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After a mysterious disaster, a young man named Eric finds that he has just as mysteriously developed extraordinary abilities. He starts out trying to help people, but his solitary position in the world isolates him in ways no average human could understand. This story charts the arc of the evolution of Eric from man to...well, who knows what, as seen through the eyes of hi...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by WildStorm (first published 2010)
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Gilang Danu
The theme of average-joe-turned-god is not a new theme in comic book medium, we're already familiar with characters like Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen or The Sentry in Marvel universe (which were also a borrowed idea from Nietzsche concept of ubermensch).

One quotable line from the book, '...you're just another character in somebody's else story.' summed up A God Somewhere perfectly. No matter how powerful, influential and godlike you are, the world still not revolve around you. A God Somewhere remin...more
Ester Dachs Escarra
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Sumit Singla
The first thing that comes to mind on reading A God Somewhere is Mark Waid's Irredeemable.

The narrator of the story is a black guy called Sam, who is saved from school bullies by two brothers Eric and Hugh. OF course, they become the best of friends after that.

Some time later, there is an explosion in Eric's apartment building, and hundreds of people die. Eric doesn't. And that's what changes things. Forever.

Eric becomes a super-human of some sort. He develops incredible strength, speed, and the...more
Arminzerella
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Maxoel Costa
Feb 28, 2012 Maxoel Costa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: marcele
Shelves: owned, comics
For a long time, i've heard of this graphic novel and I even get the scan copy, but I didn't get any interest in reading it. Recently,

I've buyed a copy and started to read. I've read little about the comics, so every page, as well as the story development and end, was a completely surprise.

I really enjoyed the Sam character, the black guy friend of the blond Forsters Brothers, Eric and Hugh, and the chronicler of the fate of one of them, Eric, that after a misterious explosion develops superpo...more
Christina
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Francis
Una historia complicada.
En "Un Dios entre nosotros" un joven (Eric) después de una explosión recibe unos extraños poderes que lo hacen casi invulnerable.
"El poder" es el tema de esta novela gráfica. "Tener grandes poderes conlleva grandes responsabilidades" como le decían a Peter Parker pero y si el poder te corrompe y te hace ver todo lo malo que el ser humano arrastra. Eso le origina a nuestro protagonista un bloqueo existencial que lo autodestruye.
Esta reflexión sobre la forma de controlar el...more
Chad Bearden
"A God Somewhere" is unquestionably a very accomplished work. John Arcudi's story about a man losing his humanity after recieving super powers is an interesting one. Shifting the point-of-view from super man, Eric, to friend, Sam, is a very humanizing one. The relationship between brothers Eric and Hugh is well fleshed out and the directions the story takes are genuinely surprising and satisfying. Artist Peter Snejbjerg also deserves some of the credit for some stark and haunting illustrations t...more
Danijel Jedriško
"A God Somewhere" raises a big questions: Does power comes with responsibilities, and what those responsibilities are?; Where is the border between good and evil?; What's the purpose of human existence?
Eric, the protagonist of this story is somebody in who we can recognize ourselves and because of that we can relate to his transformation from saving angel to a murdering psychopath. That transformation is the main plot-line of the story, but the story really becomes great only when all subtext a...more
Christopher
I honestly don't know what prompted me to read this graphic novel. One day last week, I got an email notification from my library telling me I had reserved it and it was waiting for me, so I figured I must know what I like to read, whether I remember reserving it or not...so I shrugged off my sign of early senility and cracked the spine on this one. It wasn't a bad read at all - it was engaging, with characters I came to care about, flawed as they were, both intentionally and unintentionally.

Wit...more
Jamie
John Arcudi wrote one of my favorite “forgotten” comics of the 1990s. Major Bummer, his series with Dough Mahnke, was a humorous take on the “average joe gets superpowers” concept; it was funny, action-packed, and at its core, like John’s best work, human. A God Somewhere, his creator-owned graphic novel with Peter Snejbjerg, takes that same basic concept and flips it around. This is the serious sibling to Bummer, a harsh examination of absolute power being visited on the common man and corrupti...more
Eric
Wow. Dark. "A God Somewhere" is firmly in the 'real people can't handle this much power' camp.

The first half of the book is about a good man and his relationships with his best friend and his younger brother. Then it abruptly changes into a gory superman-run-amok story.

It's kind of a downer, and very unpredictable. Every time I thought I knew where it was heading, everything changed. I found the ending to be vaguely unsatisfying but overall it was very thought-provoking, very well-written.
Hikmat
Ini komik superhero, tapi jangan berprasangka dulu. Baik yang suka atau yang benci komik superhero boleh jadi kecele: ini adalah juga sebuah novel tragedi yang sangat realistik. John Arcudi (The Mask) dan Peter Snejbjerg (Light Brigade) mencipta dunia yang sangat dekat dengan kita, sangat mungkin terjadi, sebagai latar bagi sebuah kejadian fantastik dan mengerikan. Tiga orang sahabat, Sam (berkulit hitam), Eric & Hugh (dua bersaudara, pirang dan aryan secara fisik, terutama Eric) adalah oran...more
Thom Foolery
A God Somewhere put the graphic back into graphic novel with its gory depictions of smashed heads, decapitated corpses, and shredded human remains. These images serve to remind the reader that fragility is at the heart of the human condition. They also provide a stark contrast to the novel's nigh-omnipotent superman (in both the Simon & Shuster and Nietzschean senses). Described elsewhere as "the first superhero tragedy," this novel provides a disturbing, if uneven, meditation on what it mig...more
Luke Zwanziger
This is perhaps one of the best graphic novels I have read since Alan Moore's "The Watchmen." This is truly a novel in the sense of the word, not some collected arc from a series, but an out and out, human story.

