Fallen takes deities from various ancient myths and throws them into a neo-noir world of mystery and suspense. While at first it may seem like another take on ancient gods shoved into a modern setting, the following two issues are in fact setting the stage up for an even grander story. And that is something I can’t wait to see unravel.
The first kicks things off with gods dealing with ambrosia-related deaths among mortals. But this quickly takes a hard turn upon the death of a certain Olympian. #2 follows Casper Clay as he tries to figure out who killed said Olympian. He does this while going against the Greek gods in his search for clues. While the narrative is setting up a bigger arc, it uses gods from various other myths including Norwegian and Japanese.
It might seem like a lot. But the characters are well written and believable – at least to a certain extent – in this provided setting. Matt Ringel could very well give Neil Gaimen and his book American Gods a run for its money. He clearly has a vision of the story he intends to tell. And right now, he’s setting up the building blocks for the upcoming issues. The real question is, will he be able to deliver?
This doesn’t mean that all the characters feel true to their origins. One noticeable exception is Loki, playing the trickster in the Norse mythology. In Fallen, he seems to be at fewer odds with his brother and father. I look forward to seeing the other gods the future of the series will introduce. It seems like the story has only scratched the surface and intends to go deeper the further it goes.
Beautifully presented, every scene drawn could easily pass as a piece of art in its own right. The artist, Henry Ponciano, is incredibly talented in his role. The framing of each panel feels cinematic to a certain degree. In fact, more than half the panels in the first two issues alone would make great pieces as stand-alone art. Together, they form a narrative that just makes you anticipate every turn of the page. Even the character designs rival that of DC and Marvel comics; not just in style but also in detail.
While I fully intend to continue reading the series just for the art, in regards to digital readability, it is smooth and enjoyable. However, the font is too small for me to read on my phone. Probably because of a large amount of exposition through speech. This is a minor complaint as it is perfectly fine to read on my tablet, computer and kindle. However, this may pose questions of accessibility in the future of the series.
Overall, Fallen is an enjoyable read. The issues are only around twenty pages each so you could easily get through them on your daily commute. The artwork alone is a good enough reason to pick up the first issue. While it still is setting up the narrative, there isn’t much of a completed story arc yet. If you’re looking for a superhero comic, this isn’t going to scratch that itch. However, if you like ancient gods or find the slow-burning crime drama riveting at all, then this is worth your attention!
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