One and Done – God of Tremors

Peter Milligan – Writer
Peter Kowalski – Artist
Brad Simpson – Colours
Simon Bowland – Letters

With an old-school Marvel monster-magazine feel, God of Tremors by Peter Milligan and Peter Kowalski is one of the best books that Aftershock has put out yet. It begins off slow, a young boy named Aubrey is starting to have strange fits which means far more teasing at school and even worse problems at home. His father believes it to be the work of the devil, though more specifically he blames his son for there must be something wrong with him. Unbeknownst to everyone for most of the issue, the pastor has a secret of his own which plays into what he does both to Aubrey and to Aubrey’s mother who only looks to help her son however she might. While it does begin with a measured pace, Milligan and Kowalski build up the horror throughout slowly but surely, the dread creeping in as it is finally revealed just what is behind the epileptic fits that Aubrey is having. Ancient gods are funny things and Milligan does a great job with this tale, creating an ancient terror that is not so much horrific as it is solemn in its ancient visage and made more frightening due to its silence. Milligan even gives this god a bit of sly humour when the book ends, a perfect ending that mirrors many of the stories being published in the 1970s. The artwork is perfectly suited to the chronicle being told, Kowalski doing everything right from facial expressions to the actions taken within and it helps that colourist Brad Simpson did such a great job at highlighting it all to make it even better than it might have been. Reading this, Milligan evokes the right emotions from his readers, Aubrey being a truly pitiful creature at first but then one who gains not only a bit of sympathy but admiration as he endures the tortures his father delivers upon him. Soon with more than a few prayers which seem to fall upon the deaf ears of his new god, the bane of Aubrey’s existence is taken care of in a fashion most worthy and the book ends on a somewhat hopeful note, if not a guilty one. A perfect bit of horror from Milligan and company for those looking to round out their collection or simply in need of a good read.

2 replies »

  1. Great read!
    But….. multiple variant covers are my bane! You show 2 covers, neither of which are the cover that was available at my LCS…
    This is the kind of thing that prevents me (5 years from now) just looking at a cover and knowing if I have something or not.

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