Skip to content

Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

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?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
35 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The 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.
  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    The 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.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Spinning 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.
  • 82

    Comic Watch

    Lazarus 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.
  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    azarus 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.
  • 80


    Picking 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.
  • 80

    While 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.
  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Lazarus 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.
  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    You 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…
  • 60

    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.

More From Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods (2023)

About the Author: G. Willow Wilson

Gwendolyn Willow Wilson (born August 31, 1982) is an American comics writer, prose author, and essayist. Her best-known prose works include the novels Alif the Unseen and The Bird King. She is most well known for relaunching the Ms. Marvel title for Marvel Comics starring a 16-year-old Muslim superhero named Kamala Khan. Her work is most often categorized as magical realism.

Early life

Wilson was born on August 31, 1982 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and grew up in Morganville. Wilson lived in the county until she was 12. However, in an interview with Newsrama in 2013, she erroneously said she was born in Morris County and spent the first ten years of her life there. Her parents were atheists who renounced Protestantism in the late 1960s, hence Wilson was not raised in a religious household. Wilson first encountered comics when she read an anti-smoking pamphlet featuring the X-Men in the fifth grade. The characters fascinated her and she began watching the cartoon X-Men every Saturday. Two years later she and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado, where Wilson continued to pursue her interest in comics and other forms of popular culture such as tabletop role-playing games.

Converting to Islam

After high school, Wilson attended Boston University to pursue a degree in history. During her sophomore year, Wilson began experiencing adrenal problems and the associated discomfort resulted in her studying a number of religions, including Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. After studying Judaism she focused on Islam, which appealed to her because “to become a Muslim is sort of a deal between you and God.” The 9/11 terrorist attack set back her religious studies – fearing she had misjudged the religion – but she later resumed her studies.

In 2003, shortly before her graduation, Wilson agreed to teach English in Cairo. During the plane journey, Wilson converted to Islam; claiming she “made peace with God. I called him Allah.” According to Butterfly Mosque, upon arrival in Cairo, Wilson secretly practiced Islam but after becoming engaged to an Egyptian she began to practice it more openly. She and her roommate resided in Tura, a district in Cairo, Egypt. The pair soon met a physics teacher named Omar who offered to show them around and act as a cultural guide. Months later, Wilson and Omar became engaged. Later, she moved with him back to the United States, with Wilson returning to her writing career, and Omar becoming a legal advocate for refugees.


Wilson’s writing career began from her work as a freelance music critic for DigBoston. After moving to Cairo, she contributed articles to the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and the National Post. She was also a regular contributor to the now-defunct Egyptian opposition weekly Cairo Magazine. Wilson was the first Western journalist to be granted a private interview with Ali Gomaa after his promotion to the position of Grand Mufti of Egypt. Additionally, Wilson released a memoir titled The Butterfly Mosque about life in Egypt during the Mubarak regime, which was named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2010.

Her first graphic novel, Cairo, with art by M.K. Perker, was published by Vertigo in 2007, and named one of the best graphic novels of 2007 by Publishers Weekly, The Edmonton Journal/CanWest News, and Comics Worth Reading. The paperback edition of Cairo was named one of Best Graphic Novels for High School Students in 2008 by School Library Journal, and one of 2009’s Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens by the American Library Association.

Her first ongoing comic series, Air, launched by Vertigo in 2008 reunited her with Perker, and was nominated for an Eisner Award for ‘Best New Series’ of 2009. NPR named Air one of the top comics of 2009, and it also received acclaim from the Fairfield Weekly, Comic Book Resources, Marie Claire, and Library Journal. Other works for DC include fill-in issues #704 and 706 of Superman, the five-issue mini-series Vixen: Return of the Lion, starring the Justice League member Vixen with art by CAFU, and The Outsiders.

Wilson then wrote Mystic (2011), a four-issue miniseries for Marvel Comics with art by David Lopez. Although a CrossGen revival, Willow’s Mystic bears little resemblance to its previous incarnation.

Her debut novel Alif the Unseen (Grove/Atlantic) won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for best novel.

In 2014, Marvel debuted a new Ms. Marvel series written by Wilson. The book stars Kamala Khan, a Muslim teenager living in Jersey City, New Jersey, who takes up the mantle after the previous Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, took up the name Captain Marvel.

In November 2018, Wilson began writing Wonder Woman from DC Comics. The character battles Ares in an arc entitled “The Just War.”

Her March 2019 novel, The Bird King, tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret: he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality.

In 2020, she is writing The Dreaming from DC Comics, with art by Nick Robles and starting with issue #19. The series is part of The Sandman Universe.

Creating Kamala Khan

Wilson had already had a few forays into the comic book industry, having worked on titles such as Superman and Vixen previously. She received an email for an interview with David Gabriel, a senior vice-president at Marvel Entertainment. By that point Wilson was almost finished with her second novel, but she took the time to speak with him. Shortly thereafter she was offered to co-create a new version of Ms. Marvel named Kamala Khan alongside Sana Amanat, a director and editor at Marvel Entertainment. The process of crafting Kamala was detailed, both artists wished to create a teenage Muslim American girl. Before settling on her Pakistani heritage the two debated the idea of making her a Somali American girl. While creating Kamala as a character the duo expected negativity, not just from people who were anti-Muslim, but also from Muslims who believed Kamala should be portrayed in a certain way. The crafting also focused on smaller details, Wilson did not believe Kamala should have worn a hijab due to a majority of teenage Muslim American girls not wearing them. Despite their initial fears, Kamala was received positively. Some sources described her as easy to relate to, even likening her to a modern day Peter Parker. Others even viewed Kamala as a symbol for equality and representation among different religions.

Personal life

Since 2007, Wilson has lived in Seattle with her husband, Omar. She has two daughters.

[Latest Update: June 28, 2022]

My Agile Privacy
This website uses technical and profiling cookies. Clicking on "Accept" authorises all profiling cookies. Clicking on "Refuse" or the X will refuse all profiling cookies. By clicking on "Customise" you can select which profiling cookies to activate.