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Spin your tale sage. This should be amusing.

Serves as a introduction and backstory for the game Smite. It is written by John Jackson Miller and published by Dark Horse Comics. Events of this comic became the basis for the game's Odyssey 2018, as well as the card game Hand of the Gods.

Smite provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Some of the gods drop their Jerk Ass God tendencies from their respective myths. Justified, however, as they draw their power from worshippers
  • Adaptational Villainy: Hel in the game usually had her Split Personality sadism Played for Laughs. In the comics, however, her dark side is played much more seriously and goes to side the third destructive faction due to being pissed at the binding of Fenrir, her brother. Her light side never got screen time.
  • Ancient Grome: It's revealed in the comic that the Greco-Roman gods are known by different names in the borderlands between Asgard and Olympia, for example, Athena calls Mercury as Hermes, while his faithful in one of that borderlands call him as Mercury (his Roman name).
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  • Anyone Can Die: Zeus died at the first volume, then Mercury died next. And if the game's Odyssey 2018 is to be trusted, next in line to die is Chaac at the hands of Ares because he got in the way of hunting Anubis, whom Ares suspected as the murderer of Zeus.
  • All Myths Are True: Just like the game. This is actually the cause of the first War of the Gods since the various pantheons were afraid of losing their followers to another pantheon.
  • Apocalypse How: The god battles are destroying the human realm.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Every god is part of one. Since the various pantheons have split into factions and fighting each other, they've only gotten worse.
  • Cain and Abel: Hades helps orchestrate his brother Zeus' murder
  • Call-Forward: Or Call-Back, depending on when Athena made Arachne what she is
    Athena: I don't much care for spiders
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  • Creation Myth: Homer tells how many of the gods helped create the world.
  • Crossover Cosmology: Much like the game.
  • Divine Conflict: The comic goes over the second one about whether humans should worship them or be free. The first was more straightforward and happens before the comic starts.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: Hades assists in Zeus' murder.
  • Eye of Horus Means Egypt: Ra's throne has a giant one.
  • Fanservice: Many of the Gods don't wear armor, showing off their very sculpted bodies.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot:
    Athena: (to Neith) Shall we dance all night? I'd rather get straight to it
    Mercury: I'd like to see that
  • Great Offscreen War: The First War of the Gods was divided along pantheon lines before devolving into the current war.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: The Old Order of gods are not actually evil and have some justification for wanting to punish humanity.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The Elysian Uprising wish to protect humanity's right to worship whatever pantheon they want, the Old Order wishes for humans to return to the old ways and killing anyone who doesn't. A third group of unaffiliated gods just want to kill and cause chaos (though this fact comes from the game's lore.)
  • Hero Killer: Loki kills Zeus and Mercury, and threatens to kill Hel.
  • Historical Domain Character: Homer appears telling Nassa about the gods.
  • I Have Many Names: See Ancient Grome above.
  • Kill All Humans: The Old Order seems to have picked this up.
  • The Kingslayer: Loki kills Zeus, presumably more instances like this will likely appear due to the nature of this franchise.
  • Male Gaze: Made hilarious with Athena when she notices Mercury staring at Neith.
    "Oh, act like you've seen a woman before."
  • Multinational Team: Both the Old Order (who Hades, Anubis and Odin are among) and the Elysian Uprising (who Athena, Neith and Thor are among) are technically this.
  • Ship Tease: There's a brief one between Neith and Mercury
  • Title Drop:
    Loki: And you would, what... smite as many gods as you could before death?
    Athena: If you would smite the evil that befalls your world—
  • You Killed My Father: Athena towards Loki.
    Athena: Loki! You murdered my father and my friend!
  • Your Little Dismissive Diminutive