[Edit: Originally published October 29, 2018]
With page after page of jokes that will have you rolling with laughter, Pantheon has to be one of the best retellings of the Egyptian Osiris myth that I have ever seen. Featuring such events as, masturbating the universe into existence, giving birth to someone that already existed and Set being a notorious cock, if you enjoy the buckwild nature of ancient mythologies, then Pantheon is right up your alley.
For those unfamiliar with the Osiris myth, it tells the story of Egypt’s creation prominently featuring Osiris, his wife Isis, his brother Set and his son Horus. After Set steals the throne of Egypt from and attempts to murder Osiris (see “notorious cock”), first by trapping him in a box and sending him down the Nile and then by cutting him up into pieces and scattering him across Egypt, Isis endeavors to have their son Horus reclaim the throne. Seems straightforward, what could go wrong? The answer, of course, is everything.
On top of the hilarious story, the art is incredible. The way that Set is drawn in particular is utterly delightful, and it does an amazing job at portraying Set’s personality through his movements and appearance. Set isn’t the only character this is true for, the body language for all the characters is wonderfully vivid. The art plays off the comedic text, and visa versa, perfectly. It wouldn’t be the same book if it was done as just text instead of as a graphic novel. Between the images and the text there isn’t a single joke in the book that falls flat. There are so many good goofs that it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite.
I am going to wrap this up with a few words of warning. This is not a safe for work book, there is on page sex and no shortage of nudity. There is also a not insignificant amount of gore, see Sehkmet’s rampages and Osiris’s dismemberment, however, the cartoony art style does do some work to mitigate the effect of the gore. There are cartoony intestines though, I will say that. There are also numerous points throughout the book where incest is brought up, as many of the major players in the Egyptian pantheon are related, all being children of Nut and Geb. Isis and Osiris are siblings, for example.
If you are interested in going on a wild ride through Egyptian mythology Pantheon can be found here.
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