Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1

Writer: Francis Manapul, Dan Watters, Phillip K. Johnson, Josie Campbell Artist: Francis Manapul, Max Dunbar, Jack Herbert, Caitlin Yarsky Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 25, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 28
7.7Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Written by Francis Manapul, Dan Watters, Philip Kennedy Johnson, and Josie Campbell. Art by Francis Manapul, Max Dunbar, Jack Herbert, and Caitlin Yarsky. As the Lazarus rain beats down upon planet Earth, human beings are only a fraction of those affected by this transformative upheaval--enter: We Once Were Gods. This series of vignettes explores Lazarus Planet's effects across the many extraordinary locations and creatures in the DC Universe, and like their human counterparts, these beings are in for some big changes. Can Themyscira survive the resurrection of every invading army that ever graced its shores? Will Martian Manhunter survive a more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Jan 24, 2023

    Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1 just did an amazing thing. It made me hungry for an upcoming series I never gave a thought to. This issue revivified my interest in the Amazons, the Shazam Family, and especially Martian Manhunter Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 24, 2023

    These four stories are all great, and all make me want to see a lot more from these creative teams. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Andrew Isidoro Jan 24, 2023

    This is a fantastic anthology comic from DC that really lets its stars shine. You get a real sense that the eruption of Lazarus Island will have a lasting impact on the DC universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 24, 2023

    In an anthology anomaly, none of the stories were underwhelming and were solid reads. Nothing seems especially major for the Lazarus Planet event, but it won't feel like a waste of money or the time reading it. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Jan 24, 2023

    Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods is not much more than an advertisementand a worse one even than Assault on Krypton. Every one of the stories is carried by the art even when the art is fairly ordinary. Like Assault on Krypton before it, there is really only one story that tells a complete narrativein this case the one featuring Mary and Malik. To its credit, the story featuring Jonn Jonnz reaches for significance in its attempt for a serious theme, but there isnt enough space for it to feel anything but contrived. The remaining two stories are not much better than what you might find on Free Comic Book Day. And something that costs $4.99 should not have material akin to something found on Free Comic Book Day. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 25, 2023

    Each story fills its pages in a way that progresses the current concerns of a nice array of different characters, but without a whole lot to connect the stories, it feels like a group of one-shot stories uncomfortably crammed together. The scope of the Lazarus Planet crossover feels impressive, though. Its just too bad that there couldnt have been more of a direct connection between all of the stories that went beyond vague thematic notions. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Davydh Tidey Jan 26, 2023

    Reading this book, I kept returning to four words; transformation, sacrifice, consequences and hope. That's why the sections bare those names. They're the themes that run through We Once Were Gods, not just the individual stories. These stories set all that up, while there's hope for a better tomorrow, there's also still more to come. Consequences of their actions are coming home to roost, and our heroes will need to be prepared for the coming battles. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 24, 2023

    Ultimately, these oversized Lazarus Planet issues are just launching points for future storylines with the characters involved. So, if youre not an Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, or Shazam fan, Id skip Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1. And even if you ARE a fan, the stories are so small and their purpose so obvious, it could be spelled out on a summary page or within the actual pages of the future series itself. If this trend continues with these Lazarus Planet issues, Im out! I want an actual story and not these mini vignettes that dont amount to much other than setup and advertisements for the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Jan 25, 2023

    While probably not necessary to enjoy "Lazarus Planet," this comic is probably a good launching point for many of the upcoming tie-in series. Read Full Review

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