Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Ellis & Gastonny
The second issue of Supergod moves the characters closer to the ultimate confrontation that apparently destroyed Earth’s civilization. This issue seems to take more of a look at government’s attempt at making a controllable force, or even weapon, than creating some sort of deity. The comic continues to tell an impressive story despite being told as a series of flashbacks as recalled by a single narrator. This comic isn’t nearly as origin-based as the previous issue as the acts of the characters begin to play out. This is another good issue as the suspense builds in the overall story.
The comic opens with the narrator fighting off some thugs. This part of the comic is worth mentioning because it appears he is not the last man standing. Actually, based on the behavior of those that come for him it’s hard to tell if they are all a little nuts or if the narrator is the one that’s a little paranoid. It’s still not clear why he’s documenting the events, especially now that we understand how tough times are on basic survival.
This issue introduces China’s superhuman. This particular character was created and unveiled under the pretense of being a weapon. As a common theme in this story we find that creations with artificial intelligence tend to think for themselves instead of taking orders and following them through blindly.
As the confrontation between the Iranian and the Indian super beings starts to unfold we find out that really the super beings inherently will battle each other as they are all created for survival. I mean why would the super powered creatures think to work together if their primary function is to survive and take out threats, environmental or otherwise?
Finally, we meet Jerry, America’s superhero. At first he appears to be just a derivative of Captain America, but he actually resembles the Six Million Dollar Man a little more. Essentially Jerry is a man who died, but was rebuilt into something more. In order to appease his mental state they set him up in a way that makes him think he’s actually in heaven. It’s an interesting situation for the character because on the one hand he’s a caged tiger being lied to by his creators, but on the other hand he’s totally dependent on his handlers for his most basic needs including security and stability.
The comic continues what you might consider the introduction, but it’s doing more than just telling some surface origins. What the comic is doing is shifting the various governments’ needs. What began as some countries creating something more, whether to worship or study science, their motives have started to change. Now we see the thin line as other government’s simply want power and a living weapon seems like a logical choice. What we are seeing so far is that the most violent characters are the ones that weren’t created with war in mind. I’m sure that will all change as we move along.
The comic book excels in the art department. We have a lot of different cultures and cities mixing in this comic and they all have unique landscapes that are shown off in here. However, the best part of the comic is the expressions when dealing with Jerry. He looks like a lost child that’s confused about why he’s still alive. It’s a brilliant visual emotional array.
This series is turning out to be more than a religious study or just another rogue super hero comic. It’s actually more of a deep look into politics and issues facing societies in this age and how those societies might decide to address them. This comic touches on a lot of emotions and it’s also creating a cool little universe. I suspect we are going to see a lot of action in the next issue. This is a series to pick up without a doubt.
4 out of 5 geek goggles