Godland #1

August 8, 2005 | Comics


Godland #1
Joe Casey, Tom Scioli
Image Comics
$3.70/$2.99 US
*** 1/2 (out of five)

All hail Kirby, all hail Kirby!
Writer Joe Casey and artist Tom Scioli’s Godland instantly comes across as an homage to the late, great Jack Kirby, the original penciller on such series as the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Not only is Scioli’s art derivative of Kirby, but the story also reflects the 1950s-60s timeframe when the artist was at his peak.
This story doesn’t just coast on that, though.
There is also a slightly modern sensibility to Godland, which centres around Adam Archer, an astronaut who’s trip to Mars ended with him gaining super-powers from an alien intelligence.
Instead of the usual mix of tongue-in-cheek faux-cheesy dialogue, Casey’s writing skills shine through by throwing in some sass, some wit and a heap of irony.
Overall, Godland #1 is an interesting debut.

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