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A God Somewhere (New Edition) Paperback – September 20, 2011
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I went back and forth whether or not to pick this up when I first saw it announced. The only exposure I ever had to writer John Arcudi was his run on Gen 13 Volume 1, and I just thought it was ok. The premise was intriguing but it wasn't something I hadn't read in other forms before. All of this coupled with the fact it was an original graphic novel with a $24.99 cover price, made me very hesitant to invest in it. I'm happy to say it was well worth the risk.
Normally, one of the strengths of graphic novels is that they don't have to rely on cliffhangers every 22 pages like a comic book. The writer has more freedom to structure his story any way he wants. Here, Arcudi chose to do 4 chapters at 50 pages each. It'd be interesting to see if this was originally envisioned as a 4-issue mini series but if it was, I'd find it hard to believe each issue would've been 50 pages. But regardless of the original intent, this format works very well here because it allows for cliffhangers and also allows for the passage of time between chapters.
Speaking of time, Arcudi's got an interesting story structure where we follow the 4 main characters in the present while periodically showing flashbacks of significant events in the past between the characters. The main character is Eric Forester. We also follow his brother Hugh, his wife Alma, and Eric's best friend Sam Knowle. Arcudi does a great job of setting up each of these characters and their various struggles before we even get to the superhero parts of the story. But Arcudi doesn't give us too much exposition. He gives us just enough up until the point where Eric is bestowed with his powers.
From here, the story takes off in a very interesting direction.Read more ›
Comics have long been based on the premise that power brings with it responsibility. That's why our comic characters, when bestowed with something special, use that power for the good of humanity. Of course, that's one side of the story, and the other side is full of villains who have used their respective powers for evil. Arcudi and Snejbjerg, if A God Somewhere is any indication, present, for our consideration, that it is much more in man's nature to wind up on the dark side of things.
Eric and Sam are best friends. After a mysterious disaster that kills many at his apartment complex, Eric finds himself with Superman-like powers, which he immediately uses to pull the other survivors from the rubble. What causes the disaster or Eric's powers is never fully explained, and in the scheme of things, the true cause is irrelevant. What's relevant is how Eric thinks he attained the powers--either God bestowed him with them or he is, in fact, a god himself.Read more ›
The art in this comic is superb and the story is very good. Without too many pages (about 130) the comic changes a lot, from a superhero tale to a monster tale. The main drawback for me was how the transformation wasn't truly explained. The main character is very vague and his transformation is quite drastic. I think this makes the book very interesting but at the same time it feels like it could have used a few more pages. One could argue that all the information that is not in words is in the art.
A very interesting book. Worth reading and one that probably feels different if read multiple times since a lot of it is vague.
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While not extraordinary, it is a very good read. It claims to be a philosophical story...but it is not; it's about the wrong guy becoming a demi-god. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JC
Looking at the reviews for this comic it feels like it's popularity can only be explained by everyone having read it in a cultural vacuum. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Young
Great take on gaining super powers, and losing control. It was suggested from a comic book thread from Reddit and ive not been disapoi trd so far. Highly recommended.Published on December 23, 2013 by Ryan G.
A God Somewhere is one of the most philosophically fertile works in its medium. It posits, and then examines through its consequences, a revolutionary idea: that what we think of... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Matthew Sheahan
I picked up A God Somewhere thinking it would be something just to pass the time. As I began to read, I realized that this was a pretty good story. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by T. Teetson
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John Arcudi wrote one of my favorite "forgotten" comics of the 1990s. MAJOR BUMMER, his series with Dough Mahnke, was a humorous take on the "average joe gets superpowers" concept;... Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Jamie S. Rich