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God Country

(God Country #1-6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,769 ratings  ·  227 reviews
SOUTHERN BASTARDS meets American Gods in a high-stakes fantasy series that masterfully blends high-octane action and jaw-dropping worldbuilding.

In GOD COUNTRY, readers meet Emmett Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia. Emmett isn't just a problem for his children--his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home--as well a
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 2nd 2017 by Image Comics
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Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought I would like it more, but it certainly wasn't bad.


It seemed (to me) to have a Norse vibe to it even though space gods (or something like that) were fighting with Emmet and his new BFF, a sentient sword god who keeps him from relapsing into dementia. <--which is a really cool premise.


And I liked it. I did.
There's lots of shit exploding, plenty of tugs on the old heartstrings, and a decent underlying moral to the story.


I'm not really sure why I didn't fall in love with it like so m
Sam Quixote
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
An old dude with Alzheimer’s somehow has a Final Fantasy-type giant magical sentient sword that cures his horrible disease while he holds it – but a space wizard villain something wants it back for reasons. Stupid fighting ensues!

God Country is a pretty boring comic. Too much of it is clichéd and derivative. The narrator has this down-home Southern-drawl-style way of speaking because the story’s set in Texas and I guess that’s just how everyone down there talks? It put me in mind of Sam Elliott
Michael Finocchiaro
This was an OK comic: old guy with Alzheimer's gets this big ass sword that cures him but the god who owns the sword wants it back...well, it is kind of predictable after that. The characters are relatively superficial (arguably, the most interesting character is the sword itself), even if the art is pretty good. Not sure what all the fuss was about on this one..
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
In a remote part of Texas, Roy is trying to juggle between taking care of Emmet, his father suffering from Alzheimers, and his wife and young daughter. He's failing at both when a tornado appears and leaves a demon and the God of Swords behind. Emmit picks up the sword and instantly gets his memories back. However, the sword's creator will stop at nothing to get the sword back. Emmit puts his family through hell to keep the sword as he battles gods hellbent on getting the sword back.

The Good: Th
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

"Long time ago, out in West Texas, there was this storm..."

What a brilliant deep fried fantasy! I've never read anything like it. There's action, drama, depth, and fantastical artwork. And god battles in Texas? Bring it on!

What's it about? Emmett Quinlan has Alzheimer's and a dangerous temper. Out of nowhere he gets Valofax, the God of Blades and talking sword, and suddenly he's a badass god! Then there's war, a journey to hell, and a legion of attacking demons in good ol' Texas. And it's damn f
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: image, comics
There's a 12 ft. tall talking sword in this book.


I was really surprised with this one. I guess my expectations were pretty low...and holy hell were they ever blown out of the water.

This one fired on all cylinders for me. The art was awesome. There were splash pages scattered throughout the volume that left my jaw hanging and overall I really dug it. The color of the book worked well too. The story - which I wasn't really expecting anything from, really impressed me. I cared about the charac
James DeSantis
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Donny Cates is just killing it. Even at his worst the work he does is still solid. Much respect for this guy.

So what's God Country about? Well, you can read the description on any review or right above here. So let me tell you what it really is about. This old dude gets a sword from the sky and kills a demon. Then the god who had the sword comes down to talk to him. They don't see eye to eye and then the god returns home. Once there popa god says we must take the sword back and sends his other
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Alright comics nerds, this was my first taste of Donny Cates. Y’all have been hyping him for the last year or two, how good is he?

Reading this story, of one old man’s battle against inevitable, I was constantly asking myself, “what is this a parable of? What’s the point of this story - the lesson we will be expected to take away? Is it sacrifice? Strength? Noble acquiescence? Or raging against the dying of the light?”

I imagined myself writing my first story - wondering what ending I’d be aiming
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-fantasy
Arzheimer's is a nasty condition. Losing memories of your loved ones must be painful. A magical artifact repairs Emmett's mind, allowing him to remember his wife, son and granddaughter. He displays a serious human weakness when faced with the prospect of giving it back, though. Even with the indestructibility and immense strength it gives him, he does not want to let go of his memories even though he risks the well-being of both his family and the family of the sword's owner. The god that create ...more
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Goodreads
A tornado delivers a 12-foot talking sword to a mean old Alzheimer's-stricken Texas coot, restoring his mind but incurring the wrath of the god who forged the sword.

I thought this was going to be sort of a Jesusland critique along the lines of Southern Bastards. Not even close.

God Country sets out as a thoughtful examination of dementia, its dehumanizing effects on its victim and its tragic consequences for family. It ends as a fight to the death between an old fat guy with a sentient magic blad
Matthew Quann
I thought this one was a perfectly middle of the road graphic novel. A demented man from Texas gains a giant, magical, speaking, video-game looking sword that returns to him his mind whole. The concept is pretty interesting at face value, but fails to live up to the promise of its premise pretty quickly.

The sword, as it turns out, is actually the property of a race of space-gods who bear a passing resemblance to the cast of Marvel's Thor or DC's Fourth World characters. If you guessed that the g
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really cool fantasy drama novel. Father who suffers from Alzheimer's ends up with a powerful sword that cures him only when holding this powerful sword. I large quest into realms and fighting Gods is whats in store. Deals with family/love, father/son relationships, mental illness and remembering the past. Its one and done, cant see a second Vol at all. The artwork didnt really work for that well. Kinda looked a little rushed.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a damned shame there isn't a rating higher than five stars.

