Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Olympus: Rebirth #1 Review



Written by: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Art by: Caitlin Yarsky
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Pat Brosseau
Cover art by: Julian Totino Tedesco
Cover price: $5.99
Release date: August 23, 2022

Olympus Rebirth (One-Shot) pulls back the curtain on the gods of Olympus after Wonder Woman saved them from the Graveyard of the Gods. Now that Hippolyta has ascended to take her place among the gods, will she be welcomed with open arms, or are her troubles only beginning?

Is It Good?

Olympus Rebirth #1 borrows from the ongoing Wonder Woman title and more than a little from Gaiman's American Gods to build the world of Olympus after the gods have returned. Hippolyta is the welcomed newcomer, but she quickly finds ascension to godhood isn't quite paradise. Is this issue worth the extra pages and the extra cover price? No, not really.

In fairness, this issue isn't terrible, but it is unnecessarily long and mostly devoid of energy (read: boring). You're effectively paying six dollars for 40 pages of conversations and exposition. The entire point of this issue is to flesh out Olympus, the gods, their current predicament, and foreshadow things to come. There is a brief amount of action, but the fight has no consequences other than to do a little character-building for one of the gods.

The down point, if you could call it that, is the complete undoing of Wonder Woman's resolution involving Chaos and the Graveyard of the Gods. What was supposed to be one of the few consequences of Wonder Woman's journey in the afterlife is now gone with little to show for it. At the end of this issue, the gods are right back to where they started before they "died" but with Hippolyta among their ranks.

What is the foreshadowing? It's the promise of a coming war. Against who and why is not mentioned, but the hint of war is dropped, and that's all. 

This issue is the first time I've seen Yarsky's art, and it's decent enough. The line work is clean, the panel compositions are solid, the facial acting is serviceable, and the one fight scene is also serviceable.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Olympus Rebirth (One-Shot) is an overlong, dialog-heavy exposition issue that focuses on fleshing out Olympus and the gods after their rescue from the Graveyard of the Gods. The information is useful, and a few tidbits foreshadow Wonder Woman's future, but the issue is largely a boring information dump.



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