When Hollywood gets back to making original movies and not rebooting reboots, I hope that Eye of the Gods is on the short list of graphic novels to be adapted to the big screen. Set in a slightly futuristic world with what might be tomorrow technology: the ability to have new, more advanced, cloned eyes of your own to replace the eyes you were born with, it immediately felt a little Phillip K. Dick - and we know he’s a hot item. Eye of the Gods plot twists come in the form of a murder mystery witnessed by the main character Sean, after he reluctantly has his new eyes installed. There are a few awkward moments in the overall plot but not anything that couldn’t be fixed in a screenplay written by the original creator, Gerimi Burleigh.
Burleigh handles every aspect of Eye of the Gods including script which may or may not be a great idea on his part. As I said above, there are a few strange moments and maybe a plot hole or two but overall, the writing is strong, inventive, and original. I’d go so far as to say this book was refreshing yet referential to its science fiction heritage.
Burleigh’s art is simple but smart black/white/grey-tones with a strong use of visual storytelling that bring something extra to the book. Because the title Eye of the Gods, the visual component of the book is important to the overall strength of the book – there are moments in the story seen in the mind of Sean through the seemingly implanted eyes of others. This could easily have been a hokey trick of the book but it comes off smart and well-crafted.
Eye of the Gods smartly put together book that could have used some editorial help but I felt refreshed by its new, relatively non-traditional-comic feel and I look forward to seeing this book on the big screen one day.