Godshaper #1 (Boom Studios)
Does anyone remember the Spire? It was an incredible comic with a deeply realized world, fantastic art, and the best use of lettering we’ve ever seen in a comic. It was written by a man named Simon Spurrier, and that man is back with a new tale set in a new world and it sounds like the exact sort of intense madness that we’d expect from this sort of mind.
The conceit of the world in Godshaper is that every person has a god and that there is a god for every person… except some rare people are sort of left out. Instead of having a personal deity, these people are gifted the ability to shape the gods of other people. This does not make these people very popular because no one likes to have their god remade into something other than what it is supposed to be.
Weirder still, some gods exist without humans. Awkward and lost, these deities lack purpose and become a little, well, a little touched. These deities are effectively the divine homeless, begging for scraps of faith from people that probably avoid them because what could be more depressing than a homeless god?
The comic follows a man without a god and his homeless god best friend as they wander around, trying to find work, shelter, and food. It’s high concept stuff that should explore the concept of what a god is, and what gods and their followers owe one another. It’s a world with a fifties aesthetic where worship replaced both technology and currency, and that sort of weirdness requires a lot of thought to execute well.
In the hands of a lesser writer, we would be worried that this concept would be wasted, but Simon’s already proven that he can do some incredible things with the Spire, so we have faith in his ability to tale this parable. The idea is to work an angle where capitalism is a literal deity in America and to follow two people that are down and out, those that are left behind by the cruelty that capitalism unchecked causes to fester.
As intriguing as all this is, though, there needs to be an artist that not only gets the concept but is also able to capture it; thankfully, Jonas Goodface has been tapped for the job and he’s what we might call the perfect choice. You might have been lucky enough to catch his work in Greetings, Resident or Werewolf in Space and if you didn’t, well, you can find them by clicking here.
Really, this just looks great and we can’t wait to read it.