Review: Headache


Writer: Lisa Joy
Artist: Jim Fern

Sarah is an 18-year-old girl who also happens to be the Greek Goddess, Athena. In her life, there’s no such thing as hyperbole. Hera, her evil stepmother, is out to kill her. The bad boy she falls in love with is Hades, king of the underworld. And the philandering father whose approval she always seeks and fails to attain is none other than Zeus, the ultimate deadbeat dad. Now Sarah must embrace her destiny and take on the gods in order to stop them from destroying mankind.

Sounds awesome, right? The moment I laid eyes on this, I knew it was right up my alley. If there’s one thing I love more than the Greek myths, it’s the Greek gods living in modern times, and Headache delivers that in spades.

We follow Sarah, a young woman in a mental institution who dreams she’s really the goddess Athena. After breaking out, she begins regaining her memories, following someone who looks like her (dead) mother to the house where most of the Greek gods now live. There, she meets Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Dionysus, Hades, the lot of them. I would have liked to see a lot more of the interplay between the family here, but we do get an amazing spread with each of the gods chatting away around the dinner table.

But this is Sarah’s story. She figures out Zeus and the gods want to create another Armageddon, have mankind destroy each other because the gods were no longer needed or worshiped – a simple, but effective plot. Through it, we see many different sides of Sarah, which I love. She’s vulnerable, strong, confused, smart, everything a well-rounded character should be. Plus, she eventually kicks ass.

There are tons of funny moments throughout, plus a great mix of emotion and action as the story moves forward. Best line had to be one coming from Zeus about his daughter: “I was worried she’d want to save mankind.  Turns out, she just wants Hot Pockets.” 

There were a few things I didn’t like, mostly in the way the story flowed – at times it seemed things happened from moment to moment just because the story had to move forward. Hephaestus and Aphrodite, Diana and Apollo, for one. It was nice seeing them, and Hephaestus did serve a purpose, but they felt shoehorned in at the time. (Thinking about it, it’s a very TV way of doing things, which makes sense.)

That aside, this is a good book from a woman who has credits like Burn Notice and Pushing Daisies (!!!!) under her belt. Get if you enjoy Greek myths, capable female leads and saving the world shenanigans.

Headache was released on May 4th from Kickstart Comics.

Disclaimer: This copy was sent to me from the lovely folks at Kickstart. This in no way influenced my review.


About Chantaal

A book reading, nail polish hoarding, makeup loving, TV marathoning, comic book talking Philosophy major. I want to be Rashida Jones when I grow up.
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2 Responses to Review: Headache

  1. Fandelerium says:

    Oh, Chantaal, your review got me so jazzed for this. But when I read it I was thinking “what was she talking about!!?” The ink in this book is so bad. And the story is worst. I can think of LOTS of better books about Gods among us.

  2. Nynaeve says:

    Picked this up based on the review and was really glad I did. I especially loved the witty banter and the clever updates of Greek mythology to modern day, as well as all of the manipulations, love triangles, etc. between the gods and goddesses. A really fun read, and I actually thought the story was quite well done. Don’t want to spoil it, but loved the reveal of what’s really motivating the gods’ plans to destroy mankind, which was pretty hilarious and fitting. Thanks for the recommendation!

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