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God Country #4

by Forrest.H on April 19, 2017

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Geoff Shaw
Colors: Jason Wordie
Letters and Design: John J. Hill
Publisher: Image
A one sentence review of God Country #4: Buy this comic.

An extended review of God Country #4:

With God Country, Cates, Shaw and Wordie are creating, with amazing consistency, something special. Equal parts horror, action and compelling family drama keep issue 4 clipping along at an excellent pace, headed at full speed, practically beckoning for, what is sure to be an explosive series finale.

Cates, in my eyes, is second only to Gaiman in the control he has over the internal lore of the books he pens. Grounded in an immensely cool, internally consistent, world that’s equal parts new and fascinating gods and the mortals they lord over, God Country’s narrative works on every level: ethereal and mortal.

The Quinlans are relatable, scared and headstrong, their patriarch driven by a deep loss that feels close, personal. The twists and turns in this issue aren’t entirely original, no. There’s a familiarity to some of the tropes, story beats that you’ll see coming, but when applied to the family at the center of this war between gods, they seem less transparent, more acceptable and even shocking. It works – familiar and new.

The art, too, is consistently awe-inspiring. This issue offers up the least compelling spreads of the run so far, but where it shines, it shines brightly. Balegrim exudes a kind of evil quality that makes him instantly despicable, actions aside. Valofax’s blade emitting an otherworldly glow is an excellent touch, Wordie’s colors shining in an otherwise dark, claustrophobic issue. It’s a stunningly well drawn, colored issue, then, that unfortunately spends a bit too much time indoor, the series’ weakest places visually, but still comes out on top by the issue’s stunning ending visual (no spoilers but goddamn!).
Consistently and somewhat stunningly, God Country continues oozing creativity. This issue, even if it falters a bit in visual choreography, is no different. I implore readers of all walks of life to check it out. 

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