- "On the Great Sea of Nu a pyramid named Benben rose from the water with silent purpose. Benben flowered a lotus... and the lotus flowered the sun. The sun rose up, signalling the dawn of the first day. And the sun named itself Amun. With only darkness for company, Atum did what anybody would do when faced with endless loneliness. He had a wank."
Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities is a 2017 graphic novel by British freelance animation director and illustrator Hamish Steele.
The most important myth in Ancient Egypt is faithfully retold in glorious color! Horus, son of Isis, vows bloody revenge on his Uncle Set for the murder and usurpation of his Pharaoh father. Based on elements from various versions of the famous Osiris myth, Hamish Steele has resurrected this fantastic story in all its symbolic and humorous glory.
This work provides examples of:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: How Amun created the universe and the original gods.
- Death by Sex: Because Set is literally made of evil, he tries to kill Horus by poisoning with his semen. Horus tries doing the same to Set via a semen-laced salad, but it only results in Thoth being born (again) from their copulation.
- God of Evil: Set openly identifies as this. Even more so, he is literally made of evil, poisoning his nemesis and nephew Horus by having sex with him and poisoning him with his own semen.
- Incest Is Relative: Much like in mythology, the various gods present are related by blood in one way or another and having sex with one another. Extra points for revealing that all of the gods are just different aspects of The Maker Amun.
- Insane Troll Logic: While just a theory, Thoth reasons that him being born an adult to Set and Horus despite having already been born, raised and lived a full-life and Set and Horus both being men is because Gods are not bound by the same rule of cause and effect that everyone else is.
- Our Gods Are Different: Gods are established as being as flawed and capable of piety as human beings are. Because there is a limited number of them, incest is common with no foreseeable consequences or stigma. While technically immortal, they do still age (their bodies adopting properties similar to precious stones and metals instead of withering and dying like humans) and can be killed through poisoning. They are unaffected by the nature of cause and effect like humans are, Thoth being born from Set and Horus copulating despite having already been alive all this time and the two parent gods both being male. It is revealed by the end that all of the Gods are different aspects/extensions of The Maker god Amun.
- Shapeshifters Do It for a Change: Osiris breaks in his new golden penis when he has sex with Isis while she is still in bird form, hence why their son Horus has a birds head.