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Supergod Volume 1 Paperback – October 4, 2011
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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of explaining why I was intrigued by the premise of Warren Ellis' "Supergod", wherein the arms race of the cold war has been replaced by a race between the global superpowers to develop a superbeing of ftheir own.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.Read more ›
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!
I think maybe it was the fact that the story was told almost entirely in flashback, and the whole thing was narrated by one character, which effectively put the comic in passive voice. I felt no sense of suspense or urgency while reading it, and even the action sequences didn't feel very, uh, action-y. Total waste of the comic as a storytelling medium, IMHO.
That said, I still wouldn't hesitate to buy anything by Warren Ellis. 😄
* (issues #1-5. If there's more, lemme know so I can get closure. lol)
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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.Published on January 12, 2014 by steven franchini
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Great story and great art! Ordered based on an Amazon suggestion and it was a great quick read. Went back and reread it and there was even more the second time.Published on December 2, 2012 by P.M.