The art work is consistently stupendous, but while there are a few moments of irreverent fun, the dialogue remains a little dry in comparison to the bombastic art work and colossal themes explored. Overall, Ody-C turns out another compelling issue to the series.
The action and violence throughout the story are at the forefront as always, but #4 is arguably the first time the story and art work in Ody-C are on the same level. The writing and art work compliment each other to deliver a cohesive and compelling story.
Between its emotional weight and exploration of love and outsider mentality, great art work and what is simply the best dialogue in comics today, Rat Queens is as close to perfect as comic books get.
For all its glorious violence, laugh out loud humour and elements of classic fantasy, Rat Queens has a lot of heart and emotional weight, which makes it stand out from other fantasy titles and explains why it’s pretty much the best series out at the moment.
There are many great qualities about Ody-C; the gender-switch is a refreshing interpretation that provides a nuanced and challenging reading of such an important, well-known text. The narration and plot, however, can be murky and difficult to follow, drowned out by Ward’s exquisite art work. The second half of the comic is when Ody-C truly comes into its own, suggesting that the comics’ success lies in the messy carnage and action.
Bitch Planet #2 may not be as action-packed but it certainly just as visceral, and we receive more insight into the frightening male control suffered by the inmates. Beautifully written and illustrated, Bitch Planet is arguably one of the most compelling, entertaining and provocative comic books of the moment.
Issue 2 of Ody-C is more accessible and coherent than the series’ debut, even if the illustration is still too gorgeous for its own good. Ody-C has such huge scope and reading it feels like a huge experience: it is overwhelming and epic, as a series of this scale should be.
Impressively for the first issue of a new series, Bitch Planet is so effortlessly rich and engaging. DeConnick and De Landro have hit the ground running and have created a funny, dark and visually provocative comic book.