God Country Issue 1, Image Comics

God Country | Issue#1
Published January 11th, 2017 | Image
Written by Donny Cates |
Art by Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, and John J. Hill

It’s not often that something this good comes along. God Country is a new series from Image, and to put it simply, Issue #1 is fantastic; this series is going to be amazing.

Image describes the story as:

“Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn’t just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State…”

Sounds great, right?

Boy, can Donny Cates write…From the first page, to the last page, Cates brings it. Clearly inspired here, Cates weaves a web that refuses to let readers escape once they’re trapped. The writing is dense, yes, but Cates writes very well and puts enough words on the page to bring the story to life.

The combination of Shaw’s illustrations and Wordie’s coloring is brilliant. Shaw’s unique style fits well with the tale that Cotes is crafting. It’s gritty and dense and riddled with emotion, and scanning from panel to panel is like similar a great film. In the layout department, there isn’t much to write home about save for some epic, beautifully drawn page/two-page spreads. Regardless of this though, the art alone makes God Country #1 a worthwhile read.

Issue #1 of God Country builds up to one hell of a ‘Holy Shit’ moment that left me silently mouthing the word, “Wow.” And as long as there aren’t any drastic changes – that compromises quality – made in the near future, and the team keeps up the solid work, I am sure that God Country will not only blossom into a great series, but will be talked about for years to come.

And if, by the time you finish reading this review, you don’t get a copy of God Country #1 for yourself, know that I am terribly disappointed in you…


The Bottom Line

God Country is an awesome new series from Image. It’s fresh and fueled by some serious talent, and there’s no reason why any fan of comics shouldn’t go out right now and pick up a copy. Trust me, you’re going to want to read this one.

Score: 9 out of 10