The People Behind The Legends: Olympia #2 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
We witness the journey taken by the Olympian which led to our world. He was cast out into the multiverse and fell into the nearest world–our own. However, he doesn’t remember anything after charging into battle against Vilayne for the throne of their world. To learn more, Elon goes back to the comic book store and finds the latest issue of the Olympian. He learns more of the Olympian’s battle against Vilayne, but he doesn’t learn how the hero wound up on Earth. Unfortunately, that was the final issue of the Olympian’s comic, as the series was cancelled. Running out of options, Elon learns the address of the comic’s creator, Kirby Spiegelman and Elon and the Olympian head towards his home.

Olympia #2 cover by Alex Diotto
Olympia #2 cover by Alex Diotto

Olympian #2 continues to be a thoroughly endearing send-up of classic comics and Jack Kirby in particular, built around a worlds-spanning odyssey of a powerful hero and his young fan. 
This issue in particular is more of an homage than the last. Much of the book is spent with the Olympian and his adventures before he arrived on our world. We are given scenes very reminiscent of Kirby’s horTand later the New Gods.
Elon’s investigation into the creators of Olympian is charming. It is a strange and magical moment when you become cognizant of the fact that specific people are responsible for these superhero stories you love so much and that each one is a reflection of its creator in many ways.
Also, as someone working at a comic book store, Olympian #2 manages to capture two lines that I hate telling customers: “Diamond shorted us on that this week” and “That series has been cancelled.”
Olympia #2 art by Alex Diotto, Dee Cunniffe, and letterer Micah Myers
Olympia #2 art by Alex Diotto, Dee Cunniffe, and letterer Micah Myers

Alex Diotto captures the spirit of Kirby’s work in a very impressive manner. He recreates the poses, line detailing, and shading. It’s not a perfect reflection, but, of course, no one could be. Regardless, Diotto’s art is brilliant and Dee Cunniffe’s color work is similarly excellent.
Olympia #2 is another strong issue for this fledgling Image Comics series. This issue gives a strong send-up to the classic comics we know and love while capturing the excitement of learning more about the people behind these stories we love so much. It’s a damn fine book and easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Olympia #2 comes to us from writers Tony and Curt Pires, artist and cover artist Alex Diotto, color artist Dee Cunniffe, and letterer Micah Myers.
Final Score: 8/10

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