The Goddamned #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: R. M. Guera, Giulia Brusco Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 11, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 23
8.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Writer JASON AARON & artist R.M. GUÉRA, the creators of the seminal crime series SCALPED, reunite for a new ongoing series of stark and brutal biblical noir, which begins with a SPECIAL OVER-SIZED DEBUT ISSUE featuring thirty pages of story.

"And the earth was filled with violence." Genesis 6:11

Its 1655 years after Eden, and life on Earth has already gone to hell. The world of man is a place of wanton cruelty and wickedness. Prehistoric monsters and stone-age marauders roam the land. Murder and destruction are the rule of the day. Humankind is a failed experiment. This is life before the Flood. The story of man more

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Nov 11, 2015

    The Goddamned is the kind of book that uses biblical story-telling as entertainment infused with its reference material. This opening issue knows no boundaries, and that complete openness is truly a sight to behold.The Goddamned will punch you hard in the gut with its twist on the familiar tale, rendered beautifully on every page. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Oct 20, 2015

    For obvious reasons, THE GODDAMNED is rightfully deserved a "MATURE" rating. Sensitive and politically correct types are advised to skip this one unless they want to either stoke or incinerate this potentially controversial piece of visual literature. In other words, consider yourselves warned. Nonetheless, THE GODDAMNED #1 is a great start of the creative team's vision of the possibility in the most intense and gritty way possible (or exceeding our expectations). It's time to rethink how we see things previously, and this long awaited artistic collaborative reunion gives us something to review what we should have done before, both intellectually and spiritually. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fox Force Five News - Keven Skinner Nov 13, 2015

    The Goddamned is gritty, fast-paced and looks amazing. If you're a fan of classic series that aren't afraid to take religion through the ringer (example. Preacher) then go to your local comic shops and put this on your pull list immediately. It's hard to decide which debut was more impressive this year but The Goddamned issue 1 is right beside Tokyo Ghost issue 1 in terms of scope, writing and glorious visuals. Get it and embrace the biblical chaos. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathburn Nov 20, 2015

    This is a strong first issue. I could see some being put off by the comments that Cain makes about God. I have no such reservations. This would be pre-Apocalypse, if that was such a term. But, with all the work that Aaron has coming out, this is one that truly should be noticed. The characters are interesting enough. The world building is impressive. Meshed together, it's a great first issue of what should surely be another stand-out title and one that may be as great as Aaron and Guera's Scalped. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Nov 12, 2015

    Image has another big hit with this first issue, and may even lead to one of its strongest title, along with the likes of Saga and Southern Bastards. In addition, Aaron proves, yet again, whe he may just be the best writer in comics right now. This is not an issue you will want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Nov 15, 2015

    This is a mature readers title, if you couldnt tell yet. There is language, brutal violence and some nudity; none which feels forced or out of place, which really shows that these storytellers know exactly what they are doing with this book. By the end of the first issue, we have a better idea of who is who, and we get a shocking looking at the books take on a large biblical figure. This is an excellent start to this breath of fresh air series- I cant wait to see whats in store for the future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Nov 10, 2015

    Another utterly fantastic debut for a new Image Comics series then, and a welcome return for this particular creative partnership; a team who clearly havent lost a step since the conclusion of Scalped over three years ago. Brutal, unrelenting, disturbingly beautiful and in-your-face from the opening page, The Goddamned is an absolutely essential read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 19, 2015

    It has the sensibilities of a western, the action of a kung fu movie and a mysterious protagonist you'll be dying to learn more about. Look for it in comic book stores and Comixology November 11th. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Nov 16, 2015

    Here Cain refers to his God as both an asshole and a cunt, which seems to be a statement of intent for this comic: it brings out the Old Testament's nastiness and depravity that's typically overlooked or brushed aside by higher language or obfuscation. The Goddamned takes this essential cultural touchstone and gets down and dirty with it. Its effectiveness as an antediluvian tale is emphasized in the visceral interpretation, making damn sure this book resonates with a modern audience of all creeds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Nov 11, 2015

