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Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date July 2005 - July 2012
No. of issues 37
Main character(s) Adam Archer
Stella Archer
Angie Archer
Neela Archer
Creative team
Created by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli
Written by Joe Casey
Artist(s) Tom Scioli
Letterer(s) Rob Steen (#1)
Albert Deschesne (#2, 6-9, 13-18)
Comicraft (#3-6)
Rus Wooton (#19-)
Colorist(s) Bill Crabtree (#1-6, 25-)
Nick Filardi (#7-24)
Collected editions
Hello, Cosmic! ISBN 1-58240-581-6
Another Sunny Delight ISBN 1582406324
Proto-Plastic Party ISBN 1582407363
Amplified Now ISBN 1582409129
Far Beyond the Bang ISBN 1607062569
Gøødbye Divine ISBN 1607066203

Gødland is an American comic book series by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli, published by Image Comics from 2005 to 2012.

Publication history[edit]

The series was conceived as both a homage to and a revival of the so-called "Cosmic Superhero Epic" as told by many great comic writers of the 1970s like Steve Engelhart, Jim Starlin and Jack Kirby. The style of the series is strongly inspired by Kirby's style in his Eternals and The Fourth World series. While obviously strongly inspired by this series, Casey and Scioli add their own twist on the stories with a little humor.

It was announced in the solicitations for issue #25 that the series would end with issue #36, which Scioli attributed to sales,[1] although Casey suggested the end point and reasons were less clear-cut:

Coming to a natural conclusion has nothing to do with sales or any other outside factors. Eventually, the monthly series will end and Adam's story will reach its climactic conclusion in a dramatic and satisfying way, and to have that end point to work toward is simply good storytelling. And despite what the solicitation for #25 states, I never said that the last issue was definitively #36. As we get closer to that climax, Tom and I together will determine how and when we'll wrap it up, and which issue we'll be wrapping it up in.

Having said that, I see the whole thing as more of a transition. I just can't see the end of the monthly series being the end of all things Gødland.[2]


The main character of the series is astronaut Adam Archer. As the sole survivor of an ill-fated journey to Mars, Adam Archer meets the alien entities known as the Cosmic Fetus Collective, who transform him into a cosmic being and instruct him in the uses of his new powers. Archer is sent back to Earth as the first human to be touched by universal enlightenment.

The series starts four years later. Archer has become a famous superhero, but is distrusted by government and the public. The military have provided him with a base, Infinity Tower, from where Archer and his three sisters, Neela, Angie and Stella, protect the Earth from the invasion of robot zombies. Neela, an astronaut and military commander, resents that her brother's powers overshadow her own talents and that she is forced to keep an eye on him instead of pursuing her own career. Angie, a fighter pilot, is a rebellious spirit, while Stella, who oversees communication with her brother, is clear-headed and rational.

On his adventures, Adam comes into conflict with many bizarre supervillains like Basil Cronus, a floating skull in jar on a quest for the ultimate high, Friedrich Nickelhead, Discordia and her father the Tormentor and his army of Superman-Mice.

On his first adventure, Adam saves the giant, dog-like alien Maxim, who turns out to know about the Cosmic Fetus Collective. Maxim was enhanced by his own species and sent to Earth to contact Archer and prepare him for his destiny. He is rather disappointed with the human race though, who are further from enlightenment than he would have hoped. Nevertheless he is fully committed to his task as a mentor to Adam.

There is a space-god named Iboga who plays an important part in the series cosmology.

Neela has left her family and joined up with a private consortium who want to fly to the stars. Villainess Discordia's head exploded during her trial, but Nickelhead has sent his servant to collect her body.

Adam has saved the world from an alien invasion, only to be met with distrust and lawsuits. Archer has become annoyed with humanity's distrust of him and their worship of superhero Crashman, but Maxim is about to show him more about his origin.

Collected editions[edit]

Image is collecting the series as trade paperbacks:

  • Hello, Cosmic! (issues #1-6, 144 pages, January 2006, ISBN 1-58240-581-6)
  • Another Sunny Delight (issues #7-12, 156 pages, July 2006, ISBN 1-58240-632-4)
  • Proto-Plastic Party (issues #13-18, 144 pages, July 2007, ISBN 1-58240-736-3)
  • Amplified Now (issues #19-24, 152 pages, December 2008, ISBN 1-58240-912-9)
  • Far Beyond the Bang (issues #25-30, 152 pages, March 2010, ISBN )
  • Gøødbye Divine (issues #31-36, Finale, May 2014, ISBN 978-1-60706-620-0)

Image has also published three hardcovers collecting issues 1-12, 13-24, and 25-36 respectively, with notes from Casey, sketches by Scioli, a cover and advertisement gallery. The "Celestial Editions" also featured introductions by Grant Morrison (Vol. 1) and Erik Larsen (Vol. 2). The third volume does not feature an introduction. :[3]


  • 2008: Nominated for "Best Graphic Album—Reprint" Eisner Award, for Gødland Celestial Edition Book One[4]



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