The Goddamned Book 1 Before the Flood TP NM Jason Aaron RM Guera Image 1st print


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Goddamned Vol. 01: The Flood SC – Image Comics

PUBLISHER Image Comics
WRITER Jason Aaron
ARTIST R. M. Guera
PAGES 128 pages
Full Color
Graphic Novel

And the earth was filled with violence. (Genesis 6:11). It’s 1,655 years after Eden, and life on earth has already gone to hell. The world of man is a place of wanton cruelty and wickedness. Prehistoric monsters and stone-age marauders roam the land. Murder and destruction are the rule of the day. This is life before the Flood. The story of man on the verge of his first apocalypse. Welcome to the world of the Goddamned.

Collects The Goddamned #1-5.

This starts with depictions of that period of depravity in Genesis before the flood as more fully and totally depraved than I imagined: cannibalism run rampant, defiling the land, brutal idiocy. Cain is father of murder, but he is also the most civilized being in this pre-flood Earth. Noah brings civilization, iron, and religion, but with it slavery and other forms of savagery. Jason Aaron’s use of profanity is anachronistic but similar to Deadwood’s attempt to use modern profanity to get across more arcane profanity. I suppose the major problem is that outside of Cain, the characters are so depraved or broken that it is hard to like anyone. Making Noah highly unsympathetic does help, but even that is limited in its creativity. Still, the world building here using fairly solid biblical background for a post-acolyptic landscape that is really pre-deluge is brilliant.


Collects The Goddamned 1-5. Near mint, 1st printing.