G.O.D.S.

Part of G.O.D.S.

Illustrated by Valerio Schiti
Cover Design or Artwork by Mateus Manhanini
Paperback
$29.99 US
6.63"W x 10.18"H x 0.41"D   | 16 oz | 28 per carton
On sale Aug 06, 2024 | 272 Pages | 9781302948597
| Rated T+
FOC May 27, 2024 | Catalog April 2024
Legendary writer Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Valerio Schiti dramatically tear down the established celestial hierarchy of the Marvel Universe, and build it back up with fantastic new purpose!

At the core of the Marvel Universe there exists a pantheon of omnipotent forces that shape the very building blocks of reality! Many of these strange beings have been around since the earliest days of Marvel Comics, but befitting their roles in the cosmos, their motives and natures have been beyond reach and comprehension… until now! 


These cosmic entities have faithful servants that walk among us as members of two opposing factions: the powerful mystics of THE-POWERS-THAT-BE and the brilliant scientific minds of THE-NATURAL-ORDER-OF-THINGS. For eons, they’ve clashed and schemed with all of reality hanging in the balance until they formed a fragile pact - all part of a complex system that keeps the universe in balance.


But that system is more fragile than anyone would care to admit, and there’s some among them who desire nothing more but to see it shatter! Now, a mysterious rogue agent by the name of Cubisk Core has shattered that uneasy peace, and this secret war will come out of the shadows for the first time!


COLLECTING: G.O.D.S. (2023) 1-8; G.O.D.S. variants, bonus pages
Jonathan Hickman is the award-winning writer/artist of critically acclaimed independent titles Pax Romana, Transhuman and The Nightly News. Teaming with writer Brian Michael Bendis, he launched Marvel’s Secret Warriors, spinning out of Secret Invasion. He then wrote the Dark Reign: Fantastic Four limited series, which served as a warm-up for his revered runs on Fantastic Four and FF, and two S.H.I.E.L.D. series. Hickman penned numerous Ultimate Universe titles before bringing his intricate plotting to Avengers and New Avengers. Hickman’s years of planning culminated with the Marvel Universe-shattering Secret Wars. His impressive list of credits includes a trio of lauded series for Image: East of West, Secret and the Eisner Award-nominated The Manhattan Projects. Hickman returned to Marvel to mastermind a transformative relaunch of its mutant titles, beginning with House of X and Powers of X, and continuing with X-Men.

Italian artist Valerio Schiti’s first work for Marvel Comics was “Sacrifice,” a short story appearing in 2011’s Ghost Rider #1. He has since illustrated Journey into Mystery, featuring the Asgardian warrior goddess Sif, with writer Kathryn Immonen and New Avengers with Jonathan Hickman. Schiti subsequently went cosmic with Brian Michael Bendis on Guardians of the Galaxy, upgraded the Armored Avenger with Dan Slott in Tony Stark: Iron Man, drew the blockbuster event Empyre and joined Al Ewing to send Marvel’s mutants into space in S.W.O.R.D.
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CBR, Alex Batts
·“The first issue is propelled by its superstar creative team and plants the seeds for an all-time great Marvel story.” 
· “The action is propulsive, concussive, and just flat-out jaw-dropping"
· “Gracia's colors work in tandem with Schiti's art, delivering breathtaking colors from cover to cover.”
 
ComicBook.com, Jamie Lovett
·“If that's the energy readers can expect going forward, G.O.D.S. should remain a fascinating and unpredictable experience.” 
 
AIPT Comics, David Brooke
·“‘G.O.D.S.’ #1 pairs striking visuals with a strong main character” 
· “... it’s pretty spectacular how Schiti keeps your interest up with angle changes, art that pops right out of a panel, and some of the best coloring you’ll see all year.” 
·“Visually, each location and colorful character is expertly designed.” 
·“The art keeps you invested.” 
·Rating: 8.5/10 - GREAT      

Comic Watch, Dustin Gebel
·“G.O.D.S. #1 is a powerhouse first issue
·“Schiti and Gracia are creating a new and refreshing visual language that speaks to the natural and otherworldly aesthetic of magic”  
·“Schiti takes that emotional core and refines it by infusing an effortless charm to the designs and establishing a striking visual language for the massive ideas unfolding on the page.” 
·“Gracia’s coloring binds everything together, elevating these separate conditions into a cohesive, texturally rich tapestry.” 
·“G.O.D.S. #1 might just make you a true believer once again in a Marvel that can capture both the street-level approach of character-driven stories with innovative, cosmic-spanning tales of wonder.”

The GWW, B Ferg
·“G.O.D.S. #1 shows you don’t have to change the hierarchy to change an entire Universe.”      
·“The heaven’s may declare the majesty of other gods, but Gracia’s colors bring it to the pages of G.O.D.S. #1.” 
·Score: 9.8/10 
 
Comics XF, Dan Grote
·“This is the thing that’s going to rewrite Marvel’s cosmology forever.”

