Story: Donny Cates (Star Trek, Buzzkill)
Art: Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, John J. Hill
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…
We would have reviewed the first book of God Country when it first came out a few weeks ago – however it seems the internet wanted to trade the premiere issue more than it wanted anyone to read it. Never argue with the internet. That there is a losing proposition, y’all.
The first God Country starts out on a slow simmer and you get a feeling for the characters over several pages. Something that doesn’t happy very often in comics: you aren’t expecting the “BOOM! Tornado! Old man with a sword! The sword has a name!” that is the apex of the initial story.
It establishes a very “Firefly”ish style of dialog that immediately gives you the flavor and tone for the narrator of the story. The art is done in a style that is very appropriate to the Midwestern-feeling locale – very ink heavy with shading done with the pen instead of the coloring. The colors are used to show the washed out nature of the prairie and overall fits the concept very well (It’s rough and it should be).
Number 2 expands upon the various gods that have been introduced to this family and explains how the old man interacts with his new sword. The lore here is a lush tapestry of story-telling – reminiscent of Thor or Greek Mythology mixed with a western landscape.
The regular covers for God Country are, in my opinion, perfect. Too many books nowadays have covers that have no relation to the story held within its pages. God Country’s covers are give you a glimpse of the story without giving it away. In addition, the books are normal length books that, even with the wordy nature of the second book, provides a smooth read that draws you in to the story. A must-purchase for anyone looking to lose themselves in a potentially deep storyline. By the way: If you like this type of storytelling, you’ll also enjoy Preacher which delivers the story in much the same way. Run to your local comic book shop today for God Country – reprints of the first book are currently available as #2 which is out Feb 15th. The books are running on a monthly basis after that.