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G.O.D.S. #2 (of 8)

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Jonathan Hickman & Valerio Schiti continue to redefine the Marvel Cosmology! The Centum normally has twenty-five Primes, now only three remain. College isn’t worth the time or the money. There’s a hidden book in the hidden library that hides a hidden door. Kubisk Core is from Georgia, like that matters.

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
30 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0CGW319HH

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    G.O.D.S. #2 continues to function as a reinvention of the Marvel cosmic pantheon by exploring the concrete, human element of the shared universe. The last issue used a doomed romance as its way into this world of high-flying concepts and warring fundamental elements, and this time, Hickman highlights the insatiable nature of the smart and curious to drive the plot forward. Paired with Schiti’s bombastic, energetic art that gives a deeper sense of life on every page, the book thrives in its human approach to these cosmic elements. Garcia’s coloring matches the magic and emotion, creating a rich cohesion between the two warring factions. This is an excellent follow-up issue that again shows the breadth of talent behind the story, offering some of the most interesting ideas at Marvel at the moment.

  • 95

    Derby Comics

    Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti’s newest project is one of the most ambitious and enjoyable new entries into the Marvel universe in at least the last decade. This story about characters who are meant to have been around forever without ever appearing in any previous Marvel property could very easily have fallen flat but the two creators have provided a herculean effort to integrate these new characters and lore seamlessly. It’s been helped by employing existing Marvel characters, most notably Dr. Strange, as a conduit between what we know and what we’ve yet to discover. We see a lot more of Aiko, who is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, and we’re introduced to Mia, a college student with a history of unrecognized magic usage, in this issue. The duo are quite dynamic together and I loved Aiko’s approach to revealing just enough information to pique Mia’s interest, while still letting her make her own decisions. The entire issue also looks gorgeous and epic thanks to Schiti’s designs and Marte Gracia’s colors. I’m fully hooked on this new story and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Hickman is crafting a fun and thrilling adventure in this issue. The creation of an inclusion of new and interesting characters into the Marvel universe is great and I love how they interact with characters like Strange. It’s going to be interesting to see how their inclusion plays into the lives of other characters, but the characters themselves are charming and compelling on their own.

    The Art: Schiti delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. The visual style of the series beautiful and I love the details in every page and panel.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 85

    AIPT

    G.O.D.S. is a fascinating read. Longtime Marvel fans will be intrigued by the potential for new developments and the uncovering of a vast system connecting the cosmic of Marvel. Casual readers will find it harder to penetrate, but if you’re a fan of hard sci-fi, you’ll gravitate towards the structures that hold it all up. G.O.D.S. #2 felt challenging, especially for a Marvel comic, yet in that challenge is so much promise that it’s hard not to be extremely excited about where it could all be going. G.O.D.S. unlocks something that sci-fi fans are always searching out, but rarely find.

  • 85

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    GODS #2 takes a considerable step up from issue #1 when Aiko goes on a recruiting drive to refill the ranks after the battle with Cubisk Core. Adding Mia as a possible recruit to serve as the audience surrogate opens up an entire universe to the reader with fresh eyes and a sense of wonder. Plus, Schiti’s art looks great.

  • 80

    Graphic Policy

    Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti continue to cut off G.O.D.S. from the main Marvel Universe (Bye bye cameos) while having the bent of the series completely transcend and undergird it. And the final result is fantasy in a very sci-fi way as Aiko takes her soon-to-be sorcerer’s apprentice Mia to the Library of Worlds and offers this struggling, underprivileged college student a way to achieve. Even though G.O.D.S. is full of high concepts and powerful beings, Schiti’s skill with facial expression grounds the story and really let me connect with Mia. Of course, when you’re failing at life, the crazy white haired magic lady and library with supernatural beings might actually be appealing. Some other highlights of G.O.D.S. #2 are the flatness of the dialogue that Jonathan Hickman writes for Mia’s friends and the boringness of her life compared with the world of the Centivars. What sets apart G.O.D.S. from other Chosen One narratives other than the class consciousness is that Mia isn’t set up as some kind of messiah figure, but just gets to live an interesting life as the series progresses.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    Jonathan Hickman’s commitment to treating the new additions he’s introduced into the Marvel Universe in G.O.D.S. as if they’ve always been there is commendable and effective. By having Doctor Strange act like the agents of The Powers That Be and those who serve the Natural Order of Things have always been weaved into the tapestry of Marvel’s reality, the readers are encouraged to do the same, which makes it easier to a lot of the worldbuilding in stride. Where the first issue of G.O.D.S. focused on the rakish mage Wyn, G.O.D.S. #2 focuses on his ex, Aiko Maki, who left Wyn to join the Centum, beings devoted to science. She’s a complicated character, devoted to her cause but not afraid to test those who rank above her within the organization. Valerio Schti and Marte Gracia deliver some lush visuals, making even the secret sub-basement of a library feel grandiose. The issue also begins revealing where Hickman’s new additions to the Marvel Universe connect to what’s come before, including his own Avengers run leading up to Secret Wars and cosmic beings from well before his time. The deeper down the rabbit hole G.O.D.S. goes, the more compelling it becomes.

  • 80

    Un Cómic Más

    This comic slows down the accelerated narrative pace a lot to focus on showing too much or too much information about this overwhelming universe.

    It is an art full of details that are elevated to another level of quality with different textures, where they show a universe of places, beings, designs that are as overwhelming as they are amazing.

  • 70

    Graphic Policy

    G.O.D.S. #2 continues to show potential but never feels like it commits to its greater concepts. Everything feels rather pedestrian and like any other magical Marvel story. It’s been hyped up so much at this point, it’s hard to see it living up to expectations, the pitch, or hype.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    As a standalone issue, G.O.D.S. #2 is, in many ways, the traditional first issue, with a new character getting a little bit of a walk-through that also educates the readers about the balance of science and magic, the role of the Centum, and even what the title is about, with really good art. It’s a story that I feel will definitely read better in the collection, which is likely how I’ll be keeping up with it from now on, as this issue’s combination of revelation and coy mystery left me feeling overwhelmed.

  • 70

    Henchman-4-Hire

    This is still a strong comic, but this second issue doesn’t do enough to capitalize on all the new concepts and characters that were introduced in the first issue.

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