A Heartfelt Homage: Olympia #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
An epic battle happens on an impossible world as the Olympian fights off a horde of barbaric warriors intent on bringing the world of the gods to an end…at least in the comic which Elon Andrews is reading. The story ends with a cliffhanger, but it’s followed up with a meteorite striking the Earth in the woods Elon currently occupies. He goes to investigate, and the meteorite is revealed to be the Olympian! The god is hurt, and Elon goes back home to sneak some pain pills and other meds to treat the Olympian that night. The next day, Elon goes to school and is tormented by bullies. When school ends, he returns to the woods to find the Olympian alive and awake.

Olympia #1 cover by Ryan Ferrier
Olympia #1 cover by Ryan Ferrier

Olympia #1 is an ode to comics and what they can do for us mere mortals. It gives us a glimpse at the life lived by Elon Andrews and the torment he receives from his peers, but the adventures of the Olympian give him happiness and escape.
Of course, this homage is somewhat complicated by the arrival of threats from the Olympian’s world, and the Olympian himself shows signs of being ambivalent about our planet.
It seems possible, if not likely, that the charm and simplicity of this first-issue classic comic homage will grow into a more complex critique of the medium and the temptation to live exclusively in fantasy worlds when a real one exists around us. That’s just a guess of course, though some elements of this first issue hint at that.
Regardless of what Olympia may be, this first issue is enjoyable if a little basic. A bullied child meeting his fantasy hero and becoming under threat from the evils that hero fights isn’t exactly a completely new concept. In fact, it was the plot of many 80’s and 90’s movies. That said, Olympia #1 has charm enough to bring me back for a second issue, and it still has plenty of time to grow into something unique and fresh.
Among Olympia #1’s charms is the art from Alex Diotto. In the opening pages, the comic imitates a classic, almost Walt Simonson-esque war scene which changes into a down-to-Earth aesthetic which depicts Elon’s life, and the change is made seamlessly. The somewhat simple styling used for Elon and his world is great and fitting for the contrast the comic pulls off. Plus, the design for the Olympian is fantastic. Meanwhile, Dee Cunniffe’s color art is bright, well-balanced, and appealing too.
Olympia #1 is an intriguing first step for this new Image Comics series. While the story isn’t exactly new from the outset, it’s well-told and has plenty of potential for an interesting and smart narrative. As such, this one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Olympia #1 comes to us from writers Tony and Curt Pires, artist Alex Diotto, color artist Dee Cunniffe, letterer Micah Myers, cover artist Ryan Ferrier, and variant cover artist Christian Ward.
Final Score: 8/10

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