Jersey Gods opens with Hecticus, Helius' "evil, twin brother" downing a plane. Brunswick then intertwines the budding relationship of Zoe and Barock with the latter's superhero doings.
Surprisingly, it's the superhero portion of the book that fails to enthuse. Normally, I cannot stand a talking heads book and prefer the heroes to hit something, preferably a lot of somethings, but this issue of Jersey Gods is an exception.
The whole "evil, twin brother" shtick died with the introduction of Garth, Michael Knight's "evil, twin brother." There's simply no way you can ever again take an "evil, twin brother" seriously if you have seen David Hasselhoff chewing, nay ravenously feasting, on the scenery as Garth. In addition, the Knight Rider announcer intoned that Michael was about to contend against his "evil, twin brother." The mere phrase is enough to cut me quickly to the floor where I become a pool of giggles. Sorry, but the concept is dead.
The evil twin's rationale for downing the plane remains a mystery. Hecticus isn't expecting Barock to show up. There is a tiny suggestion that he needs to absorb energy from the plane, but what makes the energy from a plane so special when compared to, say, the energy from a volcano. If energy absorption is his game, he could have theoretically caused no mayhem by sucking out the power from a magma meal.
Hecticus sends the plane careening to where Barock and Zoe happen to be looking at a house. That's a little too convenient for my tastes. I suppose Hecticus could have sensed a godly presence on earth and aimed a plane at it, but I would like the writer to imply such a twist rather than infer it.
Let me just say that the artwork is sufficiently exciting. Dan McDaid taps the Kirby zeitgeist without sacrificing his own unique style, and I like that he displays the plane rescue (a tradition in comics) in a series of inventive panels that rely upon rarely seen angles. In addition, the plane rescue provides a wonderfully witty one-liner for Brunswick to exploit.
Brunswick's words consistently sound natural. In the scene where Barock and Zoe have dinner with her father and mother, the writer instills the feeling of eavesdropping on a perfectly ordinary conversation between a beau, his belle and her parents. The commonplace in this case does not translate into the mundane. The dialogue instead pulls you into the story and makes the relationship more believable.
Jersey Gods continues to be one of the newest enjoyments on the racks, but this issue had some problems regarding an explanation for the villain's behavior and an unfortunate downfall through pop culture.
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