“In a ruined and impoverished world, most people can’t live like a God necessarily. But they can live through them.”- Comic Bastards
Written by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Raney.
For the people living on earth, the Greek gods are very far away. A desolate wasteland, with nothing much to offer anybody, many have only one thing to bring them joy–getting to see the show that the gods put on for them each day. Connected by a jack implanted in their necks, they are able to watch the gods with all of their romances and wars–all of their drama and action. It is the one thing that each person has to argue about, discuss at length, look forward to in the terrible reality that is their lives. The show is put on by a mysterious figure named Prometheus–who appears only on screen to remind them that he is the one bringing them what they desperately need–a distraction from the reality of their lives.
For Carver, the show is a necessity. Wheelchair-bound, with a big head and bulbous eyes, Carver is widely considered a freak and is shunned by everyone around him. He has to fight his way to Prometheus each day among the hordes who don’t care how difficult it is for him to get through the crowds in his wheelchair–and only want to get to the show more quickly themselves. The gods, once he can plug into the show, are the only real company he has.
As Zeus defeats a hydra sent by his brother, the people begin to unplug, go back to their lives, think about what the next episode will be like–but Carver stays plugged in, and so he hears Zeus’s plea–that someone will free them, that only someone will help the gods in the great struggle that is to come. Carver–the only one to hear–knows now that the gods are prisoners, players in a show they did not agree to put on–and he knows that he is the only one who can help them.
With the drama of the great Greek myths and the danger of a post-apocalyptic world, Dread Gods by Ron Marz (Green Lantern) and Tom Raney (Uncanny X-Men) follows the most unlikely of heroes as he sets out on a mission to rescue the most powerful beings in the universe from a villain he doesn’t yet know. Carver’s realization that the Gods are prisoners themselves explores modern day themes from privacy and security to propaganda and spectacle. While the people of Earth are lulled by the entertaining drama of the Gods, the Gods themselves are actors in a show they never wanted to be a part of… but who is controlling them all? And who is really watching?