Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Indy Comic Week - Small Gods

Small Gods



Having frequented the Millarworld message board for a few years I started to get familiar with names of quality indy titles recommended by fellow posters. One of these was Small Gods by Jason Rand and Juan Ferreya. It takes place in the near future where 1% of the people in the world are psychics. This books main character is a member of the Denver Police Department named Owen Young who is a type of psychic called a pre-cog.

A pre-cog is the lowest level psychic power one can have. They get flashes of future events in their head while they are usually sleeping. However, Owen has another secret he is hiding that could put his life and career in jeopardy as well as his co-workers who have been covering for him.

This is a crime drama coupled with science fiction elements and they are blended together quite well. The ways these psychic powers are depicted in this title are pretty realistic. I imagine if psychic powers such as telepathy, empathy and telekinesis existed they would be very similar to what goes on in this book.

I read the first four issues of the series in a TPB called “Small Gods: The Killing Grin”. I highly recommend it to everyone interested in a good crime drama. It’s done in grayscale and this gives the book a very unique look. The characters are very relatable and likeable and the decisions they have to make are very difficult.

As far as I know there are 7 issues in the Small Gods series, with a colored special on the horizon. The TPB also collects a backup story that runs through #1-4 which is set in Denver as well and it involves telekinesis.

If you are someone who isn’t really into superheroes, but want to enjoy the fine art of graphic fiction this is definitely a book you should check out. Situations in it are both real and surreal, but always entertaining.

I suggest picking up the TPB because it is a hell of a good price and there is a decent selection of goodies in the back.

This is a series that doesn’t have a whole lot of material out there another reason to jump on this while it’s still early. You won’t be disappointed.

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