Neil Gaiman is one of the best artists in fiction writing, not only of this era, but of all time in my opinion. The worlds he’s created, from the classic comic book series Sandman to novels such as Stardust, Neverwhere, his collaboration with fellow legend, the late Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, to his novel American Gods, now adapted to tv for the Starz Network, his work combines myth and legend in a way that few people can or could.
American Gods tells the story of recently released from prison ex con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle-The 100) who finds that his wife Laura (Emily Browning-Sucker Punch) was killed in a car accident just before he got released soon encounters a mysterious man known as Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane-Deadwood) who hires him to be his driver, bodyguard, and assistant.
Before long, Shadow is led into a war of gods, between the gods of myth and legend and the upstart new gods of today such as Media (Gillian Anderson-The X Files) , Technical Boy (Bruce Langley) and Mr. World (Crispin Glover-Back to the Future).
I was hooked on this show since I first heard of the concept, I admit I’ve never read the book yet, but I have to now. And this is one of the best book to show adaptations that I’ve seen since Game of Thrones .
The series, from showrunners Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Logan, Green Lantern) feels like they’re doing a proper adaptation, reading us all a twisted at times bedtime story, just a chapter at a time, but only the first 8 chapters so far, just to get us hooked.
The cast is also top notch, Ian McShane is charismatic as ever as Mr. Wednesday. You’re not sure the whole time if you should like or hate him, but he does command respect, as an Allfather should.
Ricky Whittle spends most of this season as our eyes as the audience, not believing this strange new world around him, and while that does get tiresome after a few episodes he’s our proxy so I get the reason for his character being how he is.
I loved also the focus on all the gods, and the diversity the series had, I also loved the raw sexual power of the Bilquis (Yetide Badaki-Masters of Sex) scenes, particularly her intro scene has to be seen to be believed.