Gate Crashers, Zero
·“...every single page of G.O.D.S. #1 is just story, and it’s a great story.” 
·“This definitely might be one for the ages, if they can keep up the momentum from here, and knowing how strong this creative team is, they absolutely will.”

About

Legendary writer Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Valerio Schiti dramatically tear down the established celestial hierarchy of the Marvel Universe, and build it back up with fantastic new purpose!

At the core of the Marvel Universe there exists a pantheon of omnipotent forces that shape the very building blocks of reality! Many of these strange beings have been around since the earliest days of Marvel Comics, but befitting their roles in the cosmos, their motives and natures have been beyond reach and comprehension… until now! 


These cosmic entities have faithful servants that walk among us as members of two opposing factions: the powerful mystics of THE-POWERS-THAT-BE and the brilliant scientific minds of THE-NATURAL-ORDER-OF-THINGS. For eons, they’ve clashed and schemed with all of reality hanging in the balance until they formed a fragile pact - all part of a complex system that keeps the universe in balance.


But that system is more fragile than anyone would care to admit, and there’s some among them who desire nothing more but to see it shatter! Now, a mysterious rogue agent by the name of Cubisk Core has shattered that uneasy peace, and this secret war will come out of the shadows for the first time!


COLLECTING: G.O.D.S. (2023) 1-8; G.O.D.S. variants, bonus pages

Creators

Jonathan Hickman is the award-winning writer/artist of critically acclaimed independent titles Pax Romana, Transhuman and The Nightly News. Teaming with writer Brian Michael Bendis, he launched Marvel’s Secret Warriors, spinning out of Secret Invasion. He then wrote the Dark Reign: Fantastic Four limited series, which served as a warm-up for his revered runs on Fantastic Four and FF, and two S.H.I.E.L.D. series. Hickman penned numerous Ultimate Universe titles before bringing his intricate plotting to Avengers and New Avengers. Hickman’s years of planning culminated with the Marvel Universe-shattering Secret Wars. His impressive list of credits includes a trio of lauded series for Image: East of West, Secret and the Eisner Award-nominated The Manhattan Projects. Hickman returned to Marvel to mastermind a transformative relaunch of its mutant titles, beginning with House of X and Powers of X, and continuing with X-Men.

Italian artist Valerio Schiti’s first work for Marvel Comics was “Sacrifice,” a short story appearing in 2011’s Ghost Rider #1. He has since illustrated Journey into Mystery, featuring the Asgardian warrior goddess Sif, with writer Kathryn Immonen and New Avengers with Jonathan Hickman. Schiti subsequently went cosmic with Brian Michael Bendis on Guardians of the Galaxy, upgraded the Armored Avenger with Dan Slott in Tony Stark: Iron Man, drew the blockbuster event Empyre and joined Al Ewing to send Marvel’s mutants into space in S.W.O.R.D.

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Praise

CBR, Alex Batts
·“The first issue is propelled by its superstar creative team and plants the seeds for an all-time great Marvel story.” 
· “The action is propulsive, concussive, and just flat-out jaw-dropping"
· “Gracia's colors work in tandem with Schiti's art, delivering breathtaking colors from cover to cover.”
 
ComicBook.com, Jamie Lovett
·“If that's the energy readers can expect going forward, G.O.D.S. should remain a fascinating and unpredictable experience.” 
 
AIPT Comics, David Brooke
·“‘G.O.D.S.’ #1 pairs striking visuals with a strong main character” 
· “... it’s pretty spectacular how Schiti keeps your interest up with angle changes, art that pops right out of a panel, and some of the best coloring you’ll see all year.” 
·“Visually, each location and colorful character is expertly designed.” 
·“The art keeps you invested.” 
·Rating: 8.5/10 - GREAT      

Comic Watch, Dustin Gebel
·“G.O.D.S. #1 is a powerhouse first issue
·“Schiti and Gracia are creating a new and refreshing visual language that speaks to the natural and otherworldly aesthetic of magic”  
·“Schiti takes that emotional core and refines it by infusing an effortless charm to the designs and establishing a striking visual language for the massive ideas unfolding on the page.” 
·“Gracia’s coloring binds everything together, elevating these separate conditions into a cohesive, texturally rich tapestry.” 
·“G.O.D.S. #1 might just make you a true believer once again in a Marvel that can capture both the street-level approach of character-driven stories with innovative, cosmic-spanning tales of wonder.”

The GWW, B Ferg
·“G.O.D.S. #1 shows you don’t have to change the hierarchy to change an entire Universe.”      
·“The heaven’s may declare the majesty of other gods, but Gracia’s colors bring it to the pages of G.O.D.S. #1.” 
·Score: 9.8/10 
 
Comics XF, Dan Grote
·“This is the thing that’s going to rewrite Marvel’s cosmology forever.”

Gate Crashers, Zero
·“...every single page of G.O.D.S. #1 is just story, and it’s a great story.” 
·“This definitely might be one for the ages, if they can keep up the momentum from here, and knowing how strong this creative team is, they absolutely will.”