Christopher is your average, ordinary, every-day dude looking for meaning in life beyond his job as a paint salesman. Unfortunately for him, the only ones who seem interested in his future are the strange Reclamation cult who believe that some humans are really just the prison of rebellious gods sent to the Earth for punishment. Of course, in Ordinary Gods #1, that just so happens to be the case.

This is the part where I sing the praises of this book to the highest heavens. The book starts off with high-intensity action to grab the reader right away, sets up the world in a Lord of the Rings movie-esque expository scene that is just the right amount of length, and then perfectly executes the character building of our main protagonist Christopher. The humanity of Christopher is so well established in so brief a time that the shocking events that occur at the end of this issue carry an amplified gut-punch to the reader. Additionally, while the history of the gods is sprinkled throughout the main story, the transitions between scenes are masterfully handled in a way that is logical to readers and keeps the story fresh. The juxtaposition between an epic war in heaven and the slice of life for Joe Schmoe is a brilliant touch.

The artwork and coloring also make this issue shine all the brighter, with the detailed, hand-drawn feel that adds authenticity to the godlike beings and the unsuspecting human cast. The variety of coloring matches each setting perfectly, and oftentimes, the contrast between colors makes the individual panels stand out that much more.

Ordinary Gods #1 is an excellently-paced debut issue that blends ideas from The Wicked + The Divine and The Bourne Identity into a wholly unique adventure that is sure to be an instant fan-favorite. Our introduction to the world and the characters is near divinely-inspired, and I eagerly anticipate the following issues to see how this universe will expand and how our godlike prisoners decide the fate of humanity.

Ordinary Gods #1


Excellent Pacing


Blending Wicked + Divine with Bourne


Action-packed and emotive artwork


Diverse coloring


Holy crap that ending



  • Writer: Kyle Higgins
  • Artist: Felipe Watanabe
  • Colorist: Frank William
  • Letterer: Clayton Cowles
  • Publisher: Image Comics
Michael Farris Jr.
Michael is a Virginia-born Idaho convert (stuck in Georgia) and a huge fan of sci-fi. He took time off from comics and sci-fi during the dark years of being a teenager and trying to impress girls, but has since married an amazing woman with whom he regularly can geek out and be himself. He's also a drummer, loves metal music, and can always be found in a melancholy state while watching all things DC sports.

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