As Aquaman holds forth over continental Europe, and Wonder Woman bestrides the UK, Super-Gorilla Grodd rules over the entire continent of Africa. But, as the witty opening to this story makes clear, while the rest of the world cowers from Atlanteans and Amazons, few people even know his name.
Clever as the opening is, it’s also grisly, and Sean Ryan’s efficient script never lets up. Whether it’s Grodd feasting on wildlife he’s ripped apart, eviscerating Congorilla or tearing off Catman’s head, you need a strong stomach for this Flashpoint tie-in. It doesn’t help that artist Ig Guara – last seen drawing Marvel’s cuddly Pet Avengers – produces such realistic art. There’s no hiding from the gore, the pain on these pages, which are inked by . Bodies hanging by the roadside, a boy soldier being forced to kill his friends … it’s all good T for Teen ‘fun’.
A few pages establishing Grodd’s cruel rule and a more sedate rest of the issue would have been fine, but we’re almost in torture porn territory here. And that’s a shame, as subtler aspects of the tale, such as Grodd’s apparent death wish, are almost lost as the story revels in its gruesomeness. Grodd’s decision to take Europe from its conquerors should make for good drama when this strand is picked up elsewhere in the Flashpoint event. I just hope he leaves his nastier appetites back home.