"GĂ¸dland" by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli is one of Image Comics' most acclaimed titles, beloved by fans and comics professionals alike. A revival of the cosmic comics of the 1970s, "GĂ¸dland" tells the story of Adam Archer, an astronaut who comes into contact with godlike alien beings who bestow him with great powers and universal enlightenment. Archer returns to Earth to become a famous superhero, but finds that the human race isn't necessarily keen on having a walking, talking god hanging around.
This July, Image Comics is releasing a new Celestial Edition of "GĂ¸dland," collecting issues #1-12 in a deluxe, oversized hardcover with an introduction by genre champion Grant Morrison and a new wraparound cover by series artist Tom Scioli, seen here for the very first time.
|"GĂ¸dland" Celestial Edition wraparound cover|
Excerpt from Grant Morrison's introduction:
Kirby's work in the late '60s gave rise to a '70s wave of so-called
'cosmic' comics; as the 'relevant' superhero titles of the period
tried and failed to offer any lasting insight into the soul of
America, it took a generation of acid-tripping writers and artists to
confront the real questions of Life, Death, Time and Transcendence in
the pages of books like 'Captain Marvel', 'Warlock' 'Doctor Strange'
and 'Silver Surfer'. Emerging at the end of the Vietnam War, the
cosmic comics held up a mirror to the sick and weary American psyche
and offered, in place of South East Asia's blood-soaked mire, an
imaginative vision of human possibility and a destiny in the stars.
In a time of war once more, at a point where the mainstream comics
aesthetic is again working its way through a periodic obsession with
filmic 'realism' and heartfelt, ham-fisted, globo-political
commentary, Joe Casey and Tom Scioli have elected toÂ swim against
the prevailing current and to go 'cosmic' again. Perhaps it's this
acute awareness of what it most definitely does not want to be that
gives GĂDLAND its laser-like focus and powerfully contemporary
-- Grant Morrison
target="PopUp">GĂDLAND CELESTIAL EDITION HC story JOE CASEY
art & cover TOM SCIOLI, NICK FILARDI & RICHARD STARKINGS
BOOK ONE IS HERE!
See how the greatest cosmic superhero epic of the new century began! See Commander Adam Archer, Maxim, Basil Cronus, Nickelhead, IBOGA and more in all their oversized glory! What other book delivers the Secret Origin of the Universe? None! What other book squeezes your guts like an angry Torture-Bot? None! Only GĂDLAND gives you everything you'll ever need!
Collects GĂDLAND issues #1-12 plus over 40 pages of cosmic-powered, behind-the-scenes extras!
THE CELESTIAL EDITION HARDCOVER IS THE MAXIMUM FORMAT TO EXPERIENCE THE FIRST YEAR OF THE GĂDLAND SAGA! THIS MIGHTY AND POWERFUL BOOK WILL RULE YOUR STRANGLED WORLD!
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