Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1

Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1

Event\Storyline: Godhead Writer: Van Jensen, Justin Jordan Artist: Ethan Van Sciver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 1, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 6
7.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

"GODHEAD" Act 1, Part 1: Highfather, leader of the New Gods, has long studied the infinite and infinitely mysterious Source Wall which surrounds the universe. Now, he has learned that during "Green Lantern: Lights Out," the ring-wielders broke through the Wall and stole secrets of cosmic importance. Determined to breach the Source Wall himself, Highfather must gain one of each colored ring in the emotional spectrum. But even mighty Highfather doesn't know all, and the forces he's about to unleash will have transformative effects on the whole DC Universe! Cosmic mystery, overwhelming odds, familiar and brand-new New Gods - This one's got it all! This issue also includes a special fold-out that will take you to the Source Wall like never before!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 1, 2014

    This is how events should start off, with a humongous bang. It feels like we've seen a lot of events and crossovers lately, even in the Green Lantern titles. This one is off to a fantastic start (should I say "Van-tastic' in honor of Van Jensen?). As a big Green Lantern and New Gods fan, holy cow does this deliver pretty much everything I could ask for. Don't let the fact that this is the "first act" fool you. There's a lot going on and if this is indicative of the rest of the arc, we're in for quite a treat. The issue is full of great writers and artists and it shows. Don't miss out on this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Oct 1, 2014

    CONS: The story for some readers might be too much in one issue, even if it seems great care is taken to lay out how many parts exist within the whole. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 7, 2014

    A super opening chapter that brings the Corps into conflict with the Gods. This is going to be great! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Oct 2, 2014

    Godhead is a visually engaging first act and something different for long-time Green Lantern fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Oct 8, 2014

    Though just an opening chapter, Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1 could actually still be read as a self-contained story about elitist culture believing they hold all the answers, only to fail by way of their own egos. The next three months of Green Lantern family titles — Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lanterns, and Sinestro — are devoted to fleshing out the conflict between those who think they know everything and those trying their hardest to prove their worth to a universe that hates them. It's going to be an emotionally-charged, character-driven event, and Godhead #1 is a near-perfect start. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 1, 2014

    While I wasn't a fan of the many many artists on this issue, it didn't do that much to hinder my reading experience.  Some of the transitions were a little abrupt, but I can live with them since they're are telling such a massive story.  I'm not a fan of these constant GL crossovers, but this one seems to have the makings of being something special and I guess I can get behind another crossover so quick after the last one but come on DC, you gotta promise that this will be the last one for awhile.  Please?  Many writers, many artists, but the ones who really pulled this issue off were the colorists who always do their best job on the Lantern titles, so bravo, bravo.  Go check it out and prepare yourself for GODHEAD. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - CJ Yudelson Oct 4, 2014

    Green Lantern/New Gods Godhead was a very fun and lengthy read. It had everything I wanted in the first issue of a crossover and then some. Despite thinking Highfather was a little to military-minded I liked all of the depictions., The generals of New Genesis had really cool character designs and the story left off at a great place, especially for those who are long time Lantern readers. Even if your too tired from all the crossovers, I recommend you check this first issue out, I liked it a lot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 1, 2014

    With the New Gods wielding all seven Lantern rings, to mangle Yeezus again, it's clear no one man should have all that power - and it's going to be up to the Green Lanterns to fight back. Pitting DC's premier space cops against Jack Kirby's celebrated space warriors is a no-brainer, and the scale and stakes are high enough to pique reader interest. This sweeping introduction is big enough and bold enough to justify a look - that said, while this book hits all the right superheroic notes, the lack of a human touch to the New Gods and the Lanterns alike may result in Godhead preaching only to the converted. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Normal Oct 1, 2014

    Overall, this book is pretty entertaining. Kirby's New Gods and Green Lantern are two of my personal favorite parts of the DC Universe so seeing them meet in a story as epic as this one promises to be is just awesome. This isn't a perfect book, though, but the problems that I have with are problems that I've been having with Green Lantern for a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Myke Havoc Oct 1, 2014

    All five Green Lantern book writers contributed to the story while six artists handled the pencils and inks. For so many cooks in the kitchen, it flows surprisingly well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Oct 1, 2014

    Like the Sinestro Corps Special and Blackest Night #0, the Green Lantern / New Gods: GodHead one-shot bursts off the comic store shelf and screams, "read me!"  Successfully establishing the New Gods in the New52 multiverse the issue does a great job in letting us know that something epic is about to unfold over the next few months.  While the issue does have a couple of puzzling moments and doesn't spend enough time establishing the personalities of the inhabitants of New Genesis as I'd like, there's so much to like in how the issue sets up the event that it's easy to overlook any shortcomings.  Four (and a half) lanterns out of five. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 2, 2014

