Greek Street # 1
Writer: Peter Milligan; Pencils and Inks: Davide Gianfelice; Colors: Patricia Mulvihill; Lettering: Clem Robins; Covers: Kako;
DC Comics – Vertigo
Greek Street # 1 is only a buck and has 40 pages of story. That’s all of the good news.
On the bad side, the dialogue is clunky in a lot of places, including the opening exposition from a stripper informing us that all of the old stories are recurring. It’s less-than-believable stripper-talk, and it sets the whole issue off to a very bad start. “Hello, readers, I’ll be your narrator for these opening bits.” The rest of the issue is a rather well-worn Hero-of-a-Thousand-Faces the-old-stories-are-being-relived-again plot. It’s been done before, and done a lot better. If you want old myths retold today, then pick up Douglas Rushkoff’s Testament series. It has some clunky dialogue at points, but the story has a much better opening. If you specifically want Greek myths relived, then pick up Fred van Lente’s and Greg Pak’s Incredible Hercules. It hits the high notes that Greek Street aspires to, and does it with a few laughs thrown in. You can skip Greek Street, unless you just want the 40 pages of comic for a buck.
Despite the bad opening, it does have one of my favorite stripper scenes in a comic:
I’ve never been to a strip club, but I hope the music is as good as SEXY SEXY BODY! TOUCH ME SEXY SEXY!
Not only does the music work, it’s still going when we return many hours later:
Hell Yeah! That’s some music fit to strip by!
In closing, I can only add