Author: Garth Ennis
Artist: Phil Winslade
Titan Books
RRP 17.99
ISBN 1 84023 327 3
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Rosie Nolan is a London zookeeper. She's also a Goddess, one of eight planetary deities, only she doesn't know it yet. Her psychic powers activate accidentally causing a geographic rift between England and Scotland and it is this display that bring all manner of weirdos and sociopaths out of the woodwork looking for a piece of Rosie. Along the way to uncovering her powers she picks up a number of allies including Jeff, Mudhawk and Sam

Goddess is written by Preacher author Garth Ennis and this work is very similar in a lot of respects. While Phil Winslade's art is not as captivating nor graphic as Steve Dillon's work on Preacher it does have a charm all of its own. Goddess picks out Winslade's talents as a young artist with him at home drawing planes crashing into buildings, guys having their heads beaten to a pulp and half-naked female gods.

Constable Dixon and the Butcher Bruvvers (roles not unlike Grandma and the good old boys in Preacher) provide some rather sick comic relief, if you can call it that, as they try to track down Rosie so that Dixon can kill the man who murdered his police colleague (as this man is also after Rosie - complicated I know).

The character of Jeff was not developed as much as he could have been and Sam hardly got a look in, but then you could argue that this is Rosie's story anyway.

The ending is a little formulaic for Ennis. Without spoiling too much it is the old Ennis story of hero seeks mighty power, power turns out to be hero's creator, hero sticks two fingers up at creator and returns to Earth.

For those, like me, mourning the passing of Preacher, then Goddess is equally entertaining. A great read from start to finish.

Darren Rea

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