Kratos Wrestles Bears In God of War #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

A band of men just transformed into massive and vicious bears, and they are now attacking Kratos and Atreus on their own homestead. Kratos fights them off with all his might, but he’s coming dangerously close to giving into his rage. Kratos is able to ward off the assault, but the leader of the bear-men escapes. Kratos cannot allow the man to know the location of the home and live, so Kratos and Atreus go out to track him down.

God of War #2 cover by E.M. Gist
God of War #2 cover by E.M. Gist

Fun fact, I actually finally got around to playing the most recent God of War game in the time between issues #1 and #2. I enjoyed it a lot and is definitely among the best games to have come out in the past year.

God of War #2 continues the first issue’s theme of Kratos struggling to hold back his boundless Spartan rage in the face of violence directed at himself and his son.

Also like the first issue, the story doesn’t seem to go particularly far. Much of the comic is Kratos fighting the werebears, with the aftermath being brief and light on substance.

Admittedly, I’d struggle to tire of watching Kratos and his boy interacting, but even that doesn’t get particularly interesting in this issue.

That said, seeing Kratos break a bear’s back is pretty damn awesome.

It’s still uncertain to what degree this comic will connect to the story of God of War (2018) or if it will at all. There is a dramatic revelation at the end, but it isn’t the Stranger, the Witch of the Woods, the Smartest Man on Midgard, or anything of the sort.

God of War #2 art by Tony Parker, Dan Jackson, and John Roshell of Comicraft
God of War #2 art by Tony Parker, Dan Jackson, and John Roshell of Comicraft

Tony Parker’s artwork continues to impress, making the action scenes look particularly good. Atreus is made expressive while Kratos remains stone-faced. There could be more salt in the pepper that is Kratos’ mighty beard. Dan Jackson’s color work looks good, making Midgard look as cold as ever.

God of War #2 is light on substance, and, what it does have, was already touched upon in the opening comic. It’s far from a bad or unenjoyable read, but it doesn’t give a lot to the reader. That said, if you enjoyed the game you’ll likely still get something out of watching Kratos and his boy.

God of War #2 comes to us from writer Chris Roberson, artist Tony Parker, color artist Dan Jackson, letterer John Roshell of Comicraft, and cover artist E.M. Gist.

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