It’s been about twenty years since I read Small Gods, but I have fond memories of it. I still consider it one of my favourite Pratchett novels, and although my memory is quite hazy on the plot, I can still vividly picture an enraged tortoise bouncing up and down and screaming threats of smiting by thunderbolts. I love the idea that the power of a God is determined by the strength of the faith of his believers, which in this case results in the Great God Om manifesting as a tortoise when he comes back to anoint the next prophet.
I was excited to read through this comic, if only to remind myself of the story, and it was fun for that. I had forgotten the basic structure of the novel, and this works as a sort of Coles Notes. Ray Friesen artwork was great, I thought. It’s unique a quirky and fits the tone very well.
I wouldn’t recommend this to a new reader, however, as you don’t really want the Coles Notes version of a Terry Pratchett novel. This has some of the story elements, and some of the humour, but it’s hard to encompass any novel-length story in a short graphic novel, let alone one from the Discworld series. Part of the joy of a Discworld novel is being dragged along at breakneck speed on the back of a ridiculous plot while constantly being smacked in the face with branches of irreverent wit and cutting satire, and you obviously lose quite a lot of that when you convert a 400 page novel to a 128 page graphic novel.
It was fun to revisit, but I think I need to re-read Small Gods now.