Supergod, No Super Heroes Here

Supergod by Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny

Supergod by Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny

Warren Ellis has said more than his fair share about super powered beings in many of his books including Black Summer, The Authority, DV8, Stormwatch, Planetary, and even some heroes in Iron Man, X-Man, and Thunderbolts. More often than not, Ellis talks about the concept of what it means for humans to either suddenly have new, more than human abilities or to be born with incredible abilities that make them different from other humans. These are not new concepts but Ellis has always handled it with slightly unique twists that made his writing interesting – his specifics were always inventive. With Supergod, Ellis steps up and talks about all of this from an outsider’s point of view which allows Ellis to explore their actions as if there is no way that we humans could possibly understand them.

Supergod is uncommon in that it gives the narration of the story from the perspective of someone that does not have the powers; it is someone that should be more like the reader, someone that can only guess what it must be like to have the powers of gods.  In most super hero or even super powered human books, the story is from the perspective of the being with the powers, often dealing with being an outcast or what it means to become something beyond expectations but Supergod goes beyond convention with a simple change of perspective.

Supergod does what all books, comics or otherwise should do.  What all art should do.  It takes a common, known concept or theory and it builds upon it, making it something new and interesting.  The previously known ideas make the art accessible, it reaches out to readers that already have a certain understanding of what they are getting themselves into.  However, great works takes what is known and develops it just a little bit further so that the reader experiences something and hopefully learns something more.

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