnar is serviceable, with straight-ahead camera angles and settings, but it lacks a sense of line and weight that leaves it feeling unpolished. There are some areas that are underdeveloped, such as some of the artifacts that Ham (the protagonist) finds that seem to float in midair. The blood trail wafting up the shark’s nose is almost cartoonish, and indicative that Baumann is still finding a comfort level with his artist as the two work to find a connection. Molnar has the chops, he just needs more definition.
Chiklis’ concept has potential, but the recent wave of attention given to the Greek gods makes this book lackluster, especially since this features the cliché move of “Who dares disturb my slumber?” It is going to fall squarely on Andreyko’s shoulders to define just how this re-imagining of the Greek gods stands apart from the many interpretations that have come before, both those in present day and those of yesteryear.
This is a book I really want to like, but this first issue just hasn’t sealed the deal for me. Maybe the concept will become more worthwhile as the “Pantheon” is further revealed.