Endowed with supernatural powers after an encounter with celestial beings on the first-ever manned mission to Mars, Adam Archer is the only human being in existence to glimpse universal enlightenment. In GØDLAND, Joe Casey’s and Tom’s Scioli’s trippy, psychedelic spin on the Kirby tradition, Archer has returned to Earth and, along with his four sisters, protects it from threats from the cosmos. The final volume of the series, GØDLAND VOLUME 6: GØØDBYE DIVINE, will answer the question posed from the beginning: Can he truly become one with the Universe?
“From a macro-story/allegorical point of view, Adam Archer is us. His evolution is our evolution, humanity’s evolution,” said writer Casey in a recent interview. “And, yeah, he not an ‘everyman’ … he’s special from the moment you meet him in issue #1… He’s got unique abilities, he’s got some psychological damage, he’s got loads of personal issues. I think that describes a lot of people, y’know? So, taking that character as a surrogate for all of us, we could show a particular type of human evolution — an emotional one — the kind that I can personally relate to.”
Throughout the series, Archer has battled robot zombies, villains in search of the ultimate high, the sadist Discordia, and sibling rivalry. He has encountered a god-like being called Iboga and been guided by a wise dog-like alien named Maxim. But throughout it all, it’s unclear if, as a human, Archer has the potential to achieve what his brush with infinity makes possible.
The job of illustrating such a far-ranging and idiosyncratic work falls into capable hands with Scioli, whose bold character designs, celestial landscapes, and eye-popping color bring the vast universe of the co-creators’ shared imagination to life.
GØDLAND VOLUME 6: GØØDBYE DIVINE will be in comic book stores on June 11 and bookstores on June 24. A new printing of the Eisner-Award-nominated hardcover GØDLAND: THE CELESTIAL EDITION VOLUME 1, which collects issues #1-12 of the series will be in stores the following week, and THE CELESTIAL EDITION VOLUME 2, collecting #13-24 is also available.