Graphic novel review: Wildstorm's A God Somewhere

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The inexplicable event is seen by Eric, and those around him, not as commonplace or happenstance, but rather as a miracle. As a gift. He’s been granted power like none have ever seen. But capes, cowls and supervillains don’t await the young Eric. There’s no Lex Luthor to his Superman, no Joker to his Batman. While it pays homage to superheroes and their commercial success, the story is one based as far in reality as possible for a graphic novel of its type.

Eric soon finds that his newfound power awakens a thirst inside of him: a thirst for more. A thirst which may ultimately destroy him – and all those he loves. If the Army doesn’t first.

Because let’s face it: in the real world, if a man survived a meteor to the face, started flying and claimed he’d become a god, there would be no tights. There would be no capes. There’d be a War on Terror. (Or, at best, a show in Vegas.)

Eric goes from modern day “superhero” to the only individual the U.S. Army’s ever declared war upon, Arcudi presenting the case from each of the novel's main characters. Eric's rise and fall is witnessed and experienced by his brother, his sister-in-law and best friend -- and most importantly, you. The writer, in conjunction with Snejbejerg, finds the perfect balance between show and tell.

Somewhere is the perfect marriage of art and written word, a testament to comic-creating passion that's evident from page one. At a worthy retail of $24.99 , the novel continues the tradition of what Hollywood’s undoubtedly taken notice of: astounding imagery and storytelling umph. So take a chance and gobble it up before Hollywood does. You know what they say:

The book’s always better than the movie.

As I left my mother’s womb in December  of '84, I’m fairly certain I was only crying because I’d missed so many issues of Uncanny X-Men.

I am a comic fan.

And while most of you out there may not treat every Wednesday like a mini-holiday (it’s new comic day), it’s safe to say that anyone reading this has been exposed to radiation (be it cosmic, gamma or Joan Rivers-related) — or that they've experienced a good ol’ fashioned cape ‘n cowl brawl (possibly Joan Rivers-related.) At least via Hollywood.

Still, it doesn’t matter how many people loved Kick AssThe Dark Knight or Iron Man 2. Very few movie-goers will google comic shops in their area just because they liked (for some reason) Christian Bale’s Batman or Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for two hours of your time and $9.50+?

The answer is obvious: A God Somewhere, Wildstorm’s new graphic novel written by The Mask co-creator John Arcudi and illustrated by Starman’s Peter Snejbjerg. At 200 pages, it’s a story of friendship and godhood found, lost, found, lost — and found again.

The story follows four characters: brothers Eric and Hugh, his wife Alma and their best friend Sam. After a cleverly subtle foreshadowing of events, Eric is given god-like superpowers courtesy of a meteor that crashes into his apartment building. In true superhero fashion, Eric is unscathed – and uses his newfound power to rescue other survivors. Naked. (Because who keeps spandex in their closet?)

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