Supergod #1 Cover

Supergod #1 Cover

So as many of you long time readers of DTC (and you fellow writers) know, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a review. A really long time. Honestly, I’ve been busy, but I’m sorry. I wasn’t really even planning on writing a review today. But then I read this issue. About 4 pages into this issue, I had made the decision that I had to write a review of this soon. By the end, I knew that I had to stop reading comics tonight and push this thing out NOW. And by the end of the review, you’ll hopefully know why.

So, I’m a pretty big Warren Ellis fan. I pick up pretty much every Avatar title that he writes (and there are a lot). Most of them are pretty good. Some are really excellent. So naturally, I picked up Supergod #1. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but when I went to the comic book shop today, the owner, Kirby, specifically said “oh, this is really good”. Now, a little back story on Kirby. He’s a great comic book shop owner and a good guy, but I’m pretty sure he has never told me that he liked a comic. Actually, up until today, I wasn’t even sure if he still read current comics. So I immediately knew that this book had to be at the top of my read stack this week. And boy, was he right about it being really good.

I’ll go into depth about why it is so good after the break.

How can I put the greatness of this comic in a way that most comic book readers will understand just how epic it is? I’m going to go out on a complete limb here and possibly commit comic book heresy right now: this book, right here, after 1 issue, is going to be this decade’s Watchmen. It’s a bold statement, but it’s all there in the glossy pages. There is a grand scale of this comic that I haven’t seen in any recent comics. And I don’t mean grand like “oh man, this epic crossover is going to change the entire Marvel/DC/Image universe”. I mean that this comic is so intellectually deep that it’s hard to believe that people can charge comics with being childish. Just like Watchmen revolutionized the perception of comics in the 80s, Supergod could do the same here in the new Millennium.

So why am I raving about this so much? First, this is Ellis at his finest prose. Yes, I just said prose about a comic. Because that is what this is. This is storytelling at its absolute best. The pacing is absolutely perfect. Our narrator, sitting (possibly alone) in this post-apocalyptic world, giving us a history lesson is so completely brilliant. All writers, not just comic book writers, could learn from Warren Ellis’ narration. On top of all that, in this very first issue, Ellis tackles issues of god complexes, worship and human emotion more than some writers do in their entire careers. Throughout the issue, Ellis makes us feel as though the narrator is telling us the story, which is no small feat to accomplish. Ellis pulls you into this story from panel one and even after the last panel, you still sit there, wondering how long you are going to have to wait to continue the rest of this amazing story. Doesn’t hurt too much that the last panel is so completely shocking after reading the rest of the comic that you are left slack-jawed and unable to breath.

Of course, no matter how great the story is, you can never forget about the hard work of the artist. Honestly, in a comic like this, it would be easy to overlook the work of Garrie Gastonny. Ellis draws you into the story so much with his words, you have to literally pull yourself back so that you can admire the art. And admire it you should. Gastonny’s art is so tight and wonderfully detailed here that you really need to stop at each panel and stare for a few seconds. It’ll be well worth the brief pause from the story. From his images of the post-apocalyptic wasteland to his stunning (and sometimes downright freaky) characters, you cannot miss the art on this book. I could take pretty much any panel in this comic, blow it up and hang it in a gallery. It is that beautiful.

Bottom line, if I haven’t convinced you to go pick this up yet, you’re a fool. The idea of superhero worship is so blindingly obvious that any other writer might have made this comic a joke. But Ellis not only makes it work, but does it with incredible depth and intelligence. There is nothing like this on the shelf right now and you’ll be sad if you miss picking this one up. I don’t know how the rest of the series is going to follow up this stunning first issue, but I have faith that Ellis is going to make this series one of the must-read comic books that will stand up with the likes of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. So, don’t hesitate to pick this one up.

About The Author

Nick is a web developer at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He helped start this site back in 2009 as a way to share his passion of comics with readers and hopefully give advice to people on what to read and buy. When he isn't reading comics, Nick enjoys running, cycling and swimming. He is always training for his next running race or triathlon. Nick is also passionate about the outdoors. Along with his wife, Annie, Nick likes traveling to the various national parks across the country and they have a goal of visiting every national park in their lifetime. The couple lives in Grand Rapids, which, in their opinion, is the greatest city in the world. Living there helps fuel one of Nick's other passions: beer. He is a self-proclaimed beer geek and living in Beer City USA certainly helps to keep him rich in his favorite libation.

2 Responses to Supergod #1 Review

  1. Joel says:

    I agree Nick, this comic was awesome and I think Ellis has something big up his sleeve in where he is taking this. I can’t wait for #2.

  2. Bob says:

    Happy birthday! (7)