This is, by far, the single most beautiful story I've read in quite some time. The art is almost as busy as the pace is fast, but with a fairly simple through-line in the plot it never feels difficult to follow.

The voice of the narrator caught my attention first. The country dialect lulls you into a sense of older, more simple times. Which is, of course, a complete contrast to the actual story which, once it begins, almost never gi
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Great artwork and story idea but it seemed too rushed to be a great story. If this could have had more time to develope this could have been better.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital, 2020
(3,6 of 5 for a story about old man god-killer and his talking sword)
I liked it. It has a similar vibe as Murder Falcon (but it's not as kick-ass as MF), very nice art and Donny Cates can do cool stories. But it was not that awesome as I would expect. The story is a bit of a cliche even if Donny (successfully) tried to polish it a bit. God Country is fun, touching and action-driven. I enjoyed reading that even when it didn't meet my expectations.
Jennifer Juffer
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not ashamed to admit, I cried just a tad.

This is an excellent book. Perhaps some people are turned off because it’s not what they’re expecting.
It’s a book about life and death. The real kind.
It’s about the loyalty of Family.
It’s about love and heartache.
Joy and the willingness to sacrifice everything.

All myths and legends come from people’s emotions. The hard to explain is explained away by gods doing miraculous things.... often in human image.

Heroes are given almost impossible tasks; most often
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This has been a tea and graphic novel day. I binged Isola this morning and now this one. Isola had gorgeous art with subpar writing while God Country was a satisfying read from an art and writing perspective. Geoff Shaw creates frenetic, violent images that suit his battle scenes. They’re sloppy but entirely appropriate. Cates is stellar. I’ve never read his mainstream stuff but I might seek out Redneck and Babyteeth based on the recommendations of the guys in my comic shop. On that note, I gave ...more
Nicole Geub
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
well that was really amazing. when you pick it up you think it's a story about a stubborn old guy, magic swords and vengeful gods. but it's not. it's much more than that. it's a story about family and dealing with old age and builds from that. brought a few tears to my eyes so I'd say this comic book is worth every penny. read it, you won't regret it.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
An inoffensive, sentimental story about mortality and fatherhood, told in the form of a fable or myth. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but there’s also nothing especially right about it either. Something to read, put on a shelf, and forget about.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Emmett Quinlan, suffering from Alzheimer's, makes his family' life miserable until he becomes the owner of a magical sword that 'cures' him.

The premise alone is worth reading the book. Dementia in all its forms is one of the scariest things in the world to me. While there are battles with gods and hordes of Balegrim's death minions, it's the fight to not lose your ability to think and remember that made the biggest impact on me. Emmett is a truly believable man of his generation (his reply to hi
Derek Royal
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I began reading this series when it was first released, but then after the first few issues I let it go -- or didn't get to it -- and decided to wait for the trade. I enjoyed this miniseries well enough, but I don't feel as enthusiastic about it as many people do. In fact, I've heard a number of comics readers/critics/reviewers sing the praises of Donny Cates, saying that 2017 was his year. Maybe. But I've just not been as bowled over by Cates's work as others apparently are. For example, Rednec ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
What is one willing to sacrifice to keep hold of the things they love?
A question asked and answered brilliantly in God Country, when we see the lengths that Emmett will go to for his family and to keep hold of his memories of them.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-journal
Cates, Donny (text) & Geoff Shaw & others (illus.). God Country. Vol. 1. Image. Aug. 2017. 168p. ISBN 9781534302341. pap. $16.99. Rated: M/Mature. EPIC FANTASY
Cates (The Paybacks) pens a Weird West tale worthy of Joe R. Lansdale in this collected edition of the series’ six-issue run. Roy Quinlan thinks he can care for his angry, Alzheimer’s stricken father, Emmett, even after the old man has a violent encounter with the law. At the risk of pushing his wife and daughter away, Roy refuses to remo
Peter Derk
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I mostly read this because a good friend told me it made him weep. Which is something that happens to me A LOT these days. Movies, mostly. Some of the sappiest, cheesiest shit, some really manipulative nonsense and BAM, waterworks.

Maybe it's just getting older? I don't know.

It's part of why I'm pretty hard on lousy movies. Because it's easy to sucker me in. I don't really try to think ahead and solve the plot, so you don't have to get too fancy. I cry from basically nothing, so you don't have to
Rod Brown
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is sort of a dark reimagining of Marvel's Thor with a weapon of the gods coming into the possession of a mere mortal. In this case that mortal is pissed off elderly Texan with Alzheimer's who has a thing or two to say to gods who'd come between him, his memories and his family. This borderline two-star book won me over by sheer attitude and a persistent reverence for the Lone Star State.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is read-through 6 or 7, actually. I don't record all instances.

But...Cates is coming to my local comic book shop next week and I needed to read again. Something about Emmett's voyage speaks to me.
andrew y
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm in a slim minority but I didn't find this unique or memorable
How do you even describe a comic book like this? The shelving label on the back reads "Epic Texan Battle Fantasy" and there is a quote inside the front cover from Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West. God Country lives up to both. It is a western. But it's also a fantasy that borrows from Norse mythology. And it's the story of a family devastated by Alzheimer's.

I most often buy comic books for their art and it's gorgeous here, with the style definitely working in
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