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Excerpt: It reads like a disturbing Sandman story, with gods and goddesses playing at their games, and this time they are more vicious with each other than they are with their human chesspieces.
To Stop Dreaming of Goddesses
Written by Vera Greentea
Art by Ben Jelter
Published by Greentea Publishing
Review by Jeff Marsick
I love the website Kickstarter.com, and can always count on finding an interesting comic project looking to be funded. This was where I found Kody Chamberlain’s Sweets, Oliver Mertz and Mike Isenberg’s First Law of Mad Science, and the way-cool Johnny Recon from Popgunpulp Comics. Even industry veteran Tony Harris has a project up, a samurai tale called Roundeye, that’s worth a look. Since I’m always searching for something odd and dark, a little project called To Stop Dreaming of Goddesses caught my eye.
Selene is the guardian goddess of the corpulent Louise Ponfert, a walking exhibition of gluttony and sloth if ever there was one. “Louise was massive. I could drink a liter of bouillon from inside the dimple of her thigh.” Selene the goddess is the polar opposite: beautiful, vain, proud, and in want of large Louise’s handsome lawyer fiancé. It’s understandable, then, that Selene tires of watching over one whose indulgences are fatty foods and living vicariously through her drawn stories about goddesses. So Selene offs her.
But even goddesses are not immune from repercussions for their actions, and while Selene trots off confident that she’ll just find another vessel with which to have the rich lawyer swoon over, it turns out that fate has a different ending in store for her, one deserving of someone who thought they deserved to fly so close to the sun. You’ll be hooked from the beginning to the wonderfully wicked and twisted end.
It reads like a disturbing Sandman story, with gods and goddesses playing at their games, and this time they are more vicious with each other than they are with their human chesspieces. Other than a nitpick (Selene is actually the daughter of Theia, not Themis), it is a wonderful story that gets better with each re-reading. Ben Jelter’s artwork is befitting the tone, a loose style that more artsy than cartoony, and he manages to blend austere beauty and sinister to Selene, along with perpetually crazy hair that belies the measure of character that exists beneath the surface. “The Egyptians modeled Queen Nefertiti after myself. I am beautiful.” Maybe so, but the Joan Crawford-from-Strait-Jacket look kept me waiting for her to blame Louise’s demise on the latter’s penchant for wire hangers. It’s beautiful stuff.
The project was fully funded, so the comic is available now over at http://GreenteaPublishing.com/gallery/products/4. My recommendation is to buy two copies, one for you and one for a friend (it makes a great last-minute belated holiday gift, y’know). While you’re at it, pick up a copy of Vera’s Recipes For The Dead, another delightfully devilish book drawn by manga artist Ein Lee.