Review – A God Somewhere

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This weekend I took a nice vacation to the beach and was looking forward to reading an unexpected graphic novel that landed on my doorstep Thursday afternoon.  I decided to see what was in store for me that night and by Friday I had tore through the entire graphic novel.  A God Somewhere is good.  Actually it’s great.  It a must read, highly recommended purchase and top contender for graphic novel of the year.

Written by John Arcudi, illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg, colored by Bjarne Hansen, and published by Wildstorm, the graphic novel asks what happens to an average person who is given god like powers.  It’s not a new concept, in fact it’s been explored numerous times, however this graphic novel’s take, dialogue, plot are entertaining, at times tragic and most important overall, thought provoking.

The story is of two brothers Eric and Hugh and their best friend Sam.  Eric, the older protective brother is surpassed by his younger brother who has an excellent job and a beautiful wife.  Eric is bestowed with extraordinary powers through a tragic event and his life is immediately turned upside down placing him again in the role of protector.

After a mysterious disaster, a young man named Eric finds that he has just as mysteriously developed extraordinary abilities.  He sets out to be mankind’s first true superhero, but his solitary position in the world isolates him in ways no ordinary human could understand.  A God Somewhere charts the arc of Eric’s evolution from man to something more, as seen through the eyes of his family and best friend.

We’re taken through events that see Eric deal with his new found power, how it affects his family relationships and how their friend Sam now has to deal with his best friend’s new found stardom and role.  It’s three perspectives and as the saying goes power corrupts each differently.

The story is excellently paced with fantastic art and unique perspective.  Yes, the story has been done before, but this is the rare comic that will haunt you for days, makes you want to discuss the deeper themes with someone else and best of all make you think.  It has something to say, a point to make.  It does that, and then some.

Plot: John Arcudi nails it.  While the concept of the graphic novel isn’t new, the overall plot, direction and characters are very original.  The story is shown through three perspectives, each dealing with their roles in the world.  Each deal with Eric’s dilemma in different ways and each end up in different places.  The main focus is the relationship between two brothers and their changing roles and responsibilities.  Arcudi also doesn’t hold back.  The situations Eric faces once he receives his powers and where this takes him are extreme and there is no sanitizing where he ends up.  At times the comic is brutal, but at all times it’s honest.  And well worth the read.  Rating: 10

Art: Peter Snejberg’s art is fantastic to read and Bjarne Hansen’s color adds to it.  Snejberg nails the positions and body language as well as moving the character’s looks along the way.  There’s a mix of situations and scenes from action, some times brutal, to plain human interaction and conversations and Snejberg covers it all masterfully.  Rating: 9

Overall: My only fault with the entire graphic novel is one newspaper article that’s shown that still has the Lorem Ipsum.  That’s the only fault I can find.  This is a thought provoking read and one that should absolutely be on your pull and buy list.  Thought provoking, it’s a fantastic and original take an a concept we’ve read before.  Do yourself a favor and buy this graphic novel.  Rating: 9.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 200 pages    Price: $24.99     Release: June

DC and Wildstorm provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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