After the 1831 special, the series picks up after the shocking, bloody events of #22. Annake is dead, the old order is gone and now we’re to see what the Pantheon do now they don’t have Annake manipulating them.
Gillen chooses to do this not in conventional comic format, but as a fashion magazine, so what we have is essentially a pin-up issue with lots of text that explains how the world know that Annake was a manipulative murderer and that the remaining gods are now free to do their own individual plans.
We find out for example that Baal met with the UK government to give reassurances in order to help calm things down, and that we also find out Baal was the first to become a god which means out of the remaining gods he’ll be the first to die when his time is up.
There’s some good stuff in this issue. I especially licked Gillen’s tribute/satire of Laurie Penny’s writing style as well as the way important snippets of information sneak into the pages, but this is a quiet issue dealing with characters and how they’ve subtly changed in the time since we last saw them.
Overall this is a nice issue which sets up roughly what the new order is.
Yet for all its originality it’s a bit empty, like the gods themselves. Also by concentrating on a Guardian style of writing we only get the liberal to liberal-leftish reaction to the events, and it’d be nice to see how say, a right wing tabloid, or the left, deal with the pantheon as well as a metropolitan set of establishment voices that Gillen includes. That said, this is ultimately a linking and establishing issue; a sort of palate cleanser I imagine for what’s coming next.