A quick recap of God Country so far… Emmet, the father of Roy, had Alzheimer’s is now cured by carrying The God of Blades, Valofax. He obtained said sword when a demon riding a tornado came tearing through his house like one would, using Valofax to slay the demon. However, when The God of Blades appears out of nowhere there will surely be consequences as Aristus the God of War came looking for this sword. Come to find out Valofax is actually a God and has chosen Emmet for an unknown reason. Aristus’s father Attum has created the God of Blades and wants it back, however, Emmet is not going to give it up without a fight. This leads to God Country #3 after Emmet declares to the Gods “Come and take it” they are doing just that.
Even with Gods and Giant Swords, Cates makes this story feel so relatable. Between the over the top moments, we find the dialogue between Roy and Janey grounding the story. With Janey never really knowing Emmet before Alzheimer’s, this is the first time she is truly seeing him. Along with Roy revealing that this is a better version of the father that he remembers. Then being able to have a conversation about all the pain and grief, with Emmet, the person he never thought he would be able to talk to again. In a book that is about an outrageous(ly good) story, Cates grounds it with unfettered emotions and character building.
Not to be forgotten we have the world building going on here. Cates delivers quite a bit in only three issues. Developing the Gods that are going to come after Emmet and Valofax, in order to get the God of Blades back to Attum. There is so much to explore in this world and it feels like we are just scratching the surface here. In this issue, we see Balegrim the God of Death coming for Valofax. With a great cliffhanger for next issue, something I can’t wait for.
Shaw and Wordie have been doing a stellar job on art, with this issue being no different. Shaw’s gritty pencils are a perfect match for the story, showing off some action scenes here. Wordie’s color harmonies in this issue are my personal favorite, delivering breathtaking full pages. With the army of dead reveal (see above) being one of my favorite pages this year.
There are so many facets to this book that could draw you in, there is something here for everyone. If you’re not reading God Country yet you should be, this is one of the best titles coming out right now.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
God Country #3
Written by Donny Cates
Art by: Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, John J. Hill
Published by Image
Release Date: March 15th, 2017