Read God Complex to satisfy your tech-noir cravings

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Still walking around on a Blade Runner 2049 high? Then you may want to check out God Complex, a sleek new comic series from Top Cow Productions and Indonesian high-end figurine manufacturers Glitch. Combining tech-noir, world mythology and philosophical musings, the comic should keep you in your heady, hyper-styled happy place.

The first issue of monthly series God Complex: Dogma released last week. It immediately plunges the reader into its unusual sci-fi universe, where humanity shares the planet with a god-like second species known as the Rulers. These helmeted beings – with considerable Stargate visual vibes – have access to the Matrix-esque “Stream” of human knowledge, information and imagination, and have harnessed digital technology to advance existence on Earth. But Rulers are inherently superior to Man and relish that status, with some demonstrating less benevolent attitudes than others.

Issue 1 of God Complex: Dogma kicks off with a rain-drenched killing on the streets of sprawling city, Delphi. As the investigation unfolds, we’re introduced to main character Seneca, a human police investigator who falls under the wing of Hermes, a Ruler heavily involved in matters of security for his people. Without going into too much detail, the bizarre murder – of acolytes belonging to the monotheistic Church of the Trinity – looks part of a conspiracy with world-changing repercussions. You know the drill.

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God Complex: Dogma is written by industry veteran Paul Jenkins (known for long runs on Hellblazer, The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man among others), with input from Glitch co-founder Bryan Lie, who created the God Complex toyline in the first place. Let’s not forget that the new comic seems designed to boost global awareness of the sophisticated Glitch figurines, which already enjoy cult status in Asia.

This said, for a collectibles tie-in, God Complex: Dogma is usually sophisticated. It’s not particularly subtle – Seneca is obsessed with the existential question “Why am I here?” – but the comic clearly has a rich source of lore to draw on in future issues.

In terms of character, meanwhile, Seneca is frankly an uninteresting lead: a brooding, emotionally repressed twentysomething with fashion model stubble. Fortunately though, just as with the Replicants in Blade Runner, the real intrigue of God Complex lies in its depiction of the “other.” The mysterious, faceless Rulers, like Apollo, Zeus and Athena, are waiting to be explored after Hermes is introduced in Issue 1 as a surprisingly frank figure with a dry sense of humour.

What really sells God Complex, though, is the art of Hendry (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Girl) Prasetya, and appropriately moody colouring by Jessica Kholinne. The book is extremely striking, with an aesthetic that reminds you of Ghost in the Shell, and other similar sub-genre fare. God Complex manages that rare feat of appearing gritty without sacrificing clarity to muddiness.

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God Complex: Dogma is one to check out, going by the first issue. It’s not easy being dropped into its complex world, but that sense should settle in coming issues as readers learn more about its social order and power players. Certainly the gorgeous visuals in Issue #1 help soften the shock. God Complex is a treat for comic readers who like mystery, moodiness, maturity, and even a little mythology, mixed into their sci-fi.

Last Updated: October 19, 2017

Noelle Adams

Sometime Tomb Raider. Full-time Pop Culture fanatic and Geekaissance Woman. Most often spotted outputting Pop Culture opinion pieces, writing fanfic and original genre fare, cosplaying and bringing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu smackdown. Editor of the Comics and Toys section.

  • Hammersteyn

    They look like Warframes in suits.

    • Admiral Chief

      FROST!

      • Original Heretic

        I started building Oberon last night.
        Not because I really want him, but just because it’s the first frame I’ve actually found all the components for and I just wanted to build a new frame.

        That being said, is Oberon actually any good?!?

        • Admiral Chief

          Kinda. Oberon Prime better

          • Original Heretic

            That’s a given. From what I’ve read, the primes are always better.

          • Admiral Chief

            Forma’d my EmberP last night again for shits and giggles, levelled her up from 0-30 in 3 missions

          • Original Heretic

            3 missions?!?! How dafuq you get that right? Did you have some kind of booster?
            Jeez, I forma’d my Volt about two weeks ago, took me about a week to get him up to max level again. Average about 2 or 3 missions a night.

          • Admiral Chief

            Had a login reward, double affinity. The old Draco I could do a frame + 2 weapons 0-30 in on mission

          • Admiral Chief

            Oh and remember that every day your FIRST mission will get double rewards. There is one infested defense mission on Sedna, you can get 45k creds for a quick 5mins mission

          • Original Heretic

            I’ve yet to reach Sedna. Furthest planet I have unlocked is Saturn. And I rushed there to be able to farm nano spores.
            There’s a Europa survival mission that gives me about 30K credits when I hit it.

          • Admiral Chief

            Survival takes long. The map is Ceres – Seimene
            I start off every day with a quick one there. 45k creds for a few minutes work

          • Original Heretic

            Hmmm, thanks, wasn’t aware of the first mission double rewards thing. Very helpful.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I like spy missions for solo leveling, the higher level the better for more affinity on hacking each console, and once you know the tricks to them they’re quite quick to do & a good source for some of the rarer mods & relics.

            In a group defense or interception is best because you get shared affinity & plenty of enemies, esp if you stay longer than the minimum to take advantage of the boosters you get while continuing.

          • Original Heretic

            I find that with Spy missions, they’re best to solo. Once you get into those alarm areas, if there’s too many okes running around, some git ends up setting the alarms off.

            For the console hacking, wasn’t aware that solving it also provided affinity. Do you also get the affinity if you use a cipher?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Not sure, never use them. I’ve been doing it for so long I can practically do them with my eyes closed.

          • Original Heretic

            Only time I ever use them is on Spy missions, if someone has set the alarm off in one of the three areas. After rushing to the hacking point, sometimes there’s only 1 or 2 seconds left before data corruption.
            That’s when ciphers are VERY handy.
            And they’re so cheap to make, I generally keep two or three on me.

          • Admiral Chief

            Spy missions is best solo or with a fellow TRUSTED spy that you know won’t bugger up the mission

    • Admiral Chief

      SuitFrame

      • Hammersteyn

        hah!

  • Original Heretic

    I see Tenno, I am immediately intrigued.

    • Hammersteyn

      Imagine a Deus Ex type game but with Tennos inhabiting the world
      O_o

      • Original Heretic

        There are so many stories like that:
        A godlike race that lives among mortals. In most cases, it’s their intentions that are explored. After all, one had to wonder why a race like that would debase themselves in such a way.
        How do they see the “lesser” race?
        How much of who and what they are is shared?
        Are they being entirely truthful with their motivations?

        • Admiral Chief

          Do they like pizza?

          • Hammersteyn

            And war?

          • Admiral Chief

            Ask about the pineapple on pizza, then you have war

          • Hammersteyn

            PineappleFrame!

          • Original Heretic

            They would never be accepted by humans if they don’t like pizza.

          • Hammersteyn

            Do they like pineapple on pizza?

          • Original Heretic

            They’re aliens, not idiots. Of course they don’t like pineapple.

          • Hammersteyn

            Kill them all!

          • Original Heretic

            I agree. Kill the idiots who like pineapple on pizza! Kill them with tobasco sauce and non-pineapple pizzas, rolled into clubs capable of mucho harm dealing.

  • Admiral Chief

    4/10 Dogma?

    • Hammersteyn

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

      • Admiral Chief

        ^^^This guy gets it

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