03rd Jul2017

‘God Country #6’ Review

by Dan Clark

Written by Donny Cates | Art by Geoff Shaw | Published by Image Comics


God Country made Donny Cates into an overnight phenomenon only a few months ago. Well, as much as an overnight success a comic book writer can be. He is a person who has worked in the industry for years. That experience paid off as he teamed up with Geoff Shaw to make one of the best books of the year. Considering its success both critically and in sales, it is surprising this book is already coming to an end. They are leaving it on a high note as this is one of the best issues of the year.

Since its onset, this comic about a magical sword that gives its holder the power of a god has been a father and son story. A fact this issue directly points out. Some may take issue with a book that literally tells you it’s message but when it’s done so effectively like this issue I cannot begrudge the method. Emotion is high throughout and leads to some majorly impactful moments that will move the coldest of souls.

Specifically, there is a moment where the relationship between Emmett and Roy that epitomizes everything that was wonderful about this book. Geoff Shaw constructs this depiction of the relationship of a father and son that is beautiful in its simplicity. Donny Cates’s words are lightly peppered throughout to bring home the message and capture the resonance of that scene. They are pages I have already revisited many times already in an act of respect for what they put together.

In the issue, Emmett confronts Attum in an attempt to finally claim the sword for himself. It’s a battle most feel he cannot win, but Emmett does not want to go back to the way things were. Having the power of a god is one thing, but what he is too afraid to do is let the memories that previously evaded him go. He was given a gift and it is a gift worth dying for.

Most of us have dealt with the horrors of seeing a loved one succumb to the product of old age. It is tragic to see anyone lose who they are and not be able to remember the people they once loved. In all its larger than life fantasy God Country never forgot what was at the heart of this story. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw could have easily filled this issue with melodrama as they piled on the tragedy. Instead God Country has worked on all levels. This crazy tale has its fun and exciting moments along with all the dread. When victory occurs there are moments of glee and when the finale does come there is a bitter sweetness to it all. Simply it is art in its purest form. This is how you announce to the world you are a creative team that is out to impact the industry.

***** 5/5


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