God Country #1 Review
Writer: Donny Cates
Art: Geoff Shaw
Cover: Geoff Shaw with Dave Stewart, Gerardo Zaffino (variant)
Colors: Jason Wordie
Lettering: John J. Hill
Roy Quinlan moved his wife and small daughter back home to West Texas in order to take care of his father Emmet, who suffers from extreme dementia. But Emmet proves to be more than a hand full; violent outbursts and run ins with the local Sheriffs Department, put a huge strain on his son’s family. Sadly, that’s just the beginning.
This being Texas, a huge tornado suddenly appears and devastates the entire town. When the smoke clears, Roy and his family discover that destruction is the least of what the twister brought. A twenty foot tall Demon appears out of the carnage and attacks Roy’s family. But unfortunately for the Demon, Emmet, like a warrior from the heavens, appears with a magical sword in hand. And that’s when thing really get interesting.
What happens next? Pick up the series if you want to find out. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Now as far as the writing goes, it has a very small screen feel to it. Like this story would fit perfectly on the AMC television schedule right next to the Walking Dead or Preacher. As I read it, I pictured the actors, in the moment, bringing the story to life. Now that’s good storytelling.
And visually, the art and coloring (And lettering) had an old school feel to it which I liked. Reminded me of picking up a 90’s Valiant comic for the first time. Everything just spoke to me. Pulled me in. And that’s what this book does. It engages the reader visually and doesn’t let your attention go until the final page.
My only con is that the story felt too short. That can be a good thing or bad. For me, I wanted more. I felt incomplete. Bad. But it does encourage me to buy the next issue, which I am… and hopefully review for you all. And that’s a good thing.
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.
5/5: Highly recommended!