Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and breakout talent Jonas Goonface create a new world of wonder in Godshaper #1. In this world, there is a god for every person and a person for every god—except for a select few, like Ennay. Ennay is a Godshaper, a godless social pariah who has the ability to mold and shape other people’s gods. He travels around with Bud, a god without a human, as they search for shelter, food, and money to get by.
Spurrier’s writing is upbeat, fast-paced, enthralling, and exciting. It’s not easy to create an entirely new world, but Spurrier does it rather well. This world is devoid of most physics, but is infested with gods to take its place. It’s a pretty “out there” idea, but it works damn well in a story as fantastical as this one.
Even so, there is an element of reality thrown in. We still see humans, class systems, friends, enemies, struggles, etc. The all too real concepts of ego, humility, homelessness, and human interaction come up and are explained in the most truthful of ways. Characters’ dialogue is kept blunt and meaningful.
Spurrier’s script is very straightforward, but it adds a lot of small nuances that make his characters pop more than usual. Enny’s character is really high-energy and focused. He is a bit androgynous, which makes his character all the more appealing. He can easily speak in public, and has a suave way with words. Bud has a mild obsession with hats… It’s a god, a small creature, an innocent-looking thing, and all it wants is a hat. That’s freaking adorable! Clara Smith (Smudge), a broke and crippled woman trying to get back on her feet, impacts Enny and Bud’s routine a little more than expected—or wanted.
Goonface’s illustrations are gorgeous. There is so much color, so many pastels, an immense amount of vibrancy, and it proves to help the script in depicting the new world. The characters don’t look all too realistic but, in this case, I kind of like that. The line work isn’t exact and isn’t the cleanest, but it portrays the vulnerability of what has become the “norm.” The lines are very angular, and the inclusion of extraneous lines to add to shading and detail definitely gives the issue some more personality.
This is a great issue to read if you’re into fantasy. The environment has some relatable elements to it, but the storyline is mostly set in a world that lets us escape our own. I’m really excited to see where Ennay and Bud end up, because their journey gets a lot more serious at the end of this issue. Intrigued? If so, head over to your local comic shop (comicshoplocator.com) and give it a read!
Written by: Simon Spurrier
Illustrated by: Jonas Goonface