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A God Somewhere – A Graphic Novel Review

Book: A God Somewhere, an original graphic novel
Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg
Colorist: Bjarne Hansen
Publisher: WildStorm
Release Date: June 8th, 2010
List Price: Amazon.com Price: $24.99/$16.49

What makes a human being human?

“The most humantake on the superhero story I have ever seen.” – Mike Mignola, Creator of Hellboy

Eric Forster has just been “blessed” with something that almost every person on earth wishes for, superpowers. After a bizarre explosion, Eric’s life was changed forever. That morning he was just a normal guy with a great family, a loyal best friend, and a decent job as a driver for a delivery company. Now, Eric has to go through a life change that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Shoved into the limelight and overwhelmed with questions from family, friends and the media, Eric goes into a downward spiral from which there is no return.

“Artist Peter Snejbjerg’s visual narration is superb. It co-tells a story that shows us the darker aspects of the superhero mythos and, at the same time, reflects our real-life fears and concerns, all the while delivering the extravagance and melodrama we expect from the genre. It is our first real superhero tragedy, in the classic sense of the term, and although we may flinch, writer John Arcudi does not.” – Dennis O’Neil, Writer of BATMAN

Very interesting storyline, not one that you would normally see in a superhero tale. Right off the bat I was impressed on how the author keeps you informed with past events so that you can continue to stay on track with what is going on. The book goes back and forth between current time and history just enough to push the story along, and it’s always in the right places.

You get to read through the different viewpoints of a few characters, instead of just following one. Eric, who’s just become a superhero; Hugh, Eric’s brother whom is taking this change the worst; and Sam, Eric’s best friend till the very end. These different viewpoints are key in fully explaining the story.

Arcudi shows us the inner-workings of having superpowers and how it affects you and the world around you. Never before has there been a real superhero that we could relate to, that we could feel for. While reading you really connect with the message that Arcudi is sending out, and this makes it very hard to put the book down. I read the book in one sitting, not once thinking about coming back to it at a later time.

The graphics are fantastic. The color and depth go far beyond your typical comic book. It’s amazing how much different the book would be if you didn’t have the graphics to help you along. I feel that without them, the story wouldn’t have caught my attention nearly as much.

A lot of time and effort was put into detail as well. Things that show in the background, that you might not have even paid attention to, were all beautifully done. Pictures on the wall are complete, there is pocket findings scattered out on desk surfaces. All things that show what effort was put into making this a work of art.

As a book lover, I would have liked to have seen a bit more. I found it a bit crazy that right after Eric got superpowers he immediately knew he could run through a brick wall and fly. It would have been nice to know what he was thinking, why he thought he could do that before he tried. It would also have been interesting to find out why the explosion had happened, or what had caused it. I could see this being made into a longer book that I would also enjoy.

Overall, this was extremely well done. The message comes accross just as the author intends it to. Worth giving a read!

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  • Great job Sarah! Also I shared my thoughts with you, and I will be checking this out just on your recommendation.

  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    Sounds like a cool book. I seriously need to get some more graphic novels. I love to read and the added bonus of pictures would be a nice change. heh 🙂