Image Comics is known for thought-provoking creator-owned content, and 2017's God Complex fell right into that territory as it subverted the digital world we live in and our addiction to technology. Writer Paul Jenkins, artist Hendry Prasetya and creator Bryan Lie wove a tale about how the digital era manipulates us with a story made for fans of The Matrix, Blade Runner and Black Mirror.

With that in mind, CBR is breaking down the series' overall plot, its key characters involved and looking at just how tragic the series has been so far.

Like many detective stories, God Complex opens up with a murder investigation. As a cop in Delphi, Seneca is tasked with figuring out why three acolytes of the Church of the Trinity have been killed, which lands him in the center of a conspiracy. Delphi's ruled by new takes on the Greek gods, called Rulers, and they drew Seneca in as they believe him solving these murders could lead them to the Trinity, what the non-digital consumers of the world believe to be god.

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The Rulers knew Seneca left the Church after his mother died of cancer, and they wanted him to be their eyes and ears on the ground, infiltrating it again. As it turns out, the Rulers want to find the Trinity and destroy it, not just because the Church hacked them for sensitive data, but because the Trinity represents freedom. Mankind was secretly enslaved by the Rulers' manipulation of the Stream (a collective conscience of human imagination and ingenuity), which allowed these demigods to control the masses without them knowing. The Trinity is against this control, which sets up a tug of war between both parties with Seneca at the center of the equation.

Seneca is the main protagonist, and he quickly becomes more machine than man after a terrorist attack from the Coup, a rogue faction of the Church that seemingly wanted him to turn on the Rulers. This cost him his girlfriend's life and, using his augmented body, Hephaestus brought him back from the dead with cybernetic enhancements. A bitter Seneca went after the Trinity, as Elite Rulers like Apollo, Hermes and Athena using him as a pawn.

Seneca ended up tapping into the Stream, but similar to how Morpheus found Neo in The Matrix, the Trinity wanted to meet him to reveal the truth, all hidden from the Rulers' gaze. It's revealed the Rulers orchestrated the murders to trick Seneca into doing their bidding, even killing his partner Rodgers who was a secret Church agent. The Trinity existed before the Rulers and wants mankind to be free from technological control, craving their disconnect from the Stream and from the Rulers' grip. The Trinity -- the combination of free thought, word and deed -- believes Seneca is the key to this freedom and the final issue ended with them integrating, transcending into something more. Sadly, that concluded the first volume "Dogma," leaving fans of this cyberpunk world craving more.

God Complex puts a modern spin on the Greek gods that basically creates a new pantheon. Hermes is quick but in terms of tapping into the Stream and manipulating minds as opposed to being fleet of foot. Apollo is the sun god here in terms of leading the Rulers and being the light that illuminates Delphi in terms of technology and finances. Athena doesn't do much apart from showing her hubris, but Hephaestus is more or less true to lore, instead crafting robots instead of metal weapons.

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Seneca ends up feeling a bit like Theseus, searching for some sort of treasure in this broken world, and it's quite ironic that to meet the Trinity, he has to go through a labyrinth. In fact, he even battled a robotic minotaur, throwing back to Theseus's wild adventures in Crete. This maze is also the crux of this story as it's the creative team's analogy for how the mind works and how true freedom is hidden away in the deep, dark recesses of our minds. Interestingly enough, with so many tasks on his plate, Seneca came off a bit like a modern Hercules as well, losing those close to him akin to the Labors. It's something he was coincidentally told by an artificial intelligence construct of the Fates (Delphi's oracles), who warned him he'd endure such tragedy once he tried to be a hero just like Hercules did.

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