A Review: GOD COUNTRY #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of GOD COUNTRY #1 from Image Comics. Donny Cates writes, Geoff Shaw draws, Jason Wordie colors, and John J. Hill letters.

Emmett Quinlan was a good man, a strong man. Until Alzheimer’s ravaged his mind and body. His son Roy wanted to take care of him; he remembered the good man that his father was, even when Emmett couldn’t. The storm that came that night was brutal, maybe even unnatural. It destroyed Emmett’s house and brought something terrible with it, but it also brought the sword. The sword made Emmett whole again, but at what cost?

Sometimes mysterious swords have owners, and that’s as close as I’ll get to spoiling this issue. This is a very touching story, and it’s easy to feel for both Roy and Emmett along the way. It’s written well enough to let us wonder how weird this story could possibly get, and to revel in that possibility. The art works really well too, with well-executed, well-placed chaos and a color scheme that’s both western and cosmic at the same time.

There’s an ingrained sense of family in this story that threatens to transcend the small-town feel as well as the cosmic adventure. I really like where this could be going.

GOD COUNTRY #1 is available now at your local comic shop or at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )