Odyssey of the Amazons #1
Writer: Kevin Grevioux
Artist: Richard Friend
Colors: Tony Avina & Tony Washington
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Covers: Ryan Benjamin
Editor: Jessica Chen & Jim Chadwick
Publisher: DC Comics
Odyssey of the Amazons begins with a mission: Amazonian General Hessia is dispatched by Hippolyta from Themyscira to Man’s World. Why? It seems that there are lost Amazons, spread far and wide and Hippolyta, for reasons that are yet to be divulged, wishes them returned home.
This story is set long before Diana was a thought and tells of the Amazons’ interactions with those from several other pantheons and countries before Themyscira was cut off from the outside world completely. Grevioux paints an interesting picture of the internal politics of the Amazon nation, in some ways reminding me of the Amazon episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess. Hessia is questioning Hippolyta’s decision to keep the Amazons isolated beyond recovery/rescue missions and has a touch of the wanderlust. Meanwhile the other Amazons, while happy to return to Themyscira (Hessia makes sure it’s a choice to return, not a command), are questioning the constant fighting they’re engaging in as they make their way home.
Grevioux lays the groundwork for the upcoming story, yet it doesn’t grab me as much as it could. There’s a sense of hurriedness about the proceedings, almost like a pilot episode of a television show: too many plot points, characters and locations are introduced at a time with not enough expansion given to any of them. However, I’ve hope that it’ll even out in further issues as the idea of an Amazon civil war, if done well and for actual good reasons, is intriguing.
Richard Friend, Tony Avina and Tony Washington give us some excellent artwork. The colors are popping and the fight scenes magnificent. Each new location, though there are many, is distinct and gorgeous and each Amazon is unique looking. Of particular note are the features of our warriors: each lady clearly hails from a distinct land and it shows, in their builds, looks and fighting styles.
Overall it’s a decent beginning but it could be better. 3 Triaxes out of 5 .