    This seems to be the thesis of The Goddamned. Not to compare what is merely a decent first issue to the greatestwork of literate in the English language, but it may very well prove that Aaron'spurpose forthis series is to “justify the ways of God to men” as per Milton in Paradise Lost, albeit instead of the Fall with regards to the Deluge; not eventhat mankind actually has suffered divine punishment, but that such judgement would be justified. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Josh Epstein Nov 3, 2015

    The Goddamned is an ambitious story which will delight fans of apocalyptic fiction. Its horrific setting, corrupt characters, and unrepentant brutality blend into a sickening masterpiece.The beautiful ugliness of R.M. Guera's art is impossible to look away from and pairs with Jason Aaron's script perfectly. It will never find its way into Christian book stores, but it fleshes out the Book of Genesis in a way which will force you to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Nov 12, 2015

    It’s safe to say that I’m beyond impressed with this premiere issue of this intense series. This is a sensitive topic, unfortunately, so Aaron and Guera are sort of walking on eggshells while they portray such a sacred book. Honestly, I actually hope we get more than just a comic book rendering of the Bible. Whether or not you’re religious, this is a must-read book! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Nov 12, 2015

    THE GODDAMNED #1 is a compelling read. It shows humanity at its absolute worst, it doesn't sugar coat anything, and hope has long abandoned this dirty rock spinning through space. But it grabs you from that first moment, and your eyes can't help but watch a fully realised world unfold before you. It's what Jason Aaron does best, sit you down, slap you across the face and make you pay attention, all the while telling you a story you need to know. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Nov 12, 2015

    The Goddamned #1 is a ferocious and bloodthirsty look at biblical canon created by two twisted geniuses. The set design is massive and bold, creating a world that reminds you of your insignificance and leaves you pondering your own mortality. Aaron and Guera are back in the drivers seat at Image, and this promises to be a blockbuster finish to the comic book year of 2015. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Nov 11, 2015

    The Goddamned #1 is a masterful, unrelenting portrayal of the world of the book of Genesis from artist rm Guera and colorist Giulia Brusco, who invoke the senseless violence, godlessness, and general lack of order that makes basically every dystopia you've read about look like a dystopia. Jason Aaron adheres pretty closely to the Biblical narrative while making his protagonist Cain a more complex figure than he was shown to be in Genesis 4 while still building off his internal feelings shown in this story. All in all, The Goddamned #1 shows that the Book of Genesis was the great grandfather of the post-apocalyptic genre and is filled with imagery that will challenge and disgust readers while making them ponder their own beliefs and relationships with classic texts. Plus Guera's art kicks ass! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Enrique Rea Nov 14, 2015

    ‘Before the Flood' is the prequel to the infamous great cleansing flood of biblical legend and the fact that Aaron's take on this is framed as a young Clint Eastwood seeking something in a dark desolate wasteland is enough to make it easily accessible and thrilling. It's got enough visceral delight in its brutality thanks to Guera's amazing visuals that ‘The Goddamned' is a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Nov 15, 2015

    Without a doubt, The Goddamned is a fascinating comic book with a lot of potential. Image continues to take chances and diversify the type of stories they publish. This is definitely not a comic for a young readers, so please be aware of that. With that caveat in mind, this is definitely one of the highlights for this week. Go pick it up! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Karcossa Nov 12, 2015

    The Goddamned #1 has quite a bit of pace to it, with minimal text and speech for a majority of the pages within he comic; I like how the pages with minimal text impacts the way in which the story is told, just asI'm looking forward to seeing how the series will pan out five, six, seven or more issues down the road.Jason Aaron has earned a reputation of being a great writer of comics, and part of that is his ability to plot out a long story, and I can't wait to see where he'll take us withThe Goddamned. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Nov 12, 2015

