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Ennay is a man without a god. Bud is a god without a human. Together, they might just survive.

In 1958, the laws of physics stopped working: ignition, electricity, and combustion. But an alternative was provided, and people found themselves each accompanied by their own personal god, the new fuel and currency of the world. Varying in shape, size, and influence, these compan
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by BOOM! Studios
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Sean Gibson
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, so, I didn’t end up loving this, though it’s a very creative idea and the art is good fun. You know what I did love, though? I mean, other than the turkey sandwich I had for lunch, which was exquisite, and the nap I just took at my desk, despite the subsequent crick in my neck.

I love how I found out about this book, which was by eavesdropping on a conversation at Midtown Comics in Manhattan. See, back when I was a weekly comic collector and lived in New York lo those many years ago, Midto
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Mark Schlatter
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, pamphlet-form
I'd rank the first three to four issues of this series as one of the most inventive reads I've had in years and one of the most surprising comics I've picked up in a while. Spurrier is building an America where in 1958 everything electric and mechanical stops working, but everyone gets a personal god to help with their lives. (These gods, thanks to the immensely good artwork by Jonas Goonface, resemble monochromatic Pokemon or stuffed animals.) As a result, the society depicted in 2017 still has ...more
Craig
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure I could clearly explain what happened in this book, but I liked it anyway. This is one of the most creative, imaginative worlds I've ever come across, where each person has their own individual god, technology no longer works, and there are some people (nogodys or godshapers) who don't have a god, but have the power to shape and upgrade other people's gods, and who, for some reason, live as outcasts. Some amazing and very colorful artwork throughout by Jonas Goonface (that's got to ...more
jordan
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the art style, the vibe, the characters, the wonderful world building — the plot was a bit tricky to follow though. Seemed like it could have been planned out more, but it had okay development and flow. Overall creative concept that almost lived up to its potential.
Juho Pohjalainen
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Good premise, okay characters, but the plot lost me towards the end. I could read it okay but I don't know if it left any impact.

Two and a half stars.
Venus Maneater
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, faves
What are y'all doing? Go get your hands on this! Reading this feels like a fresh breeze and it's simply marvelous. The art is unique and so is the story. It feels a little bit like His Dark Materials went and got a little freaky with the post-2010 Tumblr crowd.

In this world you are born with your own personal god, a being with hardly any limitations. It lives and thrives on worship and you are fucked if the prayer beads run out. Without a god you are a nogoddy, a godless goodfornothing. Forced
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Brewergnome
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really fascinating concept and story. Will definitely pick up more.
Akkisuitok
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-comics
Very atmospheric, very queer. Excellent art, and a story about friendship, and music, and about the fact that not everything has to have an answer.
Lainy122
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a cool concept! Adored the artwork, was kept guessing with the plot and had my heartstrings played with quite expertly if I must say.

Good read.
Nuno Ribeiro
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stunning, inspiring urban fantasy tale. Simon Spurrier shapped an odd and solid concept that merges insights from and critiques of queer, religion, black culture and capitalism into existence.
Brian
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-fiction
The premise of the story is novel but without explanation, and with the obvious chaos that premise would have resulted in, the civilization that resulted has to be taken on faith. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the way the new civilization works is mostly omitted. The characters are interesting, and the art is good. I especially like how the gay characters are treated. The conflict arises from an oppressed minority and one particularly evil character, and the solution through music is d ...more
Dakota Morgan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Godshaper features absolutely fascinating world-building with a pretty decent plot stapled on. In a world where everyone has their own individual god, Ennay is a man without one. Fortunately for him, this godless state allows him to weave changes into the gods of others. Plus, he's got a humanless god, Bud, to keep him company, even if they're not attached.

The first few issues are well-paced, slowly introducing the world, Ennay, and Bud. These are easily the best issues - the art is vibrant and
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Travis
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
That goodreads lists this book as Vol. 1 is a bit misleading, since it appears that the story comes to a conclusion here. I'm actually pretty happy about that; there is certainly enough material to the setting that they could have gone on longer, possibly indefinitely, but I like having closure* to things I read, and not having to wait months or even years to get the final payoff of the story.

*Though, yes, this story doesn't really provide closure and very directly points out that there is a bun
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Nathaniel Voll
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Godshaper is a visually stunning volume backed up by an inventive sci-fi story line. Simon Spurrier has created a detailed and believable world of what-if's, wherein human characters each own a "god." Gods represent, currency, status and companionship. Spurrier covers various factions of good guys and bad guys, the godless outcasts and the deity-worshiping masses. The world he has built is solid, but where the narrative falls flat is in the characters and plot points.

