Gødland Celestial Edition One

September 4, 2007 | Trades


Gødland Celestial Edition One
Joe Casey, Tom Scioli
Image Comics
$34.99 US (Hardcover)
**** (out of five)

A common theme to exceptional literature is the ability to make its reader more thoughtful and pensive— forcing them to ask deep questions like: Why do we exist? What is the nature of the universe? And why is that dude’s head floating sideways in a tank attached to his body?
OK, so maybe the last one is unique to Gødland, however it does also tackle the headier stuff before that, too.
Part homage to the industry-altering work of legendary artist Jack Kirby, part cutting-edge satire, Gødland follows the unusual adventures of Adam Archer, the lone survivor of humankind’s first mission to Mars who was granted strange and amazing powers by a group of aliens in an effort to help give human evolution a leap forward.
As he travels around the globe stopping threats from villains like the perfect-high-seeking Basil Cronus (the aforementioned head in a jar); the robotic fiend, Friedrich Nickelhead; and the mistress of pain, Discordia; Archer must also face the reality of what he’s become and how he fits into the grand scheme of the universe.
Pretty heady stuff, eh?
With Gødland, writer Joe Casey (Adventures Of Superman, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Tom Scioi (Myth Of The 8-Opus) have not only created a comic full of action, drama and humour — they’ve made something that might just blow your mind.

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