In God Country, Emmett Quinlan was seemingly chosen at random to wield a magical sword called Valofax. While holding the 12-foot sword, Quinlan is whole again for the first time in decades. As a result, his Alzheimer’s horrible fog is lifted. He met his granddaughter for the first time. He remembers his son, daughter-in-law, and the pain of losing his wife, Elizabeth.
Previously, in God Country #2, Aristus, God of War, comes to Texas to retrieve the blade of blades. Aristus is rebuked by the sword itself when he tries to remove the sword from Quinlan. Valofax, it turns out, is more than a magic weapon. Valofax is the God of blades and it has chosen Emmett.
The Power of the Sword
“It is every sword ever forged. Every enchanted blade you have ever heard of. Every myth, every song, every tale spoken of a mighty warrior and his unbreakable steel…it is and has always been Valofax.”
Emmett begins to feel the true weight of the amazing gift Valofax has given him. He will have to fight gods and demons to keep the blade. If he relinquishes Valofax to Aristus, he will suffer no consequences or retribution from the gods. The downside is that his dementia will return.
At the end of the chapter, Quinlan’s intent becomes clear. He sends Aristus back to The Kingdom of Always with a four word message–“Come and take it.”
Death Has Come To West Texas
In the opening sequences of God Country #3, Emmett spends some granddaddy time with Deena. Roy and Janey finally have some time alone to process the miraculous events unfolding.
Meanwhile, Emmett’s message to The Kingdom of Always has been received. And the time for catchin’ up and carryin’ on has ended. Balegrim and his demon army descend on the Quinlan farm. Challenge accepted.
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God Country #3, Image Comics, Release Date March 15, 2017, Rated 16+, Written by Donny Cates, Art by Geoff Shaw, Color by Jason Wordie, Letters and design by John J. Hill, Covers by Geoff Shaw and Gerardo Zaffino, $3.99