What They Say:
Abdul Alhazred is an Arab-American folklore professor turned soldier whose fear of death stems from uncertainty about the existence of an afterlife. Then he joins THE GODKILLERS, a special forces unit tasked with fighting insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. Now that he knows the supernatural exists, he’ll have to decide which is worse—death or the night-marish monsters he thought were mere legends.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Godkilers are hunting down a penangglan, a species of vampires, while being in the middle of the ISIS war in the Philippines The ramifications of the deal that the Godkillers made with the penangglan are structured well and I hope it gets touched upon more. It brings into question the morality of the individual members and how they have to deal with this beast. Who can be considered the true beast in this story or is everyone a beast?
The art for supernatural beings is fantastic. The supernatural beings are given vibrant designs that display how horrifying they can be. The backgrounds in the panes where the supernatural beings appear are painted in a way to match the intensity when they are introduced or causing havoc upon the community.
An issue that I have while reading this is that it doesn’t know what story it wants to commit to. The central focus of this story is driving by Alhazred and the other Godkillers questioning their beliefs and if what they are doing is right but there are moments where this feels too much. This story is also trying to insert horror and action into the mix but those moments happen briefly. Horror and action would be good to take away from the seriousness of philosophical discussions.
This issue is about getting its feet in the water and painting a picture of where the future is headed. It’s fascinating that the comic creators are going beyond the basic understanding of what a vampire is and doing something more with vampires and going deeper into the lore of vampires. This issue goes into a certain subspecies of vampires, penangglan, that originate from a different country and I hope further issues continue on this path.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Aftershock Comics
Release Date: March 25, 2020