Supergod by Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny is my first attempt at reviewing a graphic novel. I entered a challenge of reading one each month so I’m afraid there will be more. I am not big consumer of comics and graphic novel, but I have read both Stormwatch and The Authority, which Warren Ellis has worked on so Supergod seemed like a safe choice. I'd like to thank myself for so generously providing me with a copy to review.
Supergod opens with a bang. London is burning, the Thames runs thick with the dead, and a lonely man is sitting on its bank. Simon Reddin, a scientist, is on the phone with an American colleague. It's not a conversation you have everyday. Simon Reddin is not making a social call, he is recounting how he helped destroy the world.
I like the concept behind Supergod, which is an arms race between the major nations of the world. The differences lies in the choice of weapon they are trying to develop. It's a race of creating the most powerful superhero, or a god if you like. Most just want to come up with something capable of making the world into a better place, but for others it's a question of power. Each superpower had their own unique approach, which made for some interesting reading.
It would not be much of a story if each project was a success, and it's not. As is quite obvious from page one of Supergod, and also my story summary. It all boils down to how alien and different these beings are. You cannot expect them to follow human conventions and behaviour, so when they are let lose the result is unexpected.
Garrie Gastonny's illustrations work well. His style has just enough detail to show what is happening, focusing on what is important, without overwhelming you. His characters are human in proportion, and look like real people. This is the style I prefer, and comics like Spawn, by Todd McFarlane I always thought were a pain to look at.
I really enjoyed Supergod. It's quality entertainment, but with more depth than your average graphic novel. Astrocity is a good comic if you want superheroes who behave like real people; Supergod is what you read when you want something alien and unpredictable. I came away feeling amazed and horrified by Supergod, but it also made me stop and think. You should read it too.
Supergod weighs in at 128 pages and is published by Avatar.
Recommendation: must read