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Genderswapped The Odyssey In Space. Need We Say More?

Matt Fraction, could you get any cooler?

The author has just announced that he is writing a sci-fi rule 63′d version of  Homer‘s The Odyssey. Christian Ward will be drawing. The project is called Ody-C, and even though we only have an image of the cover, the description alone is enough to turn some heads.

WIth any luck we’ll get more information soon, but in the mean time, we’ll just have to salivate over the prospect of how this awesome concept will manifest.

(via Comicsbeat)

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  • Anonymous

    So is this a full genderswap with Penelope as a man (Penelopo? Penelops?), maybe include an “Atalantos” as the token male Argonaut? I mean, since it’s already gender-swapped they can do what they like, but it’ll be interesting to see all the same.

  • LifeLessons

    OMG! YES!

  • Canisa

    Yes. I will read this.

    After the 10,000 other books sitting unread on my shelf.

  • Rob Buckley

    I can see some possible good things from the project, such as having a female protagonist in a Greek ‘hero’s journey’ myth, obviously.

    But The Odyssey is a lot more pro-women and also anti-men than most people think, so I can’t help but feel a gender swap won’t _exactly_ accomplish what the author wants unless big chunks are excised. More or less every mortal man (except Odysseus) is an idiot while everyone female is smart. Helene is clearly vastly smarter than her lumbering idiot of a husband Menelaus and outwits and entrances every man who visits her in Sparta, including Telemachus . Also, a large portion of Odysseus’ ‘luck’ is down to Athena’s help.

    Swap it all round and largely mortal women are going to be stupid and the goddesses are going to be interfering and duplicitous. The bit where Odyssea will talk about crying every night for seven years to be returned to her husband after Calypsos has raped her will also be going down unexpected and unhelpful paths.

    Still, nothing wrong with flawed, stupid and evil women in a story with a heroine, I guess. It could also be useful for casting light on some societal attitudes. Calypsos’ speech against the double standard by which the goddesses are able to sleep with whomever they like, whereas (largely the partners of) gods and male nymphs like him are punished by female Zeus should be an interesting twist, at least.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the Patriarchy hurts men too…I really don’t get where you think this story is so “anti-men”.

  • Rob Buckley

    Odysseus’s crew mates who foul everything up because of their urges and inability to obey Odysseus, the cannibals, the suitors of Penelope, the cyclopses who eat the crew mates, the piratical nature of Odysseus and his crew when they first leave Troy, Poseidon’s feud which requires him to force Zeus to break the greatest rule of all (honouring mortals kindness to guests), Poseidon being outwitted by Athena, Odysseus’ pride with the cyclops leading them to having to spend 10 years wandering in the first place…

    The Odyssey has pro-female aspects, it’s got anti-female aspects; it’s got pro-male aspects, it’s got anti-male aspects. The pro-male aspects, though, are more prevalent in the mortal men, whereas the anti-female aspects are more prevalent in the ‘dread goddesses’, who outnumber the gods in the poem, and are largely representative of the Greek idea that if gods and/or goddesses enter your life, you’re going to be in serious trouble unless you’re both lucky and clever, since they can do pretty much anything they like with you.

    So if you flip the gender roles in the poem, you end up with ‘mortal women are mostly dumb, all the gods are to be feared’, which isn’t the most positive of messages. You can do it, but it won’t be a 100% feminist move, although you will at least have a poem with a heroine who has considerable agency and wits.

  • Anonymous

    Should be interesting when Odyssea finds herself stranded for a few years on islands populated by… male nymphs?

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    As a fan of Genderswapping in general, I have high hopes for this. One of the important things with a gender swapped story is not to go the plain route of making it word for word identical to the original since that would lead to something merely seen as a simplistic copy of the original.

    I don’t know enough about this yet to gauge an opinion as of yet but a Science Fiction take on this could mean some marvelous approaches to the tale. I am rather curious to see how they work in some of the more mythical elements, though I suppose they could get something along the lines of Q worked into this…

  • LifeLessons