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God Country

(God Country #1-6)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,250 ratings  ·  179 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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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’
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
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 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 indestructability 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Chihoe Ho
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Sometimes there's really only a finite story to tell and that's all to it when everything is said and done. God Country knows that and wraps it up nicely in this solid one-shot. It is a decent blend of urban fantasy and superhero universes, despite some familiar tropes. I can't say the artwork caught my eye from the beginning but it quickly grew on me. There is a two-page spread towards the end that really encapsulated the essence of what the story is for me and brought about some tears - that i ...more
Adam Spanos
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comixology, image
This book was a lot of fun. God Country didn't truly resonate with me until the end, when the book was at its peak emotionally (And what an emotional end it was). Still, Cates proves himself to be a great writer and accomplishes a great deal in six issues, balancing humor, action, and emotional deftness. Geoff Shaw's art is out of this world. It's gorgeously illustrated! Its grainy look makes it feel old and lived in, making for some breathtaking set pieces that made me stop reading and just bas ...more
Will Robinson Jr.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A solid introduction to the next big talent in comic book storytelling. Donny Cates along with artist Geoff Shaw has a created a touching tale about letting go with a mythic fantasy adventure. God Country is a fun filled and thoughtful read for comic readers looking for something different from the usual superhero fare. Cates does a great job building his own take on Ancient western myth but brings a refreshing wit to the gods in this story. Ultimately the story is about father and sons & le ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The artwork is very impressive and the finale was an unexpected twist but the storyline was a little underwhelming. The concept deserved a strong storyline but this felt underdeveloped and the wrong direction. Image is full of these high concepts that fail to deliver and this is a shame. Not sure if this is the end but I'm not sure If I'd consider following this series.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, read-2017
Can't believe this cosmic-fantasy-meets-family-drama genre-mix is supposed to be the hit-book by the breakout-writer of 2017. Utterly static and forgettable story with some decent art, but really: just an uninspired arrangement of trite clichés which is not worth your 17 bucks.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Valofax is an all-powerful talking sword forged from the captured sun of a doomed civilization.

Emmett Quinlan is a grandfather from Texas who has forgotten his family due to dementia.

Together, they are unstoppable.

But this isn't a story about a sword.

Amazing art and amazing story. This one gave me all the chillz.
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One of the best things for me about living in 2017 is that we have a publisher like Image Comics to give us illustrated modern fables such as God Country. An emotive and beautifully written story that makes the most of the illustrative medium, this stand alone tale leaves a warm glow well after it is finished.

Synopsis: In a remote part of Eastern Texas, Roy is caught between two worlds: caring for his increasingly dement
Seizure Romero
Other reviewers have summarized and debated the merits of this book (or lack thereof). I am simply going to point out one of my favorite things: on the upper left corner of the back cover is the category listing "Epic Texan Battle Fantasy."

It is an apt description.
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