Comic Review: Monomyth #1
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Monomyth #1
Written by Siike Donnelly
Art by Eric Ninaltowski
Colors by PJ Catacutan
Letters by Steve Wands
Cover by Eric Ninaltowski
OSSM Comics
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Ever wonder what would happen if you took one of the oldest stories around and turned it on its side? That’s exactly what Monomyth #1 is doing to the story of Adam and Eve. Changing key parts of a story to deliver an entirely different outcome is nothing new. There’s even a genre called alternative history just for that sort of thing. But taking a fundamentally Christian tale and altering it? That’s something you don’t see too often.

Beginning with the War in Heaven is a fitting way to start this comic, mostly since the fallen angels are the ones long believed to have precipitated the fall of man. However, this version of the war turns out slightly different and the bad guy in this story isn’t the one you might expect. Ever wonder what might have changed if Eve had not bitten from the forbidden fruit? What if the first couple had not been banished from Eden? All of these questions are answered to help build the foundation of what is to be the Monomyth storyline.

Several generations have passed and the human race is quite different from what it is today. Violence and rage hold no sway over mankind, life is paradise incarnate. But not everyone is a believer in this utopia. It is unheard of to question the elders or the paths on which they have set forth. Unfortunately, Enoch cares nothing for protocol and is outspoken in his nonconformity. As you can expect, this doesn’t make him popular with the community. But when events take a turn for the worse and outside forces attempt to destroy the peace of their village, Enoch is revealed to be more than just another angst ridden teen.

I must say, I am glad that writer Siike Donnelly didn’t compose the angels’ dialogue in archaic English. Instead writing everything in the modern tongue for ease of understanding. The story itself is good, though it feels a bit spotty at times. By the end of comic, the reader is sufficiently able to understand everything going on, with the expectation of more information in upcoming issues. Coupled with Eric Ninaltowski‘s art, this book as the potential to create an alternative timeline of events to which readers will find themselves drawn.

And while I enjoyed reading it, Monomyth will probably draw fire for the subject matter. Actually, let me change that to definitely will draw fire. I hope that people are able to take a step back and understand that no one is poking fun at Christianity or insulting any longstanding religious dogma. Overall, the book was interesting and presented a new outlook on a story most of us know well. I hope anyone that picks it up gives it a fair shake, though some of the names and the parts they play in this particular story are sure to rub some folks the wrong way.

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