Review – Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes #1
Illustrated by Anna Wieszczyk
Written by Matteo Pizzolo
Cover by Nen Chang
Published by Black Mask Comics
Available 7th July 2021
WARNING: MATURE IMAGES, LANGUAGE, EXTREME VIOLENCE, NSFW
in Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes, orphan Tommy continues his quest to find a new heart for his dying sister, but he’s been captured by The Republic. Anti-heroine Halfpipe wants to rescue Tommy, but she’ll need help from mysterious bounty hunter Soledad, who’s not exactly in the helping-people business. From Matteo Pizzolo (CALEXIT) and Anna Muckcracker, the comic that Zac Thompson said “pushed me further than I’ve ever been pushed” returns to ratchet up the chaos and roar through the comic market, spitting punk rock fury, thundering into your eyeballs and running roughshod across your brains with its often mindbending, sometimes horrifying, always clever & devious tale of sci-fi magic, apocalyptic sex, and subversive mind bombs.
Writer: Matteo Pizzolo
Created by Matteo Pizzolo and Anna Muckcracker as an underground comic in 2008, Godkiller was adapted into an animated film directed by Pizzolo and distributed by Warner Bros in 2011. It was then released to the direct market by Black Mask Studios in 2014. Godkiller was also the project that laid the groundwork for Brett Gurewitz and Steve Niles to collaborate with Pizzolo on what would become Black Mask Studios.
Pizzolo ramps up the action from the get-go with Halfpipe and Soledad returning to Beezal with the Niburi Box and a few surprises along the way.
Stripped of their weapons they negotiate for Tommy’s serum before his body explodes into a storm of spiders and flesh. After losing his arm, they use this to entice Beezal and she greedily licks it to taunt and insult the pair. But hidden within Halfpipe is a secret that will finally turn the tables on her.
Pizzolo is playing to the masses with this irreverent, raunchy and exotic chapter of the much-beloved book.
I am not going to waste the shocking act of revenge Halfpint wrecks on Beezal but it will make this issue memorable.
Artwork: Anna Wieszczyk
Before we chat about the art of the issue is worth talking about the stunning covers Black Mask have commissioned for this issue with comic book stores will also be receiving a secret “thank you” variant cover in their deliveries this week. The variant features the standard painted cover by Nen Chang in a virgin state, without logos or trade dress, and has been limited to one copy per store. This will surely be a CGC worthy prize for ardent fans.
Wieszczyk artwork is a mix of cyberpunk and anime with thin, angular characters. The works look stunning like stills from a film and a full of colourful and sexy images and poses.
The original team behind Godkiller are back with the much-delayed fan-favourite. I would suggest buying the graphic novel or film before you dive into this bawdy, sexy dystopian tale. It’s is very NSFW so do not download it onto your office PC but get down to your local shop and get a copy of one of the hot variants.
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