Julian’s adventure carries on where issue #2 left off. Having just discovered he possesses supernatural abilities that can kill, what better way to come to terms with taking your best friend’s life than to have sex with the goddess Venus. Interesting start. Though, before you can say “colposinquanonia”, Julian finally wants some answers. For instance, “Who are you?” Whilst not a silly question, the timing of which would have raised an eyebrow or two.
Venus speaks of ‘two greedy men’ who want to stop Julian using his power, and the only way to prevent such a possibility occurring is for him to kill them both! Julian addresses his suspicion that he’s being used for something, though for what exactly isn’t all certain. What is certain, however, is that he’s clearly being used! At least from a reader’s perspective of the current situation.
Upon taking a vacation together to the coast (destination unknown), the duo meet the first of the two alleged ‘greedy men’. Lo and behold… it’s Neptune! What transpires next is a moment of trepidation helped on by Neptune’s blaring aloud for beach goers to run for their lives.
Now with trident in hand and having referred to Julian by the name of Zagreus, Venus throws in a final word, convincing Jule that the god of the sea is there to kill him even the more.
Let fighting commence!
If you haven’t yet come across the works of Pat Shand yet, believe me, I’m giving you the tut of shame. ‘Tut, tut, tut’. It is, like Pat’s other work Robyn Hood, only going to be a miniseries story arc, but to date it has been nothing short of sheer brilliance. If you are one who is swayed by the art of a comic, Jason Johnson is the one responsible for what you’re looking at, including Ben Sawyer’s addition to the colouring. All in all, this is another good issue to the Godstorm story. Julian continues to develop into a strong and bold character displaying a vast array of emotions for quite a hench-guy. In ways, you find yourself feeling a certain sympathy towards his past, yet when you focus on his present day actions his future could change all that. It could be argued that Venus, who is now accompanying Jules, is pulling his strings for the most part: the more Julian continues to listen to her the more confused he is becoming. Just because a buxom blonde tells you to do something, doesn’t mean you should do it, surely? If your understanding of Greek mythology is a little vague, Venus is defined as being the goddess of beauty and love, which will explain the four pages of unexpected sex. However, going around looking beautiful isn’t solely her goal; even since Godstorm #0 was released, there are hints of something more sinister brewing. That much is evident.
Answer will be revealed soon enough. But has the damage already been done?