Sunday, 9 March 2014

Apollo Graphic Novel Review


Review By Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Erik von Wodtke

Art and Cover By
Douglas A. Sirois

Published By AAM / Markosia

Genre
Fantasy, Mythology, Horror

Synopsis

In Ancient Greece, an 18-year-old farmhand and his twin sister embark on an epic adventure to protect their mother, and all they know and love, from Hera, the vengeful queen of the gods.   

Apollo is a graphic novel of classic Greek mythology, uniquely re-imagined within the H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu Mythos universe.

Review

I am a massive fan of mythology of all shapes and sizes..  Greek, Roman, Maori.  You name it, I love reading about it.

Here we have a graphic novel that tries to put an original spin on the Greek Mythology that we know so well but what do we get when they combine that with some of the mythos from H.P. Lovecraft?

Well, we get an absolutely gripping graphic novel with some truly stunning and beautiful art work.  In fact, I would even say that the artwork here is some of the best that I have seen the Markosia company put out.

Mixing Lovecraft with Greek mythology seemed on paper to be a rather risky move on Erik von Wodtke's part yet his writing gels so well that you would think that the two always went together.  The story doesn't feel disjointed in the slightest and kept me absolutely gripped the entire way through.  'Apollo' is one of those graphic novel type of releases that you just can't put down until you're finished.  You really find yourself absolutely immersed in the world that has been created and expanded upon.  That's true of the characters too because you just can't wait to see what is going to happen next on their quest.

The art here, like I said earlier, is some of the best art that I have seen put out Markosia.  Douglas A. Sirois and his clear and concise style seems to have been the perfect fit for this release and the art here really brings the story to life in a big way.  That's especially true in the scenes where you see some of the creatures the populate the world in these pages.

Cover wise, like the art, is absolutely perfect for this release.  Upon seeing the cover, I immediately wanted to get the book open and get to the heart of the adventure.  You can't ask for more from a cover than that can you?

All in all, this is an utterly brilliant release from Markosia but with some of the gems on their catalogue, would you expect any less?  This mash up of Lovecraft and Greek mythology is gripping, exciting and has some absolutely stunning art so this is definitely one well worth picking up.

Story 8.5/10
Art 9.5/10
Cover 9.5/10
Recommended 8.5/10
Overall 36/40

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