A take on the classic godly struggle that brings depth, humor, and action
By Alexander Ayres, Staff Writer
Godslave (www.godslavecomic.com) is a webcomic by Meaghan Carter about a college dropout named Edith who becomes entangled in the world of modern Egyptian gods. It is a comic that makes full use of visual and storytelling elements, backed up by engaging characters.
The comic currently has three chapters and about 281 pages. It has been updated with one page each Monday and Thursday since November 2014. Godslave is an urban fantasy best for people who enjoy action and would like an interesting take on Egyptian mythology. Readers looking for romance or who dislike violence will not enjoy this comic.
Edith herself is a mysterious main character who prefers kicking butt to conversation, but as the comic has progressed, we have gained insight into her motivations, which at the beginning were unclear even to Edith herself.
Godslave follows an intrinsically human struggle dramatized by superhuman powers. Carter’s take is remarkably fresh and the main character, Edith, keeps the story down to earth - it is hard to take the gods seriously when their employees steal your Instagram account or beat you up while you are grocery shopping.
The comic is packed with fight scenes, but the story’s death count is currently at zero. Godslave is not that kind of story yet, but given its dive into darker, more climactic waters in recent pages, it might be soon.
Carter’s art is visually intense with color and scenes that are almost cinematic, especially the introduction and fight scenes. The high-quality artwork has only improved and the stylistic choices are notably cleaner now.
The story is detailed and complex with characters that bring their own humor and motivations to each situation. The cast is diverse, and so are their personalities - what makes each character funny is not what they bring to the table but the unique and terrible ways they interact and conflict.
Godslave has taken a remarkable amount of work and research to create. The mythology used in the story is investigated thoroughly (the comic has a “reading list” section) and Carter includes extras that tell Egyptian myths in humorous, comic form.
As Carter says, Egyptian mythology was so varied in Egypt across ages and temples that in most cases, there is no one “right” myth. Godslave’s mythology is a combination of stories.
It only takes two hours to get up to date on Godslave. As a current reader, I prefer to wait between updates and catch up. While I cannot wait for certain pivotal updates, the comic is close enough to a novel that it makes more sense read in chunks at a time.
Carter’s comic is worth reading for nothing but the striking art, but if you enjoy property damage, ancient power struggles, and sarcastic chihuahua gods, give it a read.