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God Country TP
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Why wasn't this called VALOFAX????
August 28th, 2017

This was promising, but I don't think it stuck the landing. The first issue was interesting and introduced a compelling premise. However, the rest of the book unforunately predicated upon a MacGuffin being the main plot. Regardless of medium, if a story only has an "A-Plot" to tell, then the story gets easily uninteresting. Characters were thinly developed, and I'm not even sure if there were B or C plots. Once these flaws came to light, it was hard for me to really get into the story, and certain story features became silly and difficult to take seriously (a talking sword?). I am not even sure why this book is called God Country. It was described as "Southern Bastards meets American Gods" but I didn't pick up on any of those themes. "Valofax" might've been a more appropriate (and uniquely awesome, and compelling) name for this graphic novel.

There are several comics that have so much potential, but sometimes the mechanics and composition of a book becomes a hindrance. We've all heard the saying, "show, don't tell." Unfortunately, God Country suffered from that. The things being described through narration were much more interesting than whas was being presented to the reader. Regarding the antagonists, we were just told that they are the bad guys. There wasn't really any effort to SHOW us HOW and WHY they are evil.The art was mostly okay. I am pretty open minded to art styles, as long as one thing is maintained: conveyance of emotion either through facial expressions or body language, which were primarily absent. This was my first Donny Cates book so hopefully, the next one will be a swing compared to this miss.

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  • undeadquinn
    not on donny hype train, have not read yet it in full , ya im not big lemire  justice league untied just bored me.
    Reply  ·  3 years ago
  • bloodandink

    I haven't read a lot of Lemire's Big Two work, but his Old Man Logan is pretty good. That and his N52 run of Green Arrow.

    Reply  ·  3 years ago
  • Taren

    Yeah... His work is not my cup of tea. Babyteeth was OK.

    Reply  ·  3 years ago
  • bloodandink

    Yeah it's so odd how I'm steered the wrong way with some highly praised comics. I picked this up after seeing a lot of buzz on Reddit, and even saw that God Country #1 was selling for $100 on eBay?? Crazy.

    Reply  ·  3 years ago
  • MannequinRaces

    I had to educate myself on the term MacGuffin! Learned something new. I agree with the majority of your points. The highlight for me in this series was the art. You already covered very well the plot / narrative deficiencies and if you think about it too hard you do see the lipstick on the pig. However, I was still entertained and went into the series not expecting a whole lot so my expectations weren't that high. I feel God Country is on the same level as Reborn... both suffered from an overall 'why is this happening, etc..' Excellent points in your review. I like when people give low scores and actually explain why they rated it low and didn't enjoy it. Much better than a low rating and no explanation as to why they thought it sucked. So I thank you for that!

    Reply  ·  3 years ago
  • Taren

    "Lipstick on the pig."  I love it.  Being someone who makes art. Actor, director... When it comes to my entertainment... I have to work hard to not see only diffrent types of pigs and shades of lipstick. Ha ha. So, I can be too critical sometimes. 

    Reply  ·  3 years ago
  • bloodandink

    I'm glad you enjoyed my review! Yeah I really try to give a book a chance, but if it doesn't click within the first couple of issues, then that's an indication the rest might not be enjoyable.

    Yeah the concept of a "MacGuffin" is interesting and is a pretty big plot point in a lot of genre stories. It's fine when it's used as a vehicle towards something, but if it also doubles as the main plot, then the story suffers from a lack of depth.

    Interesting how you brought up Millar's Reborn, as the premise for God Country feels like something he would come up with. This would actually be a really cool fantasy/adventure movie.

    Reply  ·  3 years ago
  • Varsas

    I just read this trade and I disagree that the MacGuffin itself served as the main plot especially with the way it ends. For me it was about Emmett, a disease that was tearing a family apart and the healing of that family; Valofax served as a way to allow that to happen, it's the vehicle as you described it.

    Aside from this we have the father and son relationship reflected in the gods as another thread, though this was a underdeveloped.

    I also disagree about there not being enough shown in regard to the antagonists as I do think we are told about their deeds and shown all we need to know about the king, Attum, and brother, Balegrim, to understand their evil. 

    Reply  ·  2 years ago