God Country has continued to be my favorite new miniseries from any publisher. With it being a six issue run, we all knew that this would be the inevitable end of the story, even though I’m not ready to say goodbye. Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, and John J. Hill have pieced together a masterful story in only six issues.
God Country is every bit about badass battles and huge God Swords as it is character development. Within the small series here, there are characters that I truly care about. With the inevitable coming, how will this world come to a close? This will be a non-spoiler review of God Country #6.
What is this all about?
MINISERIES FINALE Our story comes to an earth-shattering conclusion as Valofax meets its maker, Roy learns what it means to be a father, and Emmett Quinlan confronts God in the dying Kingdom of Always…
God Country has exemplified what character development in comics should be. Being able to tell a ridiculous over the top fantasy story and filling it to the brim with real moments in a crazy world. The relationships between Emmett, Roy, Dee, and Jane are very real and emotional throughout the whole series and hit a high here in the final issue. Even the relationship between Aristus and his father Attum is beautifully done, you can feel the love and strain in there. All of this builds up to the end of the issue, all I can say is have some tissues handy. This last issue rocked me to the core and brought some teary-eyed moments along with it.
Yet God Country isn’t a one-trick pony, sure the characters are on point here, but the action and storytelling are second to none. The lore that God Country is entrenched in begs for future stories outside of this miniseries. I can’t help but feel like this is a small peek into a massive world that Cates has mapped out. However what we do see here in God Country is the perfect snippet into the world. Cates set out to tell a story and I’m here to tell you he stuck the goddamn landing. This will be a must buy trade in the coming months, if you haven’t read this yet you will.
Paired with this astounding story is breathtaking art by Geoff Shaw and Jason Wordie. Everything in this last book hits all the notes that it should, the art is a big piece of that. With wall to wall action on some panels and raw emotion on others, your emotions will be on a roller coaster. There is a one-page spread that really hits it home, I won’t give it away because of spoilers, but you will know when you see it. It has a nice background blur on it, really conveying the focus of the moment and lets you get lost in it.
I have said it ad nauseam in each review and with the series coming to an end I will say it again. Everyone needs to go read this series, like right now. It’s been a pleasure to read and I am beyond sad that this is the final issue. However, Cates, Shaw, Wordie, and Hill finished it off in the best way possible. Seriously go pick this one up.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
God Country #6
Written by Donny Cates
Art by: Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, John J. Hill
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: June 21st, 2017