Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Andy Smith
Reviewed by: Rick Garcia
Writer Ron Marz and Artist Andy Smith have joined forces to bring us a new (and arrogant) Hero with the powers of Hercules named “Demi-God.” The well built and very confident hero introduces the reader to his origin story in a fourth wall breaking intro.
Slacker Jason McAndros is a typical slacker. He shares a messy apartment with his cat, works a dead end job at a sports bar named “Sluggers”, and pines for his beautiful coworker named Daphne. The only friend that Jason seems to have is his manager and friend, Dylan. When Daphne’s extremely jealous boyfriend pays a visit to Sluggers things quickly escalate and end up changing Jason’s life for the better (?).
Ron Marz has been writing comics for years and he has a knack for straight forward and efficient scripts.. There are no multi page panels of two or more characters sitting around and reciting dialogue that have no bearing on the plot. Marz always keeps things moving at a brisk pace and that is part of what makes “Demi-God” entertaining. In some ways this book feels like a throwback comic from the 90’s and that’s a good thing.
Andy Smith is an artist who has been in the industry for a long time as well and his work on this title is some of his best work. He is equally adept at drawing powerful mythological characters such as Cerberus and Hercules as he is the quiet scenes such as Jason’s sad morning routine.
The vibrant colors by Michael Atiyeh and the wonderful lettering by Steve Dutro round out this talented creative team. The only drawback to this issue is that we do not see the title character in action at all, but it is still entertaining enough to recommend. I look forward to seeing what Marz and Smith have planned for “Demi-God.”