Greek Street has at its heart a simple premise — the Greek gods and characters from myth placed in a modern, London, criminal milieu – that is a gold mine of opportunity and story. Police detectives, street kids, strippers, gangsters, warring families. Greek Street tells us more then once that the old stories are new and the machinations of the gods mesh seamlessly with not only the modern world but the underworld of criminal activity.
From the jump Greek Street is pretty much brilliant. It’s a joy to watch how these characters and their individual story arcs mesh into the larger tapestry of arcs. By the end of the volume smaller arcs have been revealed and medium arcs have been revealed but the larger arc, much like the larger forces at work, aren’t fully revealed. Fans of crime comics have a lot to sink their teeth into. The modern character types feel immediately comfortable. For fans of other types of story the opposite will be more true. They will prefer the gods and mythological characters. Either way this is a title with a broad appeal.
Greek Street is a Vertigo title and I couldn’t help but think of the Vertigo Crime imprint. The more overt of the supernatural stories of the crime imprint so far have felt a little out of place but the fantastical elements of Greek Street, given the proper amount of room to breathe, and in the right hands, prove to be a potent blend.
Bottom line is that Greek Street’s brilliant characters, complex story and smooth writing make it a must read.
Greek Street: Blood Calls for Blood is the first TP volume collecting issues 1-5