Spurrier reveals character
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Claire
This story was chock-full of wonderful ideas, had some interesting characters, and fantastic artwork, but the ending did not provide the kind of closure that I was looking for. I get that it seemed to be kind of the point, "Life is a mystery and we don't need to know all of the answers, follow your heart and be kind to one another, blah blah blah..." but this felt less like an intentional open ending and more like a cop-out. Like the writer was becoming exhausted with the series (it's only six i ...more
Savi
This had a sort of a mild His Dark Materials vibe to it and I loved it! I love the concept of people having familiars or other helpful entities that aid them through life. I find it fascinating to see the deep and rich relationship that can develop out of this. While this graphic novel doesn't focus too much on the depth of the bond between the human and his personal god, it does use the concept to tell a thought provoking tale that critiques discrimination by using fantastical elements as the b ...more
Kelsey
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5
This is some amazing and creative worldbuilding. The characters and their reactions to moral dilemmas are also fantastic (especially since, given the premise, they are supposed to be outside of what is considered wholesome and normal). It loses a half point for the slightly rushed and disjointed feel of the last issue, but it still comes together nicely if you aren't concerned about some of the questions it doesn't answer. Another pro: main character is gender fluid and it's never a thing peo
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Sarah T.
The Boyfriend recommended this to me by saying it felt like one of the most important reads he's read in a good long while.

I REALLY took my time with it. I loved the art (heck, I wouldn't mind having the cover as a poster!), but I mostly took it slow because the language was just so lyrical. There's a shit ton of subtext; you name it, it's represented in this graphic novel. Race. Gender. Religion. Wealth. Technology. Just keep on going, those are the most obvious.

This was a fantastic read, and
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David Thomas
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel takes place in a world where all technology suddenly stopped working in 1958. Instead, now everyone gets a personal God bound to them, that feeds on their belief. People without their own Gods, known as Godshapers, can mold other people's Gods, but are social pariahs. It's certainly a unique concept, and the Godshapers' status echoed racial and sexual prejudice. The protagonist's speech is peppered with beatnik-y folkways that were just weird enough without going overboard. Go ...more
Yongyoon
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's really a great concept. You've seen the caste of Untouchables, the butchers of Korea, the gravediggers of India, the sex workers of Japan, the Appalachia of America, and the list goes on.

In Godshaper, each person is born with a god, but the godshaper, the nogody, who treats and heals the gods themselves, has no property, and is the lowest caste. After the first two issues, the stories get kinda lost and boring as the main continuous plotline is the tropey Big Bad. There are interesting ide
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Jordanne Smith
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was great. Such a cool, interesting concept and such stunning images and ambience.
I’ll admit that this graphic novel felt like it was the longest graphic novel that I’ve ever read - not because it wasn’t great but because it had so much going on and it told a lot of a story.

I liked the sexually-ambiguous main character and him being able to explore his sexuality. I found it a refreshing take. I also enjoyed the cultural representation of the characters, the world building and CAN I T
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Miranda
A fantastic story that is carried along by strange and fantastic art! The world building in this story is done so easily that every part of it was believable. Several times I was flipping back and forth between pages because I had just realized something casually mentioned earlier in the story was suddenly VERY important.
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Potassium
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An alternate reality where the laws of physics stopped working in 1958. But then each human got a “god” that works as a bank and assistant to help fill the void. It’s not perfect though. Some people don’t have a god of their own...

I’ve been waiting to read this for over a year and I was NOT disappointed. This was SO GOOD. Also beautiful artwork. Now I’m scared there won’t be any more issues? Please tell me there’s more. This comic captured my heart with the first issue and just kept getting bett
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Richardzimmermann86
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story about a poor ‘godless’ character and his companion Bud in an alternate past. Beautifully told with twilight colour scheme of blues greens and purples set against a dusty southern landscape of browns and yellows. Hits a lot of themes about wealth, inequality and passing judgement on others without, I think, being too heavy handed. Some cute and sweet moments, and a pace that doesn’t let up too.
Reading
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Odd book but exceptionally original and daring. The art is quirky yet appropriate with gorgeous colors and some wonderful full page action. Difficult to compare to any other title I have read in a while and that's not a bad thing. Worth a look if you are adventurous and enjoy dark social commentary done in an entertaining manner.
Brynn
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The incredible art alone would have been worth it, but this story was so fresh and inventive, and I loved the way the worldbuilding also carefully drew on/ commented on anti-black racism and homophobia in the US. Beautifully executed in every way!
Carl
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll read it again

I absolutely love the art, but this felt formulaic. I said I'll read it again because I feel a lot of it went over my head. I admit that. So right now, my review is 2 stars. It may go up when I read it again, I don't know.
Alpha
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tradeback, spl
4.5/5 - Really dug everything about this. Gorgeous art, super interesting universe, solid characters, and a fantastic plot. I especially love that it’s a complete story and not everything is explained at the end.
Drift Wood
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The art's great, the story has pacing issues that are acceptable, but nothing too special.

Also, I got to meet the guy who did the art for this. VERY cool dude, he said he based a lot of what went on in the book on his own experiences while hitchhiking and roughing it on trains and the like.
Caleb Ledbetter
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Artwork is great. Concept is great. Themes are excellent. Writing slips a little here and there. Alternate universe slang feels strange. Overall I'm excited to read more
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