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Supergod Volume 1 Paperback – October 4, 2011
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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 general, the writing was much better than the artwork. The concept of people creating, or looking for, beings to virtually worship or act as a representation of that country's beliefs was VERY interesting. However, the appearance of a creature that looked like C'thulu (you'll know it when you see it) was.... silly. There was no reason for it. It wasn't just forced... it was plain stupid. Most of the other characters seemed to represent something. The giant C'thulu monsters? That made no sense.
Don't get me wrong, the vast majority of the writing was excellent. Especially if you get the references: Quatermass, The Six Million Dollar Man and so forth (However, the Lovecraft one was a huge blunder, and frankly kind of dumb, despite the fact that I like most of Lovecraft's writings). It made a scene that should have been horrific into one that was ridiculous.
I will say that the delusional world that the character Jerry Craven lives in is a pretty disturbing method of controlling him. I won't give any more detail than that since it would a bit of a spoiler. The writer REALLY should have spent some time focusing on that. It was really glossed over and I think that was a huge mistake.
Is this book worth buying? Yes. It was very good, but it should have been great. Ironically, I think this comic would make a GREAT movie or mini-series.
Just no giant C'thulu monster. Let's not be silly, now.
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.
A truly terrifying look into human nature, this story explores the ramifications of creating man-made Gods. Almost everything in this story is symbolic or an allegory, causing many less knowledgeable readers to dismiss it. The imagery is horrifying, which matches the theme of the story perfectly. As it is only 4 issues the story is very fast-paced; this is one you could easily finish in a couple hours. If you are a deep thinker and feel like diving off the deep end of the darkness of human nature, this is the book for you!
That's what this book is about, the fantastic come to life. Sure, the book is more cynical than I would like, and maybe I'd like more issues and some happy resolution. But that's why I'm not a comic book writer, and we're all better for it that we have Ellis, instead.
A great title not tied to any comic book company, franchise, or tired comic book meme. I can pretty much guarantee HBO and Dreamworks won't be demanding this be filmed. But you owe it to yourself to read Supergod and see the world through larger eyes. None of us have cosmic insight like the creatures in this book, but a certain writer comes close. Come journey with him!
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.