    'Before the Flood' is the prequel to the infamous great cleansing flood of biblical legend and the fact that Aaron's take on this is framed as a young Clint Eastwood seeking something in a dark desolate wasteland is enough to make it easily accessible and thrilling. It's got enough visceral delight in its brutality thanks to Guera's amazing visuals that 'The Goddamned' is a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Oct 20, 2015

    "The Goddamned" is gripping, gritty and bleak. The first issue lays out exactly what readers can expect from this series; much like "Scalped," there are hard men making hard choices in a world that isn't interested in their well being. The creators have put together a nasty piece of work that owns what it is and is unafraid to explore the darker corners of this flood myth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 10, 2015

    Aaron has described his latest work as "a Biblical caveman apocalyptic barbarian western noir," and nothing we've seen here would dissuade us from that notion. Guaranteed to offend at least someone, with Cain taking some Preacher-esque views on the nature of God, it's undoubtedly a story that rattles some of the austerity off the austerity off of these ancient stories, turning one of the original sinners into an anti-hero for an age that is full of them. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 12, 2015

    This new series reunites the minds behind Scalped for a series so brutal and depressing it makes that book look positively cheery by comparison. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 10, 2015

    The Goddamned #1 is an interesting start, though didn't blow me away as expected. Aaron is an amazing writer, and my expectations are probably higher for him than most. Still the comic piqued my interest enough to want to check out the second issue and see how the story builds. If nothing else, this may be a unique and interesting concept, which Aaron excels at building upon. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Garcia Nov 12, 2015

    For “The Goddamned” #1, Jason Aaron and R. M. Gura double down on the aesthetic and tone of the book, although at the expense of the story. There's plenty about how this book will feel, yet not much about what it will be. However, their trust in each other is more than enough to make the book intriguing. “The Goddamned” can easily spin off into four dozen different directions, but with the control these two are showing, it'll probably be worth it to pay attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Dec 2, 2015

    This is a difficult book to recommend picking up, though. It's interesting, sure, but I'm not sure I would have stuck with all the ugliness if I weren't reviewing it, and you may very well not enjoy that twist as much as I do. If you're in the mood for a Conan or a Mad Max with a solid, but different, story, this may be just the thing for you. If not though, maybe you should borrow a friend's first, or wait until the trade paperback is out, to make the investment more palatable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 14, 2015

    "The Goddamned" opens with a loud bang as the issue presents a Hell-on-Earth look at the past. The world seems to be inhabited by cavemen that are holding onto their most primal instincts. However, the protagonist is Cain. This version of Cain is a pretty boy that seems to have moves that resemble Bruce Lee. The two don't mix well in this comic and the book struggles to define itself as a result. The antagonist reveal at the end doesn't really help the pretty boy image that Cain is presented with in the book either. The artwork by Guera is tremendous and it shows in the amazing details page after page. This is a comic book to give a look but doesn't appear to have the same level of first issue craziness of Aaron's other books like "Scalped" or "Southern Bastards." Give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Crusaders - 13th Crusader Nov 13, 2015

    Given the context and nature of the subject at hand, I expected more complexity out of the script Jason Aaron delivered. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven E. Paugh Nov 11, 2015

    While it's an intriguing, gorgeously sullied story that will undoubtedly congeal in some very cool ways (I mean, who doesn't want to see Cain vs. Noah?), I wasn't blown away by The Goddamned #1. But what it has set up is more than enough to keep that old Christian myth-obsessed side of me sated for now, and wanting to consume more next time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Dec 31, 2015

    If there was ever any intention to comment on the brutality of the Old Testament, the nature of religion, or any concept more specific than "man, this is some pretty rough stuff, huh", it's not apparent in The Goddamned #1. The description provided in solicits is about as deep as the 32 page comic itself. There's nothing to be found within the characters, concepts, or violence that cannot be easily found elsewhere with more reasons to recall it. For as heavy as The Goddamned feels, it is it noir fluff at its heart. Read Full Review

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