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Byron Brewer

Review: Chaos War: God Squad #1


CHAOS WAR: GOD SQUAD #1 Story: Marc Sumerak Art: Dan Panosian  Colors: Antonio Fabela Letters: Dave Sharpe Cover: Dan Panosian Publisher: Marvel Release Date: December 2nd, 2010   Aside from Chaos War: Dead Avengers (and the return of both Mar-Vell and the Vision), this one-shot spun off from the ongoing Chaos War event was the book to which I was looking forward the most. (After all, there is no Chaos War: Silver Surfer #1 – although by Feburary, there might be!) Look at the cast: A who’s who of soft sci-fi that could easily fill the ranks of any Cosmic Avengers roster: The Silver Surfer, the Eternal Sersi, Hellstorm, the goddess Venus (kinda) and a giant white cat I was hoping to be  Snowbird but which turned out to be Wakanda’s Panther God. Unfortunately, despite the Surfer’s presence and some good writing – especially at the end -- CHAOS WAR: GOD SQUAD #1 actually has me longing for Chaos War #4, and we all know how lackluster this series has been thus far in many ways. I am not sure where the problem arises. I know the mission of this new God Squad. The Kami of Japan once trapped Chaos King in the Japanese Underworld of Yomi. The trouble comes from the fact that even with the God Squad’s help, the Pantheon cannot seem to “put the genie back in the bottle,” as the solicits say. Matter of fact, as in the event itself, allies become enemies and you do not know which way to turn. I did enjoy the way the action in the story moved. It was the Marc Sumerak script itself that was lacking, I think, and the Dan Panosian art did not help. The Surfer’s head in some panels looked like Namor’s in the 1930s as rendered by Bill Everett. Fine for Subby, not so much for the Sentinel of the Spaceways. I did like the bit with Venus and Kraken, and how it was interpretted by the Surfer, as well as the sacrifice of the Panther God. T’Challa would be proud of Wakanda’s representation. But otherwise, dullsville. When this title was first solicited by Marvel, I wished it were a 3-issue mini like Dead Avengers. Better, I see, as a one-shot. Better luck to the God Squad in Chaos War #4. Sorry, but even with the Silver Surfer, Hellstorm and Sersi, this was a yawner!