What a crazy day for the Quinlans, with Roy’s childhood house being destroyed by a tornado. Well really by a demon riding said tornado, like one does. Whom was promptly slain by Roy’s Alzheimer-ridden father with a giant magical sword. So you know just your average Saturday. With all of that craziness happening in issue one of God Country you know there is more to come and oh boy does it.
In God Country #2 the world building begins, with the arrival of Aristus looking for Valofax the God Sword. With Emmet being chosen by Valofax for reasons unknown, Aristus and Emmet have a conversation. This conversation is the explanation of what is going on in God Country, showing us who the players are and why Aristus is looking for it along with a grim message. While this is all revealed in a conversation, leading to a large amount of text, it never feels cumbersome to read.
Artwork as with the last issue is another high point for this book. Shaw’s ability to portray Emmet’s emotions as he begins to regain his memories is simply breathtaking. Pair that with the Texas landscapes that are on full display here and this is one good looking book. Let’s not to forget the work of Wordie here either, bringing to life Shaw’s pencil work. Along with signifying tonal shifts with flashbacks and the use of reds in scenes which depict a God.
While God Country is about Gods, Demons, and bad ass swords, at the end of the day that’s not why it’s so good to read. The raw emotion and characterization found here are far and away the best reason to read God Country. In just two issues I find myself caring about all of the characters here. While the outrageous story about a God Sword and the God’s wanting it back is great and fun to read. Emmet remembering everything and meeting his granddaughter for the first time, this is what keeps me coming back. At the end of the day, God Country is a story about the lengths to which Emmet will go to retain his memories and never loose them again.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
God Country #2
Written by Donny Cates
Art by: Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, John J. Hill
Published by Image
Release Date: February 15th, 2017