The Ludocrats #1
Written by Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol
Art by Jeff Stokely
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: I couldn’t even begin to summarize what I just read. But I’ll try.
Hades has come to the chambers of her friend Otto to see if he is ready for the wedding that will soon take place at their home. When she sees that he is naked and covered in blood, she reminds him that he might want to wear clothes to this particular event.
After deciding to get dressed, Otto and Hades witness the nuptials, but are concerned that the Hyper-Pope, who happens to be Otto’s brother, has not arrived for the ceremony. Disgusted with his brother’s lack of attendance, Otto decides to turn his attentions to coupling with the newly arrived High Steam-Judge of New Prussia. Unfortunately, his plans are interrupted by the arrival of forces coming to take her into custody and turn everyone, including Otto, boring.
The Story: Gillen and Rossignol have crafted a delightfully surreal absurdist story in this first issue. It dares to be either defined or quantified and the lunacy throughout the story is infectious and entertaining. I loved the fact that I couldn’t predict where this story was going next and found myself drawn to how creative and unusual the plot, characters and world are. The story is fun to read and I am intrigued with where this story could go next.
The Art: Jeff Stokely perfectly captures the tone of this story with some beautifully bizarre visuals that catch the eye. I loved looking at each panel and noting the strange and brilliant lunacy captured in them.