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Supergod [Hardcover]

Warren Ellis , William Christensen , Garrie Gastonny
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4 Oct 2011
Praying to be saved by a man who can fly will get you killed! From Warren Ellis, the creator of THE AUTHORITY and PLANETARY, comes the most horrifying superhero comic you'll ever read! When scientists build messianic super-humans to save the world, no one thought about how these heroes would do it - or even if they'd want to. So begins the apocalyptic tomorrow, when supermen kill us all and end the world just because we wanted to be rescued by human-shaped things from beyond Science itself!
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592911005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592911004
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Acclaimed comics writer Warren Ellis is known for his big concept ideas and super-science, and this latest release is no exception." --Advertiser 24 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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With a career spanning over twenty years, Mike Wolfer has been both writer and illustrator on many of Avatar Press' most popular titles, collaborating with some of the industry's most renowned writers including Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis and Alan Moore. As the guiding force behind such horror titles as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13TH, and ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD, Wolfer cemented his reputation as one of today's top creators of supernatural tales, a trend has continues with his writing credits on Warren Ellis' GRAVEL and Garth Ennis' STITCHED, both of which he also illustrates. Avatar's sister company, Boundless Comics, has also benefited from Wolfer's flair for the macabre, as he writes both Brian Pulido's LADY DEATH and the ""bad girl"" extravaganza title, WAR GODDESS. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the end of the world as we know it 22 Oct 2011
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A professor talking to a recording device sits beside the Thames River as all of London lies in burning ruin, the river choked with corpses, the sky a fiery red. This man is telling us how things got to this point, how the world ended for humans because we put our faith in gods, or superheroes - Supergods.

Warren Ellis has been writing some really interesting books in the last few years about the nature of superheroes and riffing on new ways to portray them in comics. I highly recommend checking out "Black Summer" and "No Hero" before coming to "Supergod" as you see a master writer working his way through some pretty fantastic ideas before coming to this, a culmination of sorts, and the best superhero book you'll read this year.

In this world humans build superhumans who are real representations of their own gods such as a real life, superhuman Krishna, complete with blue skin, who was created to save India. He does this by murdering 90% of the Indian population and burning down most of the structures, recreating a cleaner India thus "saving" it.

China creates a god who goes on to turn people into structures; Russian creates a god who becomes a killing machine; the UK creates a strange god with three heads that spreads love and chaos through spores; and America creates the worst one of all...

I won't go into each country's version of their saviour but suffice it to say, Ellis' imagination shows you some pretty amazing creations - and then faces them against each other. The battlescenes and the actions of these gods are incredible, in fact just imagining this story is a feat few writers could achieve but Ellis not only does it but does a great job of realising it as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the end of the world as we know it 20 Oct 2011
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A professor talking to a recording device sits beside the Thames River as all of London lies in burning ruin, the river choked with corpses, the sky a fiery red. This man is telling us how things got to this point, how the world ended for humans because we put our faith in gods, or superheroes - Supergods.

Warren Ellis has been writing some really interesting books in the last few years about the nature of superheroes and riffing on new ways to portray them in comics. I highly recommend checking out "Black Summer" and "No Hero" before coming to "Supergod" as you see a master writer working his way through some pretty fantastic ideas before coming to this, a culmination of sorts, and the best superhero book you'll read this year.

In this world humans build superhumans who are real representations of their own gods such as a real life, superhuman Krishna, complete with blue skin, who was created to save India. He does this by murdering 90% of the Indian population and burning down most of the structures, recreating a cleaner India thus "saving" it.

China creates a god who goes on to turn people into structures; Russian creates a god who becomes a killing machine; the UK creates a strange god with three heads that spreads love and chaos through spores; and America creates the worst one of all...

I won't go into each country's version of their saviour but suffice it to say, Ellis' imagination shows you some pretty amazing creations - and then faces them against each other. The battlescenes and the actions of these gods are incredible, in fact just imagining this story is a feat few writers could achieve but Ellis not only does it but does a great job of realising it as well. Garrie Gastonny's artwork is also brilliant and he brings each of these strange gods/monsters to life beautifully/horrifically.

"Supergod" is an utterly brilliant superhero comic that mixes in the space philosophy ideas Ellis writes about in "Planetary" with the awesome visions of superbeings in "The Authority" and the mix is a very heady book that's gripping, horrific, thoughtful, and unforgettable. Reading this was enormous fun and confirms Warren Ellis as one of the most interesting writers in comics today.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, disappointing execution 4 Nov 2012
By rickles42 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Supergod is based on an excellent, imaginative idea that caught my attention immediately: an arms race of superhumans! I was disappointed to find that the story itself does not do justice to this great idea.

The story could be described as "pseudo-epic." It has the trappings of a grand, world-shattering plot that should send chills down my spine, but the story itself is too brief and matter-of-fact to build up much tension or drama with which to send those chills. There's no emotional impact.

Put another way, the story has pretty poor pacing. Several times the reader is introduced to a new supergod just to see it do battle and be destroyed in the span of a few pages---there's not much character development or sense of attachment, just a series of cool beings with cool powers (which is still cool, of course). The battles themselves are generally well done, however, and they effectively convey a sense of the awesome power wielded by these beings.

The art and narrative style of Supergod are also well done; the narrator is an enjoyable character with great snarky moments. If the story itself were longer, more intricate, or better paced, then Supergod might actually deliver some emotional impact. As it is, however, Supergod is not quite worthy of the descriptor "horrifying."
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