Blazing Glory in the Odyssey Vol. 1: History Lesson

blazinggloryWhat if my favorite action directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez had their take on creating Captain America?  This hot and spicy jambalaya soup has everything; the supernatural elements, the PG-13 superhero moments, the real-world geopolitical issues, add some zombies (and Dracula to the mix) and of course some bloody violent action into the mix and you get Dave Elliot’s Blazing Glory in Odyssey Vol. 1:  History Lesson.

This may read like a Captain America knock-off, but Elliot adds exciting twists and turns in this collected trade paperback.  The country that Blazing Glory been loyally serving for years is changing around him.  Once a World War II hero, in this modern America, he is a mere puppet taking orders from the top.  The story kicks off with Blazing Glory visiting his best friend Abe at the hospital.  Abe is slowly dying from old age, and Blazing Glory recounts from the beginning of his origins of how he became a super-soldier and the many wars he fought-in.  Elliot maybe telling a typical superhero story, like “Forest Gump”, he adds real-world touches like historical events and figures that pushes the plot along.  The gist of the story is Blazing Glory’s dilemma of following orders without question or is it a right to question orders from the top.
Without a question, the artwork by Garrie Gastonny and Toby Cypress work well and the panel-art flow seamlessly.  Like watching X-Men: Days of Future Past, the summer flick had the right balance of escapism, action and a message, where writer Dave Elliot is also trying to get across a message in this History Lesson story-arc.  The many pages of geopolitical talk seemed to bog down the pacing a little.  I would have liked more comic-book action, because we read comics to escape our dull dreary lives.  Overall, I get the message that Dave Elliot is pointing out and it is a great topic Political Science majors.  If you want a alternative version on Captain America, a un-PG-rated superhero comic, then try Blazing Glory in Odyssey Vol. 1:  History Lesson.

Trade Paperback:  Odyssey Vol. 1 – History Lesson

Author:  Dave Elliot

Artists:  Garrie Gastonny and Toby Cypress

Publisher:  Titan Comics

MSRP:  $19.99USD

Available:  August 6, 2014

Suggested for ages 15 and up.

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