Joe Casey insanity filtered through Tom Scioli’s frenetic art produces yet another cosmitastic issue. You’ll all recall that I created the word ‘cosmitastic’ in my review of issue 26 to describe this comic and, yeah, it still stands. “GÃ¸dland” is cosmitastic!” That’s a pull quote if I ever read one!
In many ways, it’s difficult to write a ‘serious’ review of “GÃ¸dland,” because the book is just so fun in its insanity. Half of this issue has Adam Archer teaming up with a mother/son cosmic Viking duo, while the other half has Friedrich Nickelhead and his supervillain army continue their takeover of Capital Hill.
Adam Archer’s quest to find his sister takes a detour that seems familiar, but the spin that Casey and Scioli put on it is unique. A powerful cosmic baddy, a pair of heroes standing against him, and the new guy caught in the middle. Seems ho-hum seen-it-before, don’t-need-to-see-it-again. Hardly, sir/ma’am! A mother and son dynamic duo protect the universe against a demonic evolutionist, and seem nonplused when he escapes, because that’s the way things go. They’re an oddball superhero pair without any direct reference to that fact.
Or, there’s Nickelhead’s takeover of Congress as he wages a war for the rights of supervillains everywhere. He spends more time pontificating then acting until the army tries to invade. There’s some generic villains and horrific use of a tank before Nickelhead makes two demands, only one of which make sense.
Both plots are ludicrous and played (almost) completely straight with some of the most ridiculous lines ever written said seriously. How does one properly take in lines like “You will pay the ultimate price for your lateral thinking!” and “Has this truth ever been more self-evident — supervillainy is the new violence!”? How does one properly evaluate them? Either you dig ’em or you don’t. That’s the way “GÃ¸dland” is: either you get it or you don’t.
Tom Scioli continues to, of course, be the perfect match to Joe Casey, illustrating any and all craziness with flair and lots of energy. None of his characters ever simply stand around, they’re all dynamic and fluid no matter how they’re posed, which drives the book forward. That Casey’s dialogue does the same is rare and adds momentum.
What’s left to say about “GÃ¸dland” that hasn’t been said already? It’s a book that gets read last whenever it comes out, because not many books can follow it. It may have lost its way (both in plot and schedule) a while ago, but it’s back to being one of the best books you can read. I’ll say it again: “GÃ¸dland” is cosmitastic!