Ordinary Gods: Exclusive Preview of Image Comics’ Tragic New Action Series

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From Thor to The Old Guard, the comic book industry is full of stories about seemingly ordinary people harboring the power of gods. But not everyone necessarily wants to wake up one morning and learn they’re actually an all-powerful immortal with a grand destiny. That’s the basic premise fueling the upcoming Image Comics series Ordinary Gods.

IGN can debut an exclusive preview of Ordinary Gods #1, the first chapter in a new series from writer Kyle Higgins (Radiant Black, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Felipe Watanabe (The Flash). Check it out in the slideshow gallery below:

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Here’s Image’s official description of the new series:

For fans of THE OLD GUARD and GOD COUNTRY comes the extra-length first issue of a centuries-spanning action epic from writer KYLE HIGGINS (Radiant Black) and artist FELIPE WATANABE (The Flash)! The Luminary. The Prodigy. The Brute. The Trickster. The Innovator. Five gods from a realm beyond our own, leaders in the “War of Immortals.”

At least, they were—before they were trapped, sent to a planet made into a prison, forced into an endless cycle of human death and reincarnation. Christopher is 22. He’s got two loving parents and a 12-year-old sister. He works at a paint store. He’s in therapy. He’s one of the Five. Which means, in order to save everyone he cares about, Christopher will have to reconnect with his past lives and do the unthinkable: become a god again.

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In short, expect a very intimate and even tragic take on the idea of an ordinary person embracing godhood. What good is absolute power if it means sacrificing your family and opening up many lifetimes’ worth of pain and misery?

“There’s a very grounded emotional core at the center of Ordinary Gods, and it all comes down to the relationship between Christopher, and his 12-year-old sister, Brianna,” Higgins told IGN. “Christopher is coming out of some pretty serious hardships and navigating some early adult crossroads. How will the revelation of his lineage and connection to immortals, change his life? And the life of his family? Issue 1 is about blow up everything that Christopher thinks he knows…”

“Ordinary Gods may look quite lush, with gods, epic battles, action scenes, and everything, but the fact that the characters face real dramas is exactly what brings us even closer to their paths and makes me, as a reader, unable to stop reading,” added Watanabe.

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Ordinary Gods #1 will hit stores on July 7, 2021.

For more upcoming comic book previews, check out our first look at Jeremy Haun’s pandemic-inspired Haunthology and learn why Batman is crossing over with Fables.

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