The Wrath of a God
A monstrous Chaos Beast threatens fearful desert villagers and engages Kratos, forcing him back into battle! But despite his desire to escape his violent past, Kratos is thrust back into a familiar state of rage and fury, setting off a chain reaction of unending anger for the Ghost of Sparta. As he plunges the Blades of Chaos into the wicked beast, Kratos wonders if he is the true monster of the battle…
There’s Always a Bigger Fish
Rushing fists first into battle, Kratos goes to war against the dreaded Chaos Beast. The two behemoths fight viscously, fists and rage vs tooth and claw until ultimately only one is left standing, the mighty God of War himself stands victorious over his fallen foe.
Yet the townsfolk still tremble in fear, Kratos is both confused and angered by this stating he has saved them and slain the Chaos Beast so they can rest easy. The townsfolk scream and point towards Kratos as if they have just seen a living nightmare. Once again the old man appears as if from out of the smoke and tells Kratos his purpose is not yet fulfilled.
Kratos once again loses his patience, is this old man real or just a figment of his imagination, what must he do to find peace? These are questions that will have to wait as a titan sized creature rises from the depths of the Oceans, the true Chaos Beast. Once more Kratos battles with himself, whether to walk away and leave mortals to their fate or to stand and fight, his anger gives in and he rushes towards his new enemy only to find his god-like strength is useless, he can barely make this creature flinch before he himself is pummeled into the ground…
This was an extremely short issue, made even more so by the fact that about seventy-five percent of it was made of up fight scenes which dominated the panels. The artwork looked slightly weaker than the previous issues here most probably because the panels were a lot lighter and larger, God of War is best when it is sombre and moody for my particular taste. I can’t help but wonder if the lighter pallet is a subliminal element to highlight the change, or impending change in Kratos.
Originally Fallen God was said to be a four-part series, if this is the case there seems to be a lot of character development and plot points to wrap up if this is to have a satisfying conclusion and ultimately put Kratos on his path from bald and angry to bald and grumpy. I have a feeling Athena is going to be the puppet master again and this could hopefully lead to a further mini-series that as a saga could flesh out key events over time. Though I wouldn’t say no to Netflix putting together an Anime as their work in that field has been pretty awesome so far.
Writer: Chris Roberson
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: May 5, 2021
Format: FC, 22 pages; Miniseries
Official store: Dark Horse Comics