Disclaimer: I have not read the book. This is a review of the series adaptation, and is perhaps why I’m not disappointed (as often happens–as in the case of the reviewer from The Humanist) after having read the book first.
I recently finished this series, which is a cross between Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Harry Potter. In the beloved tradition of Neil Gaiman fantasy–which gave us Coraline, American Gods, Sandman, and Lucifer Morningstar–, Good Omens blends technology and magic, ancient mythology and contemporary urban landscape, and re-enchants the world. Good Omens is light and comedic. The storyline is innocent and can be enjoyed by both adults and children.
The official story is about a 6,000-year-old bromance between an angel and a demon who become friends and decide not to take sides in a battle that makes everyone suffer. They instead take sides with each other and with the world. But in reality–and this is what I enjoyed most about the series, and why I love Neil Gaiman’s literary work–Good Omens flips the great cosmic war depicted in the Biblical tradition between heaven and hell and shows how it’s the Earth that suffers for its cause, and that the REAL Armageddon, the REAL cosmic battle is between the forces of THIS world and those of the other, imaginary worlds for whose sake we go to war and cause misery to each other. For this reason, and for its comedic approach to myth, I greatly enjoyed Good Omens.