God Country #1

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Jason Wordie, John J. Hill Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 11, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 38
9.1Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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...
"So much fun to watch creators find that next level. Go, Cates, go!" -Brian Michael Bendis

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Jan 12, 2017

    God Country #1 is one of the finest books I've read. Everything about this book is captivating. It's human and tender, but pulls in elements of the fantastic in a tight and compelling story. I cannot say enough good things about this book. This is a story that demands your attention. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Johnny Spruce Jun 19, 2017

    Overall, I give this book the highest mark I'm allowed, 5 out of 5. Why? Because after reading this, you get the feel that this issue is just the first step in a long and rewarding journey. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 17, 2016

    God Country has the makings of an epic story at a deeply personal scale.  It teases just enough to hook you, leaving you begging for more.  Roy's life is very real and one that you can instantly connect with.  This makes the events of the book all the more dramatic and powerful.  This is a stunning debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Oct 31, 2016

    If this book was a gymnast it wouldn't just stick the landing, it'd throw in a couple of extra flips and fucking shatter the Earth as it landed. That was terrible, but I did say 'try'" If I could give God Country #1 six out of five stars I would. Unfortunately, I cannot, but what I'm trying to get at is that it's definitely a book that you need to read, so make sure you get your LCS to order it for you, you would be a fool not to. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - Fred B Jan 25, 2017

    God Country #1 is a breathtaking first issue of a comic that is sure to stay in my pull list. Unlike other number one issues and restarts coming out, this is a fresh idea with amazing talent behind it, and that has a concept to it that can lead it in a hundred different directions. There are other new series coming out from Image as well. Im not sure how many others Ill be reading, but do not pass by the opportunity to read this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jan 16, 2017

    'God Country' arrives like a wrecking ball to your pull list. It demands to be read and once you read it you'll wonder why this title wasn't in your life sooner. Cates and Shaw lull you into a false sense of security before propelling your eyeballs out of your head. All hyperbole aside, this is how you make a first issue memorable and instantly addictive. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Hannah Kramer Jan 14, 2017

    Although it has the makings of a horrible science fiction/fantasy movie, God Country #1 is one of the most oddly satisfying action/adventure that I have ever read. It was breathtaking in a way that is impossible to explain, because it involves so much more than words. I highly suggest reading it, especially for people who like storylines with strong beginnings. If the momentum lasts, God Country should be considered a classic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jan 15, 2017

    Cates, Shaw and Wordie create a book with heart, with soul, and with some modern mythology mixed in for good measure. I literally cant wait to get the second issue to see what happens to Emmet, Roy and the human race as a whole. God Country isnt going to be for everyone, especially with the strong language, but choice words aside, Image Comics has a massive hit on their hands with this debut. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdist - Benjamin Bailey Oct 30, 2016

    God Country #1 will be hitting comic shops in January 2017, but you can pre-order it now. Without a doubt, this will be one of next year's big times. It'll be the book that makes everyone say, "Whoa, where dd this come from?!" It's a truly stunning debut and we can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Slackjaw Punks - Regan Lorie Jan 14, 2017

    Like all of Cates and Shaws collaborative efforts, this series is worth keeping on your radar, and shows tremendous promise of what is to come. Even though weve just met, I can tell already that the comics world has never seen a god quite like Emmett Quinlan. So buckle up, folks; sounds like were in for a helluva ride…a ride…into GOD COUNTRY. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Feb 16, 2017

    Hopefully Emmet's condition will be a recurring issue through out this series. This take on Emmet covers new ground as a spin on the hero's journey, as well as highlighting how Alzheimer's affects not only the character but those around him. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Capeless Crusader - Josh Epstein Feb 14, 2017

    VERDICTIt would have been difficult to live up to the advance hype that God Country received, but Cates and company delivered in spades. The opening chapter is a perfectly paced blend of poignant character moments and explosive story beats. The creative team is in near-perfect sync, turning in stellar work. This book is incredibly ambitious, and if its only fault is attempting to reach the scope of a Jack Kirby Fourth World story without QUITE nailing the landing. That said, if it keeps up its pace, then God Country is an early front-runner for the 2018 Eisner Awards in several categories. As such, I feel no compunctions about giving this issue an almost-perfect 9.5/10. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Mar 31, 2017

    What else can I say, God Country was really good. Being that I am behind on this one I still have #2 and #3 to go and I couldn't be happier about that. Today has been cleared, it's time to read some more God Country, I suggest you do the same. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jan 12, 2017