    For many readers, including myself, the Lanterns have faded of late, not shining as brightly as they once did, but with the New Gods ready to march into battle, I can declare that this is the most interested I have been in the entire Lanterns' line since well before the launch of the New 52 in September 2011. The New Gods deserved pomp and circumstance for their arrival, and while this story has only begun, it begins on the right note, as the New Gods are set to impact the DC Universe in a big way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Oct 7, 2014

    Godhead does a great job of delivering a compelling opening chapter to another Green Lantern mini-event. If you're not a fan of Green Lantern or the New Gods then there may not be enough here to sway you to jump on board, but if you are, this looks like it will shine a much needed light on the New Gods in the New 52 and add another exciting chapter to the Green Lantern saga. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Oct 1, 2014

    The only true negative aspect for this issue has to be the multiple artist, and not because any one of their sequences were terrible in fact they all were either solid to amazing. work but their styles were just different enough to force a reader to readjust. The other negative aspect being the lack of center for the Green Lanterns. They are simply here to serve as the whipping boys for the New Gods and with the New Gods getting the character moments with fantastic visuals. It's truly a New Gods book from start to finish. A fine start to a promising event, lucky part 2 is already out. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 2, 2014

    Overall though (and despite a really unusual printing error in the backmatter), this is a solid introduction to the crossover, and acts as a fitting start to the New Gods' time in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Oct 2, 2014

    Ethan Van Sciver, Martin Coccolo, Goran Sudzuka, ChrisCross, Pete Woods all alternate between the pages to bring their unique artistic talents to the table. For the most part, these styles work well together and in their own ways. However, there are certain scenes where the seams show a bit, but that is to be expected with so many contributors. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Oct 2, 2014

    With everything being thrown at you in this issue just remember that these creators have proven themselves time and time again.Yes, this issue has some issues with art, at least from this perspective, but after this the series splits into Acts from across the Lantern-title line up so the art should normalize. So should you continue with this series? The answer is absolutely, even if youre not reading all the Lantern titles it might be worth checking them out as well. Kirby characters and Kyle Rayner at the center of it all (a personal favorite) has the makings of something great and with creators like this you just cant go wrong. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Oct 7, 2014

    Ultimately, the word that hamstrings this issue is 'unnecessary'. Scenes, lines, concepts feel unnecessary and, in the end, this issue does for the most part. If you're jazzed about the concept, it might be worth your time, but I might test the waters with Green Lantern #35 first. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Gabe Carrasco Oct 7, 2014

    DC, you're aware that the most interesting things about your comics are the bad guys, right? So why would a huge crossover event revolve around such one-dimensional characters? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    JBL Reviews Oct 2, 2014

    Good start. I'm intrigued

  • 8.0
    WhiteLantern Oct 2, 2014

    This oversized one-shot is the beginning chapter of the "Godhead" crossover, and it's fairly well done. While the story is intriguing enough, the dialogue is bogged down by exposition is some areas, getting in the way of the narrative a bit. But, as this is the first introduction of every New God not named Orion, the exposition is necessary. Where the book really does well is the artwork. Even with five different pencilers, the art doesn't contrast to the point of being distracting. The jaw dropping moment for me was the fold out of the source wall, as Ethan Van Sciver tackles that part with his usual fantastic detail. Overall, a really good start to "Godhead", and recommended if you're reading multiple Green Lantern titles.

  • 7.5
    havok1977 Oct 18, 2014

    The first pages with the intro to the New Gods was rough to say the least. The set up of the story was handled much better. Wait and see

  • 4.0
    Gizmo Oct 3, 2014

    This just turned into a boring, overpriced monstrosity. With all of the exposition needed, this is like paying five dollars to do your homework. First, a ton of lore is regurgitated on you, then a bunch of new god characters are introduced with no time to explore them. Each page then consists of introducing one of the seven lantern colours followed by seven very half-baked snafus made by the individual gods. Another plot to take the rings away form the corps, yay... Nothing has any time to register for the significance it should have because this essentially has to act as a jump on point to introduce readers to a dozen villains, half a dozen lantern corps, plus backstories and lore. On top of that, the art is a Frankenstein's monster stitched together with an overuse of the red & white panels. I might have more patience if we didn't JUST finish the last freakin' Lantern crossover. Is it so much to ask to go for just 6 months without having to cross over into any other Lantern titles that I don't want to buy? Why can't I just buy one or two Lantern titles in peace? I realize some titles sell better than others, but if DC keeps pushing then they're going to break me and I won't be reading ANY Green Lantern anymore. If you are not reading any of the Lantern books, I wouldn't recommend starting here; if you already read one of the Lantern books... Well, then I guess you don't have a choice.

  • 8.5
    Speeding Bullets Oct 2, 2014

  • 8.5
    Redeadhood Oct 5, 2014

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