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  • Series: Supergod
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910991
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,759 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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In the end the concepts may have been too big for him.
Enrique C. Acosta
There are a lot of over-hyped comic book writers, people like Mark Millar and Brian Michael Bendis get the mainstream plaudits and publicity.
A Forest Fan
A very interesting look at what a world of "real" super-powered beings would look like.
S. Byrnes

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40 of 46 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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22 of 27 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 Russ 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brooke on January 15, 2014
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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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One thing I dig about Avatar is that they have allowed the great Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan) do just about whatever he wants in terms of storytelling. Black Summer benefited wonderfully from this, as no mainstream comic publisher editor would more than likely not have touched it with a ten foot pole. Supergod falls under the same banner for the most part, as it features some intriguing and brilliant ideas that are delivered with semi-flawed execution. The story of Supergod is recollected from the point of view of an eccentric British scientist, as various nations including America, India, and China race to create their own superpowered individuals, meeting with cataclysmic results that forever re-shape both humanity and the planet. While the storytelling and presentation of Supergod is flawed, it is oh so unsettling to read, and that's part of what makes it so magnetic and nearly impossible to put down. The artwork from Garrie Gastonny makes the proceedings all the more horrific, and leaves you with some imagery that you won't soon forget. All in all, if you're an Ellis fan, you already know that Supergod should be right up your alley.
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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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