Published: July 27th, 2005 – January 4th, 2006
Written by: Joe Casey
Art by: Tom Scioli
Image Comics, 140 Pages
Gødland is a comic book that I’ve wanted to read for awhile now. I’ve become a fan of Tom Scioli’s art style and I also like his contributions to the Cartoonist Kayfabe channel on YouTube. The guy is a wealth of knowledge and his style is heavily influenced by Jack Kirby and the classic “Marvel style” of the ’60s and ’70s.
This series is wholly original but it is a fantastic homage to the legacy and work of Jack Kirby, primarily his cosmic and mythological stuff like his Fourth World saga, The Eternals and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I have been working to track down all the single issues of this comic but I figured that I’d give the first six issues a read, as they are free to Comixology Unlimited members.
From the first panel, this series just kicks off on the right foot. It’s got that old school style, it’s humorous but also has the feeling of something mythical and epic. It feels right and it’s just cool.
As always, I liked Scioli’s art here and I thought that it meshed well with Joe Casey’s writing. I also like that this feels kind of raw but also pure. Ultimately, it’s just a really unique comic book for something that came out in the mid-’00s.
Now this series stretches on for 37 issues, so this is just a small sample size of the whole shebang. But this does set things up nicely and I want to read the other 31 issues after this.
I don’t think that this is a comic book series that will resonate with everyone but for fans of Kirby’s cosmic comics, it’s a fantastic throwback to that style of art and storytelling.
Pairs well with: cosmic Jack Kirby stuff and Tom Scioli’s other work.