In Review: American Gods #3

After a bizarre encounter with his dead wife, Shadow Moon is eager to flee Eagle Point and put the past behind him.

Synopsis: After a bizarre encounter with his dead wife, Shadow Moon is eager to flee Eagle Point and put the past behind him. In Chicago, he is introduced to an eccentric family who seem to be a key part of Mr. Wednesday’s mysterious plans.

Review: This issue sees Shadow Moon meet his dead wife in the motel room where he is staying.

They talk and she tells him what happened with Robbie and her final memories.

Laure believes she has been brought back from the dead to watch over Shadow and see he does not come to harm.

The issue ends where Wednesday and Shadow have met up with Czernobog.

Much like last issue. It is surprising me just how different the comic book adaptation is to the TV series and how events seem to happen in a different order.

In the TV series. We got a full episode telling Laura and Shadow Moon’s back story, which I felt was kind of unnecessary. Nothing of a sort here. She meets him they talk. She leaves.

P. Craig Russell is doing a pretty good job of adapting Neil Gaiman’s original text and the artwork by Scott Hampton does what it needs to in order to tell the story.

A sequence I really liked was the dream sequence early in the book when Shadow is walking amongst a lot of old statues of the older gods. Hampton’s take on these gods was a little freaky and obviously designed to try and give lessor readers the willies.

We also get a great interlude story involving the Vikings landing in the America’s, but again it is done different to what we have seen in the TV series. In the comic the Vikings are all killed by a native tribe. In the TV series they leave.

The final page of the comic focuses on the start of the game between Shadow Moon and Czernobog.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in issue four.

American Gods #3
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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