From a simple group of two brothers and their friend who are all tight evolving, separating, as one brother is "blessed" with superhuman powers, and becomes distant and disillusioned, and finally a mass murder.

The pages are so intense, so full of passion, agony, pain, and hope. I felt...more
Thomas
One of my favorite superhero stories is Alan Moore’s take on Miracleman, where he deconstructed the idea of the superhero as a god, and took it in a new direction. By making them into gods, he made them human, and he took that idea and used it when he revamped the Swamp Thing and the entire superhero mythology with Watchmen. Since then, more mature comics look back at these ideas and try to incorporate them into their stories, but so far, no one has done it better than Alan Moore himself.

A God S...more
Rick
Jun 01, 2010 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Exploring the real world consequences of super powers, Arcudi and Snejbjerg expertly reveal the story of super-being Eric Forster through the perspectives of his family and best friend. After a freak accident gives Eric extraordinary powers, he saves the lives of countless people, but quickly morphs into something far more menacing and destructive. Veteran comics scribe Arcudi deftly toys with the characters, slowly uncovering their pasts through a series of nested flashbacks. Snejbjerg's delica...more
Michelle Cristiani
A very good take on what happens when a regular Joe gets superpowers. I wanted to know what happened, but the story didn't move me as much as I wanted it to. The problem with humans, says the super-guy, is that they're always asking why. I guess it's supposed to be clear that we'll never get the answers we seek. But the human in me asking 'why' didn't feel I got enough. Maybe that is the brilliance of it, but I'm too human to understand.

The animation was ok, but extremely gory. Again, that could...more
Oscar Salas
A pesar de estar muy bien narrado e ilustrado, el conjunto peca de pretencioso y pierde el norte sobre la mitad. No es de extrañar, en cualquier caso, pues su premisa es compleja y arriesgada, en la medida que intenta explorar lo que ocurre al interior de una mente humana que, de un dia para otro, se convierte en Dios.
Hay mucho gore puesto sin disimulo para mostrar "madurez"; hay muchas tramas que se tuercen convenientemente para que la historia funcione. Es cierto que busca relatar la historia...more
TJ Norris
Dark story, but it ultimately fell flat with me. The storyline turns dark rather suddenly and unconvincingly. The ending doesn't have any real conclusion to it either. I liked the art style though.
Steve
Read this one in the library today. It's the story of a man, Eric, who attains the power of a god. How this happens is not explained. So the story is more about how that power changes Eric. We see acceptance and Eric trying to fit that power into his belief system. For Eric that is first a gift from god, to comparisons to Jesus, then to being god, and finally something beyond our comprehension and understanding. His friends and family have to deal as well. Not really sure why Eric had to beat hi...more
Steven
Arcudi does not present any easy answers in this skewed look at Eric, a human being — complete with flaws and possible delusions of grandeur — who is suddenly and mysteriously granted superpowers. The story is told from the perspective of his best friend, Sam, another person who is all too human. Snejbjerg matches Arcudi's story with panels and pages filled with just enough darkness as they reach the tragic climax. What happens when a regular person is given powers beyond that of human beings? A...more
Jason Page
This is one of those books that stays with you long after you've finished it. I've found myself randomly thinking about some of the moral dilema's presented here involving friendship, family, and the people you love. The story focuses on the lives of two brothers and there best friend. When one of the brother's becomes the first man on earth to possess god like powers he initially chooses to use his new found abilities to help everyone around him. As absolute power begins to corrupt him the sto...more
Alex
The deconstruction of the superhero, as seen from close friends and family. This is an excellent alternative take on the now omnipresent heroes in the comics landscape. What happens when a normal human being gains supernatural powers? And more importantly, what happens to their life and those who love them? And if power corrupts, what do superpowers do?
Gorgeous artwork that really works with the pacing of the story, though it is extremely graphic in a lot of places. Overall, an excellent humanis...more
Sophie
The story of a man who one day acquires mysterious superpowers. He quickly changes from hero to villain, though, and his friends and family are torn apart in the process.

It's an interesting story and not a bad book, but for me it all happened a bit too fast. The idea that superpowers might lead to feeling disconnected and above humanity is nothing new, and it's an idea that's understandable and worth thinking about, but Eric as a character didn't work for me as, say, Dr Manhattan did in Watchmen...more
Gord
What a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting to have my mind blown *pow* *pow* *pow* like I just did. Not sure what I was expecting but by the end I just experienced a refreshing , humanistic take on the super-hero genre. The story asks the reader the same questions that appear in the story and it just lingers and evolves your perspective. Its one of those stories when you get to the end , you re-visit in your head trying to absorb how much just happened. I highly recommend if you're looking fo...more
Jeremy
moral: meta superhero stuff is hard to write.
Alex Sarll
For a book I'd never heard of by a writer who's never really caught my attention, parts of this - early on, when it's a less lonely Unbreakable - are bloody good. It takes the standard 'man given great powers' starting point, but then approaches it without getting referential, without nodding to this or that superhero trope - it just sees what might happen. Later on things get a bit less idiosyncratic; the route may have been different, but the second half still seems overly familiar. Still, it...more
Joey Heflich
I really don't have much to say about this one. As these stories go, it was better than average.
Zoli
What would you do if you came to power all of a sudden, unbelievable power that would enable you to do good things? Or what you thought for good things. And what would happen if at some point you didn't feel understood anymore, with a growing distance between you and the rest of mankind? Knowing that you could do whatever you wanted to, or at least thinking you could do whatever you wanted to without any consequences? "A God Somewhere" tells exactly this story in a very impressive way that's wor...more
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