    God Country is a gorgeously illustrated modern tall tale, blending elements of sweeping science fiction with smaller scale family drama in this week's captivating first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jan 13, 2017

    I cannot recommend God Country #1 enough. I know this review is coming out a bit late, but seriously: go back to your comic book store and get this book. Cates, Shaw, Wordie, and Hill have crafted something special here. It would be a shame for your dollars to be wasted elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Jan 13, 2017

    God Country #1 is a strong first issue, one replete with genuine dialogue, impressive characterization and plenty of emotional resonance. Writer Donny Cate's pacing, which simmers at the perfect temperature only to boil over admirably by issue's end is also to be lauded. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Nov 21, 2016

    This is one of the most exciting and captivating first issues of an Image Comics series that Ive read for quite some time, which is definitely saying something. Cates and Shaw are working in perfect harmony here, creating an intense, grounded world thats about to be blown apart in the most gloriously celestial fashion imaginable. Highly, highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Forrest Hollingsworth Jan 11, 2017

    With the cohesiveness and promise of this first issue, I, for one, am along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Jan 18, 2017

    It is a slow start and there's a lot more exposition than some people may find enjoyable, but I think this is a story that warrants it. I'd say this should be given a real chance. The Image team may be on to something with this, and I wouldn't recommend missing it! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 11, 2017

    God Country #1 is a fantastic first issue, the creative team puts together a fantastic story with a great hook to it. Personally, I really like that it's tackling the issue of Alzheimer's/dementia and the strain it not only places on the person afflicted with that disease but also the strain it puts on their family members as well. It's something you do not see talked about very often and rarely in the comic book medium and it's good to have stories like this out there that shine some light on it. The set up of the issue being told as a story passed down from generations is great and give it a feel of an old west folk tale that makes the book that more enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comicsverse - Brandon Guerrero Jan 23, 2017

    Criticism aside, I look forward to learning more about the mythos of this comic, because it has already started in a grandiose way. Image may have another Goliath-level series on its hands because GOD COUNTRY is off to a phenomenal start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Jan 11, 2017

    There is no calm before the storm. Not in this book. We get the storm, but no calm. I am very excited to see where this series goes, and will be reading this going forward. I would recommend that everyone give this book a try, and I hope you feel as intrigued as I do to find out more about this man, his sword, and more of this awesome mystery. This was a good first issue, and I have a feeling it is going to get crazier from here. It isn't easy to be original, especially with so many good stories out there, but God Country #1 does a good job showing us a few things we've seen before, a few things we haven't, and it does it with some beautiful art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Nov 22, 2016

    "God Country" has the potential to be truly great. This story will be special. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 12, 2017

    As much as it succeeds in giving a weight and context to these events, it tends to be too little heavy-handed for its own good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Patrick Healy Jan 13, 2017

    First, let's begin by saying it's rare that a colorist steals the show. Yet, that is absolutely the case with Jason Wordie. Wordie's colors avoid the drab temptation of the story's Texas prairie setting and instead engages the reader's eye. Warm and cool tones provide a visually interesting storytelling experience. The pages slide green to red, coloring monsters in purples and tan in ways that not only defy the use of words but capture the sense of the fantastic hidden within an otherwise dreary world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Jan 15, 2017

    I liked the story just fine, sure, but I absolutely loved the artwork " and so will you. By the time this issue was over, I found myself more than happy to add this title to my already-frighteningly-large pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Oct 29, 2016

    God Country #1 is a surprise. Not so much for its quality, but for the focus on family and all the challenges that come with it. Image has been touting the series as Southern Bastards meets American Gods, and while that's certainly apt, the first issue's choice to wade in the dirtier end of the pool as opposed to science fiction theatrics (though there's some rewarding venturing there too) adds gravitas to the mythological. It's about a god wandering the American plains, sure, but it's largely about second chances and fighting to keep the world from crushing down on you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Carl Hamlin Jan 11, 2017

    I didn't know what to expect when coming into this comic,but I can tell you I wasn't expecting this. This art is the kind of art thatgrows on you, because it started off as a pain point in the book when I startedbut by the end I was liking it. My favorite part about first issues of a comicis the end, was the story strong enough to pull you in, was the ending enoughto leave you wanting more? With this story the answer all the way around is yes! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 10, 2017

    God Country is without a doubt one of the best books on the stands this week. Read Full Review

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