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Gødland Ex Machina #1: HELLO, COSMIC!

Gødland is the perfect Marvel legacy comic. More than just Tom Scioli’s clearly Kirbyesque artwork, Joe Casey and Scioli tap into the energy and excitement of those early Stan Lee/Jack Kirby comics. Gødland Volume 1: Hello Cosmic is the type of comic that so many creators in the 1970s tried to reverse engineer out of old Fantastic Four comics. Casey and Scioli focus squarely in on the spectacle of those comics but never lose sight of the inner humanity of their characters. Personal discord runs hot and heavy through these comics, recalling everything from the family dynamics of the FF to the youthful uncertainty of Peter Parker. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, we talked about how all of the mainstream artists were trying to be Jack Kirby but we never talked about how all of the mainstream writers wanted to be an updated Stan Lee. Look at the Wolfman/Perez The New Teen Titans; for as much as it was counter programming to the Claremont/Byrne The Uncanny X-Men, it’s written as a Stan Lee Marvel comic book, trying to overwrite the DC DNA with the Marvel formula.

“Look closer at the world, War.”- East of West #3

East of West #3 lies somewhere between a spaghetti western and a new retelling of St. John’s Book of Revelation. A lanky, pale Death, dressed like an old time gambler, rides into New Shanghai on a metal horse. That can’t be good for anyone. Specifically, it can’t be good for the family that has been holding his wife prisoner for the last ten years. “Who is the woman who conquered Death?” we’re asked on the very first page. This issue doesn’t really answer much of that, even if we do meet his wife Xiaolian. Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta only give us the briefest measure of her as they build up the consequences of her marriage to one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and subsequent imprisonment at the hand of her sister and father. Death rides into town and the powers that be try to put on a good face even while trembling in their boots.