God is Dead #1

God is Dead #1

Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Mike Costa Artist: Di Amorim Publisher: Avatar Press Release Date: September 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
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Like a thunderbolt from heaven, the epic launch issue of GOD IS DEAD is here!  East of West and Fantastic Four author JONATHAN HICKMAN launches a fierce new series that stomps where others fear to tread.  Mankind has argued over the existence of gods since the dawn of time.

In modern eras it's been fashionable to mock religious believers with taunts of scientific testimony and fact.  But when the gods of old begin to reappear on earth and claim the domain of man for their own, the world is thrown into a state of utter anarchy.

Now Horus walks the streets of Egypt, Zeus has taken over the Sistine Chapel, and Odin is coordinating the dissection of the earth among the returned deities.

Mankind held sway over the world for thousands of years and their hubris over that time has made them powerful but when faced with the divine, can mortal weapons put an end to the second coming of the gods?

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Space Chief Sep 6, 2013

    It's hard to say at this point where Hickman and Costa are taking us but if the first issue is any indication, I am in for the long haul! It is for all of these reasons that I Space Chief, God Of Nonsense, must give God Is Dead a solid… Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geek Smash - Nick Alsup Sep 7, 2013

    If you haven't read “God is Dead” #1 yet, you need to go pick it up. It's a completely new take on the end of the world, and I cant wait to see what's going to happen next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Sep 4, 2013

    Although the story doesnt appear particularly deep at this point, there is certainly a sense of the epic throughout the pages of God is Dead. The plot is fantastically interesting and different, and there is a ton of potential for something really special with this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Sep 7, 2013

    Overall, there is a lot of potential in the concept. This first issue just establishes the overall scenario, so I really have no idea (yet) whether this will be an edgy comic of just something that is derivative of a Big 2 superhero work that uses gods as bad guys (since they're in the public domain). It may turn out to be nothing, but at least the potential for boldness is present. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Roel Fiala Sep 15, 2013

    All in all, though presenting as a mere invasion story, God is Dead has the potential to be something great and also controversial. But it also makes readers ask questions such as the use of polytheistic deities rather than monotheistic Gods as well as the tone of the comic, will this story offend religious or non-religious adherents? Hopefully, it will as well as be more darker and edgier. In addition, the art is not something to be amazed about it, feels very traditional however consistent through out the issue. Overall, the concept is sound but specifically being a first issue the execution could have been a lot better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 6, 2013

    When I was a young'un, I discovered James Blish's 2-part novel, Black Easter and The Day After Judgement, in which Satan is turned loose upon a world that has abandoned, or been abandoned by, God, and discovers that the responsibility for the portioning of good and evil is too much even for his dark shoulders. Profound and all that, with Satan given a long, Miltonian exegesis; but at that age, all that metaphysical shit went over my head: what excited me were the sections where the US military takes on the forces of demons and darkness. But at this point in my life, even more than seeing giant gods go toe-to-toe with American nukes, I think I'd prefer a bit more of that metaphysical shit in my reading. I'm probably adding a half star to this rating based on the hope that Hickman has some of that up his sleeve for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Sep 9, 2013

    Most of this feels like an excuse for some blood, tits and mayhem Avatar style, presented in some fairly functional art from co-plotter Mike Costa. Best to let sleeping gods lie. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    IGN - AllThatJas Sep 6, 2013

    Hickman and Costa are talented enough writers to turn this into something worthwhile, but #1 doesn't raise hopes. Their Gods are alive. They're just laughable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 20, 2013

    Hickman has given me (and many others) many, many hours of highly fulfilling stories to read over the years in the many, many titles and issues he's written. I just am not convinced that God Is Dead is going to be another one of these type of books from Hickman. Hopefully, issue #2 will prove me wrong. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Sep 5, 2013

    Honestly, there's not a whole lot to say about this issue. Not only is it a disappointment considering Hickman's current work at other publishers, it's a disappointment that they charged $3.99 for this. The issue feels almost half finished with how little content there is to work with here. There are no interesting characters present because the half dozen human characters that do appear feel little more than cardboard cutouts. Not only is there no sense of Hickman's characteristic writing that brings out fully realised characters in a few lines of dialogue, there's no sense of any character whatsoever. This is just disappointing because not only am I personally a huge fan of Hickman's work, I honestly hoped that this would be a good series that would allow him to perhaps tell a story that wouldn't be found anywhere else. As it turns out, there was no story to be found here either. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Sep 6, 2013

    Unfortunately, the selection of gods and Hickman and Costa's delegation of leadership feels arbitrary. "God is Dead" falls flat in living up to the ambition of its themes, or else it's not trying to achieve any commentary on power and religion. There may be stronger mechanics and a more thoughtful treatment of ideas in future issues, but as a debut, "God is Dead" #1 feels crude. Read Full Review

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