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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews God Is Dead #1

September 6th, 2013 by Space Chief 3 Comments

Writers – Jonathan Hickman & Mike Costa

Art – Di Amorim

Regular Cover – Jonathan Hickman

All Other Covers – Jacen Burrows

Lettering – Kurt Hathaway

Colors – Juanmar

Created by Jonathan Hickman

Publisher – Avatar

In God Is Dead, writers Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa pose the question, What If The Mythological Gods From Cultures All Over The World Were Real And Began Returning To Earth? The answer? A whole lot of us would die and the planet would never be the same!

In the opening pages of the book we are given geographic coordinates and death tolls along with panels showing natural disasters on steroids all over the planet. We then see Gods such as Zeus, Odin, Horus, Vishnu and Quetzacoatl returning to the world and relieving mankind of control of the Earth.

We see the world begin to change and adapt to this new rule as the news anchor goes from professional, reporting the events, to zealot speaking the will of the Gods to the masses. The U.S. Government has gone underground and don’t seem any closer to a plan for what to do about it than anyone else and a small group of rebels and scientists gather together in an Egyptian sewer to try and solve the problem.

I was absolutely blown away by this first issue.

Admittedly this kind of story is right up my alley. The blending of the religious world and the secular worlds of Government and Science appeals to me on many levels. I have always questioned the validity of religion. What makes people believe in one thing and not another? At what point does a religion followed as truth, become myth?

Conspicuously absent are the Judeo-Christian figures of the God of the Old Testament and Jesus, which are mentioned but not elaborated on. We will have to see what happens with that as the series continues.

Hickman and Costa hit this first issue out of the park and pose some really relatable questions to the readers. The artwork of Di Amorim & Juanmar is a perfect companion to the story being both vibrant and full of detail. The disaster scenes are breathtaking and Zeus’s return to Vatican City in particular is pretty spectacular.

I am a huge Hickman fan already from his work at Marvel on Avengers and Image on the awesome East Of West, so the fact that I absolutely love his concept for God Is Dead is no surprise. As hard as I try I can’t really find anything negative to critique. It’s a solid concept with a great story and beautiful artwork to go along with it.

It’s hard to say at this point where Hickman and Costa are taking us but if the first issue is any indication, I am in for the long haul! It is for all of these reasons that I Space Chief, God Of Nonsense, must give God Is Dead a solid…

5 out of 5 nerds


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  • Tim Davidson

    God is Dead #1 is probably the worst comic book I’ve ever read. Everything about it, the introduction of the world and characters, which should be interesting, are so tired and cliched and awkward. Even things like the framing and basic character design are incompetent. Much of the book is just introducing gods, which should be at least fun, is ruined by lazy, boring Wikipedia portrayals. And honestly I’m a fan of some of Hickman’s other work.

    How could you possibly rate this book 5/5? That’s disturbing.

    I stopped reading after #1. I havn’t heard good things about the ongoing, except Alan Moore is involved in one issue. Moore at least has some interest in comparative mythology and handled Nietzchean concepts in Miracleman. That alone might be worth checking out.

    • followingthenerd

      Sorry you don’t agree, Tim. While our reviewers at any one time can’t speak for us all – I for one haven’t read the book – they are all entitled to their opinion. I read reviews on all sorts of things on a daily basis that i disagree with but that’s what makes the world go round :) Peace, Marc

      • Tim Davidson

        Granted, critics can like different things. And people can like art for different reasons, and thoroughly enjoy something on one level that lacks artistic merit on another. That’s not what I’m getting at. This comic book was technically poorly done, as an individual story and as an introductory first issue. if there is any way to compare comic books on technique or aesthetic, this book is bad.

        I bring it up because I’ve noticed inconsistent comic book reviews online (that go far beyond polarized reviews you sometime get in other mediums, like film and lit). A lot of bad comic books out there get ridiculously good reviews. This is just an extreme example. I think it’s a broader issue. I think part of it is the low quality and limitations of certain popular comic genres. Part of it probably is that comic book reviewers tend to be more sympathetic to creators. It also seems like comic book reviews aren’t taken that seriously, and reviewers are aloud to be lazy. I don’t mean to rant, I’m just somebody who’s looking for good comic books to read and feel mislead by reviews like this.

        BTW, If anybody out there thinks this comic book sounds interesting then they should maybe checkout Sandman: Season of Mists instead.

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