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Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

As the Lazarus rain beats down upon planet Earth, human beings are only a fraction of those affected by this transformative upheaval-enter: We Once Were Gods.

This series of vignettes explores Lazarus Planet’s effects across the many extraordinary locations and creatures in the DC Universe, and like their human counterparts, these beings are in for some big changes.

Can Themyscira survive the resurrection of every invading army that ever graced its shores?

Will Martian Manhunter survive a psychic link to a Doomsday nest?

What happens when the monsters from the Trench gain the ability to breathe air?

And look out, Shazam Family… the Rock of Eternity is about to get rocked.

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46 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1 just did an amazing thing. It made me hungry for an upcoming series I never gave a thought to. This issue revivified my interest in the Amazons, the Shazam Family, and especially Martian Manhunter.
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    These four stories are all great, and all make me want to see a lot more from these creative teams.
  • 85


    This is a fantastic anthology comic from DC that really lets its stars shine. You get a real sense that the eruption of Lazarus Island will have a lasting impact on the DC universe.
  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Lazarus Planet has basically just gotten started, and it’s already had two standalone anthologies. It’s making for a somewhat unfocused big event as the foundation hasn’t been fully laid before dovetailing into these smaller stories that feel like table setting than rolling out this huge story. (...) In an anthology anomaly, none of the stories were underwhelming and were solid reads. Nothing seems especially major for the Lazarus Planet event, but it won’t feel like a waste of money or the time reading it.
  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 72

    Comic Watch

    Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods is not much more than an advertisement–and a worse one even than Assault on Krypton. Every one of the stories is carried by the art even when the art is fairly ordinary. Like Assault on Krypton before it, there is really only one story that tells a complete narrative–in this case the one featuring Mary and Malik. To its credit, the story featuring J’onn J’onnz reaches for significance in its attempt for a serious theme, but there isn’t enough space for it to feel anything but contrived. The remaining two stories are not much better than what you might find on Free Comic Book Day. And something that costs $4.99 should not have material akin to something found on Free Comic Book Day.
  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The stories in Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1 were just too dang quick with not enough detail. Very little was explained with a focus on merely attracting readers to a future book. It was almost like a small advertisement for future stories with these characters just like a Free Comic Book Day special. And frankly, so was the last tie-in. I was legitimately hoping for an actual story through each of these Lazarus Planet issues. However, that appears to be wrong. The last two issues were skippable and could be summarized by simply saying the Lazarus Storm is affecting magic, giving people powers, and raising the dead. Ultimately, these oversized Lazarus Planet issues are just launching points for future storylines with the characters involved. So, if you’re not an Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, or Shazam fan, I’d skip Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1. And even if you ARE a fan, the stories are so small and their purpose so obvious, it could be spelled out on a summary page or within the actual pages of the future series itself. If this trend continues with these Lazarus Planet issues, I’m out! I want an actual story and not these mini vignettes that don’t amount to much other than setup and advertisements for the future.
  • 70

    You Don't Read Comics

    Each story fills its pages in a way that progresses the current concerns of a nice array of different characters, but without a whole lot to connect the stories, it feels like a group of one-shot stories uncomfortably crammed together. The scope of the Lazarus Planet crossover feels impressive, though. It’s just too bad that there couldn’t have been more of a direct connection between all of the stories that went beyond vague thematic notions.
  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    Reading this book, I kept returning to four words; transformation, sacrifice, consequences and hope. That’s why the sections bare those names. They’re the themes that run through We Once Were Gods, not just the individual stories. These stories set all that up, while there’s hope for a better tomorrow, there’s also still more to come. Consequences of their actions are coming home to roost, and our heroes will need to be prepared for the coming battles. It doesn’t just end with Lazarus Planet, it’s not just Damian’s actions that have consequences. They’ll all bear the weight of their pasts in the coming months.
  • 60

    Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods serves as a prequel of sorts for multiple "Lazurus Planet" tie-ins, along with a look at how different heroes are being impacted by the flood of magic overtaking the world. While Aquaman attempts to deal with transformed humanoid Trench, Wonder Woman deals with the dead rising against Themyscira and Mary Marvel attempts to free her brother from the Rock of Eternity. Perhaps the most poignant tale is Martian Manhunter attempting to aid an empath's attempt to stop Doomsday from reincorporating from a mere thought, which sounds a lot weirder than it is. While probably not necessary to enjoy "Lazarus Planet," this comic is probably a good launching point for many of the upcoming tie-in series.
  • 60

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    This was an ok issue that seemed to be more of a preview book about Dawn of DC titles to come or, for 1/2 the book, more Lazarus Planet books. Compelling stores mostly, but they felt brief and stifled despite solid art on all.

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