It would be an understatement to say that mankind has had a fascination with gods for quite for quite some time, but it really seems to have come to the fore recently.
Now I’m not just talking about the most obvious example here, being Siege, but come on. Two special issues mourning the death of Hercules, <**SPOILER ALERT**> only to find out he is not dead after all?
Still, there’s the upcoming Hercules Prince Of Power series advertised, so I doubt there is a secret there. If you don’t remember the original two Prince Of Power mini-series, they are worth digging out. Set in an alternate future, Herc has a Skrull sidekick called Skyppi and is the last of the Olympian gods remaining in this realm, tasked with siring the next generation of gods.
There are other views of the gods however. In Avatar’s Supergod by Warren Ellis, we are treated to how man-made gods can become something far beyond our control. Not an unusual theme in comics or science-fiction, and a metaphor that is entirely transparent, but of course, this is Mr Ellis, and therefore top notch entertainment. You can feel the rage of the unleashed beasts as the world falls to pieces around them. Or rather is smashed to pieces by them, as simply an afterthought.
Not comparable to our own monsters of media, free market or finance giants at all. Any similarity is purely coincidental.
On a far more fun note, God Complex from Image is far more reminiscent of the glory days of Kirby in the Eternals or the New Gods, with a more down-to-earth twist. Michael Avon Oeming’s first issue did not receive the greatest of reviews, as he continued the transition from artist (of Powers) to writer of his own material, but now he has reached the fourth issue of the series it has a certain charm, and I think will translate very well into trade paperback format. Focusing on Apollo (a god that I have always been surprised that writers haven’t played with more), this god has left his pantheon, and his family is less than happy about it.
So the over-story is not that original, Thor did it decades ago. The strong point of the series are those little moments of humanity, which play very well, contrasting human desire with moments of perfect stillness. A ideal read for a lazy Sunday afternoon.