After such an awesome first issue, I eagerly awaited the release of God Country #2. For a month now, it has been my hope that the second issue of the series would be just as good as the first. Thankfully, I got what I had hoped for and more.
There is no doubt in my mind that God Country is going to go down in comic book history as one of the greats.
The reason that the series works so well—the reason why the first two issues were so great—is that despite being about gods and demons and magical swords, God Country is entirely human. And somehow regardless of its depth and complexity, God Country is accessible. So, as long as nothing changes drastically, you can guarantee that I will be recommending each and every issue of God Country.
Alright, enough gushing, back to the issue.
In God Country #2 writer Donny Cates reveals several things that provide the reader with a clearer picture of what is going on. Issue #2 feels like the second part of Issue#1—it simply builds upon where Cates left off and does so in a way that is highly entertaining.
Emmett Quinlan, the Alzheimer’s stricken man who is seemingly healed when he stumbles across a giant cosmic sword, is intriguing. The sword, Valofax, has a mind of its own, and for whatever reason has bequeathed itself to a seeming ‘broken’ human. Surely Emmett is destined for great things, or else why would Valofax choose him? Valofax is the sword of all swords—a weapon with godly power, and Emmett is a sassy old Texan. What’s the connection?
Emmett, no longer dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s, essentially meets his family for the first time, and this emotional moment in God Country #2 is wonderful. Because while everyone loves an underdog story, the inclusion of Emmett’s family not only raises the stakes, it justifies our emotional reaction as readers. By this is I mean that when we are both happy and shocked to see Emmett recover and return to his former self, we can look at his son, Roy, who is experiencing the same joy and disbelief that we are, and in a moment, know that what we’re feeling is genuine.
Much like Cates’ writing, Geoff Shaw’s illustrations and Jason Wordie’s colors are stunning. There is some serious talent working on God Country, and selfishly, I hope that the line-up doesn’t change anytime soon.
God Country #2 is an obvious must-buy.