Pocket God #1 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 6.5
Art 6.0
Value 8.0
Total 6.8
Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Release Date:
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

6.8


Pocket God #1

I had no idea what the hell Ape Entertainmentís Pocket God #1 was going to be when I started reading it. At the end it felt both familiar yet different and something I wouldnít mind picking up again. 

Pocket God is in fact a game for the iPhone and Ape has been tasked with creating a comic book version of the game. In Pocket God a group of pygmies go about their daily life praying and worshipping their god. At the same time a meteor is racing towards their island. One of the smarter pygmies notices the meteor and realizes itís going to land where heís sitting. He convinces one of the others to switch places with him. The other pygmy is then squished to death by the meteor. So begins this twisted little story about a group of pygmies who are in fact immortal and rather careless about their lives, itís not like they are going to run out at any stage that is, until the gem that gives them their immortal life begins to die.   

This twist that the pygmies die a lot but donít stay dead was totally unexpected as Iíd never played or even heard of the game. The comic does have that real Saturday morning cartoon feel to it with the design of the pygmies and the use of a lot of color but the relative lack of care when it comes to death was a little macabre. It also didnít have as much laugh out loud humor as I was expecting. The death and injury was done in a way that wasnít quite Looney Tunes over the top (because they died) but it wasnít serious either (even before you knew about the immortality you didnít quite believe they died). I also struggled to see where it would go in future issues. 

I also found it hard to differentiate between the different pygmies. They didnít differ too greatly in their design (a misshaped bone or different color skirt) and I actually thought several of them sounded the same as well even though they were supposed to have some sort of defining personality (surfer/stoner, intellectual etc). It made it hard to keep track of them and the rate they were dying didnít help either. Their eyes were also really creepy and kind of unsettling.  

What I did enjoy was the bit at the end. It told the story of how the shark, with a laser on its head, that randomly appears gets the laser on its head. That story had a lot of wise cracks and a lot of sight gags that I thought worked really well plus it was fun to see the creators take the time out to explain such a random and relatively inconsequential character as the shark.  

On the whole Pocket God #1 was a fun, twisted little comic reminiscent of a Looney Tunes cartoon gone wrong. The bulk of the story was okay and easy enough for someone who hasnít played the game to understand but the highlight was the extra story at the end.  






 
 



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