After the events of Lazarus Planet, the gods of the Multiverse have decided to take down the heroes they once called champions and the world they’ve sworn to protect.
For years the gods sat idle atop their mountains as their legends faded into obscurity along with their bodies.
Now is their time to remind the selfish mortals of their existence and take back the world with something more powerful than belief… fear.
Only the brave heroes Wonder Woman and Shazam stand in their way, but will their combined powers be enough?
You Don't Read ComicsThe main story is followed up by a quick, little jaunt to Themyscira courtesy of writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad. An internet video star makes a trip to try to discover the nature of the island of the Amazons and gets a bit more than he bargained for in a piece that gets exquisitely dark before the back cover. Its an event that could be foreshadowing a darkness, which could explain the state of things that will dominate Tom Kings run on the new Wonder Woman that starts this coming September.
Lyles Movie FilesThe Wonder Woman titles have been on a cold streak as of late, but this tie-in to the lackluster Lazarus Planet was unexpectedly very enjoyable. Emboldened by Hera and the Wizard Shazam’s assassination of Zeus, the gods are creating all sorts of mischief. Their intention is to strike fear into the mortal world prompting a renewed sense of belief in their power. (...) Writer G. Willow Wilson, who’s run on Wonder Woman seemed to end just as she was getting comfortable, returns with a story that reinforces her run ended too abruptly. Cian Tormey’s art is solid with very expressive characters. There’s not an abundance of action, but Tormey also handles those moments well. Jordie Bellaire’s color work is exquisite with so many sumptuous combinations that pop off the page. (...) The other story, by the regular Wonder Woman writers Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, details the fallout of the gods’ displeasure with the Amazons. Themyscara is no longer hidden from men. Alitha Martinez provides the art (with inkers Mark Morales and John Livesay), which is always a treat when she tackles Queen Nubia’s hair and intricate detail like the Amazon armor. Alex Guimaraes also provides some dynamic colors that make what could be a darker story, bright and vibrant. These two stories offer firm direction for the last big arc of the Wonder Woman titles up until Tom King arrives.
Geek DadSpinning out of Lazarus Planet and the main Wonder Woman book equally, this mini-event actually seems to have bigger stakes at first glance than the main event—after all, it’s not every day the Gods come down to Earth and start causing trouble. (...) Unfortunately, I don’t think the rest of the issue quite lives up to that great kick-off. It’s very much spinning out of the current WW run, with Cheetah, Yara Flor, and Etta Candy trying to figure out their next move. (...) Overall, the first chapter has a lot of promise and shows off a lot of the strengths Wilson showed during her relatively short but acclaimed run on the main book years back. The backup, by Cloonan, Conrad, and Martinez, takes us back to Themyscira—where the stakes are high given Hera’s last-minute reveal. Complicating things, the mist that obscures Themyscira seems to have been removed—which allows two idiot vloggers to make their way to the island and break the cardinal law. As the Amazons debate what to do with the two guys, the decision is made for them by a ruthless stranger who comes bearing news of their own. It’s a tense start to what looks like an intriguing event overall.
Comic WatchLazarus Planet Revenge of the Gods #1 lives on the strength of its potential. As such, its a qualified recommendation. It is quite successful in what it sets out to do, but arguably it doesnt set out to do very much. Fans of Wonder Woman and Lazarus Planet should absolutely give it a look. For everyone else, its a decent grab and youll probably know with this issue whether the series is for you.
The Comicbook Dispatchazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 certainly has loads of potential. On the initial read, the story beats seemed interesting and the perspectives from Hera, as well as Diana, made sense. What happened to the Old Gods and why all the fuss now? However, even with the streamlined plot, Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 still felt a bit too uneven and chaotic at times jumping quickly from one scene to the next which will cause some difficulty for new readers to navigate. Overall, Wilsons Wonder Woman Event opener isnt bad at all. Nevertheless, I highly recommend fans focus less on the recent Lazarus Planet Event and more on Wilsons run before diving into this inaugural issue.
AIPTPicking up where Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods left off, Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods brings us the opening salvos in a war of the Gods against humanity. They’ve grown tired of being ignored by mortals and are using terror to regain power through belief. (...) With excellent writing and art, this is a great first issue for an interesting premise. It will be intriguing to see how the new status quo of the DC universe post-Lazarus Planet will impact the outcome of this war between Gods and humanity.
ComicBook.comWhile Wonder Woman stories have been, to put it somewhat gently lacking as of late, Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 is a surprisingly good. The issue, which comprises of two stories, one that is more directly a Wonder Woman story from G. Willow Wilson and the second a more Amazon-centric tale from Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad, are both very clearly designed to sort of set the course for the shift in direction for the character, but are both well-crafted in terms of story as well as art as we get into how Hera's treachery impacts, well, everything. The issue, as a result, ends up being better than the majority of not just the most recent Wonder Woman run, but the full "Lazarus Planet" event.
Weird Science DC ComicsLazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 is interesting. It's unclear why this is a Lazarus Planet title since the main story has nothing to do with Lazarus Planet. Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 is simply a continuation of Wonder Woman #796. If you feel compelled to pick this issue up for the juicy Lazarus Planet goodness, rethink your strategy. (...) What you can do with a Wonder Woman comic is fantastic when you have a capable writer at the helm. G. Willow Wilson delivers an intriguing story with dramatic heft, emotional weight, a shocking revelation with big implications, and a final moment that could change Wonder Woman's status quo forever (or at least for a few issues). I like this story, and I'm curious to see where it goes, which we haven't experienced in a Wonder Woman comic in a long time. (...) Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 is a surprisingly solid Wonder Woman story that bears out the full scale of events from Wonder Woman #796. Don't let the title fool you, this issue has nothing to do with Lazarus Planet, but the main story is good enough to set the stage for major developments concerning Wonder Woman in her regular series.
Dark Knight NewsYou thought they got away with Lazarus Planet, didn’t you? No, Damian doesn’t get to wave a wand and make this disappear… not this time. His actions will have consequences for the people of the world, and it will be Diana and the Amazons shouldering the burden. The Gods are angry at a world that has forgotten them, and with the wizard Shazam at their side, they won’t go down without a fight…
But Why Tho?Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 is an issue that would probably be best in a collection rather than on its own. The talent of the creators is evident right from the beginning, and the writing of the characters and the art in both stories show that it isn’t a poorly made book. However, the lack of focus and an inability to grasp the plot makes it hard to attach to the comic and get invested. As part of a trade, those weaknesses are limited. But on its own, the lack of context or proper recap is not good enough for an issue with #1 in the title.