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Product Details

  • Series: Supergod
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910991
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Warren Ellis is the award-winning British author of comic books, novels, and television, most often recognized for his sociocultural commentary and ground-breaking work in the genre of science fiction.  He maintains a consistent online presence which includes the weekly delivery of the FREAKANGELS web comic to millions of fans.  Ellis has published over 25 different creator-owned projects through Avatar Press (including BLACK SUMMER, IGNITION CITY, and GRAVEL, the last of which is in development as a film through Legendary Pictures), with many more planned.

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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Enrique C. Acosta on October 13, 2011
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When Avatar press said they were going to pay top writers to just do whatever the hell they wanted there was great rejoicing in the land. Till we realized that giving them free reign doesn't always lead to genius. Sometimes the firm hand of a editor can help craft a masterpiece. Or at least ensure something not quite ready doesn't get printed. Supergod is filled with fantastic ideas that are never fleshed out. Warren Ellis manages the impossible by creating a first person narrative that manages to distance you emotionally from the action. Not so much a story as a dry stating of facts it appears he has an axe to grind with religion, with people, with the notion of the super man. All worthy subjects and ones I am willing to read. But this book feels more like an outline than a story. In the end the concepts may have been too big for him. In the end while the ideas were great the execution was lacking. I would love it if he revisited the story sometime in the future in a second or third draft.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Justin Cole on January 5, 2012
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I had a very brief infatuation with comic books my early teens. Unfortunately, the pendulum of my family's religious vervor was swinging deep into fundamentalist territory at that time, and I was restricted to reading religious comics, which limited me to Jack Chick's wildly deranged "The Crusaders" series. Those who believe mainstream comics are excessively violent, cynical and offensive should check out Chick's work to see how mild most mainstream fare is in comparison to these allegedly Christian works. Anyone who has been the recipient of one of Chick's equally bizarre comic-form tracts has had a taste of what awaits in his longer-form works.

I go into my history with such comics as way of explaining why I was intrigued by the premise of Warren Ellis' "Supergod", wherein the arms race of the cold war has been replaced by a race between the global superpowers to develop a superbeing of ftheir own. Much like the consequences of the arms race, the good intentions of each nation in "Supergod" end up completely inverted, as their creations mostly slaughter the population and cause widespread destruction.

This sounds like a clever premise with the potential for a lengthly series, ala Ex Machina. Alas, Ellis unloads all his ammo into one rather slim volume, which turns a global battle that takes place over decades into a rushed affair without scope or depth. Boiling down the material to so few pages means dialogue and character development are jettisoned, leaving only a startling amount of violence and gore. This may have been a concept with promise, but the execution is completely bungled.

Even so, there is still a certain visceral thrill to all the evisceration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell C. Barton on February 9, 2012
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I read some sketchy reviews about this book. I was a little nervous to buy it but I am glad I did. Ellis delivers the goods with superb artwork to backup his unique storytelling. Near the end it felt like an episode of the super best friends. Perhaps that was the only problem I found. It was very deux ex machina, a sort of hasty wrap up and clearing out of all the major players. We never really get to go inside the heads of the Gods. Maybe that's a good thing, we don't have to try to find the rationalization.

The other books I've read from Ellis recently: Black Summer and No Hero really makes me think he's trying to find his "watchmen" project.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sergio S. on January 19, 2012
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Will not delve much on this review. Just want to say that it's a deeply disturbing outlook and what-if scenario. Up there with the best of them.
Gripping to the very last page and will surely stay with you long after you've turned the last page.
Not for the squeamish but nevertheless a very rewarding experience for those who can stomach it.
Highly recommended.
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If you're a fan of writer Warren Ellis or perhaps just intrigued by the cover, take a look. Very very much a dystopian book. If you're looking for a happy feel-good ending with the main character riding a horse into the sunset, this book is not for you.
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Supergod is, quite simply, frustrating. It has an incredibly interesting premise, but is hampered with flaws. The story has your typical "Ellis-isms", especially considering the protagonist. The idea of a superhuman arms races gone awry is a fascinating one, but ultimately has no pay off. Beyond that point, the biggest flaw has to be the pacing. The protagonist jumps back and forth through time, recounting events in a fashion that isn't conductive to storytelling. Overall, I don't think I can recommend this book unless you can purchase it at a discounted price.
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By steven franchini on January 12, 2014
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I was going to hear from the hero gods. I didn't like the perspective the story was told from. Pass.
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By Shane Tiernan on November 19, 2013
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Ellis pulls it off again. This is insanely sane. It's unthinkable and yet the whole idea of governments working on "superhuman" projects that will go wrong and end up destroying the world is probably real enough to be something to get people worrying that it could happen.

The art is great, the ideas are original and it doesn't pull any punches.

At first I thought the way of telling the story was kind of lame but it grew on me and the guy telling the story was hilarious.
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