Title: A God Somewhere
Author: John Arcudi & Peter Snejbjerg
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Eric, Sam, and Hugh have been best friends since high school. They all look out for each other, even now, in adulthood. When a mysterious explosion rocks Eric’s apartment building, Sam and Hugh are incredibly relieved to discover that Eric has survived the blast seemingly unharmed. But Eric is somehow changed by the explosion – he develops superhero abilities. As the world watches, Eric becomes something that even Sam and Hugh fail to recognize.
I was excited when I received A God Somewhere for review. I’ve been wanting to read more graphic novels and the story of this one sounded very intriguing.
After the explosion, Eric is basically omnipotent. Nothing can hurt him, and he is capable of virtually any physical feat. At first, he tries to help, becoming a hero to the United States. However, the phrase “absolute power corrupts absolutely” was coined for a reason. Eric becomes intoxicated on his power, on his ability to make anything happen. He forgets what it’s like to be human; he is better than everyone else because he has these powers, he reasons. It provokes many questions on the nature of power and God, as well as the motivations behind what we do.
A God Somewhere is a novel that depicts the beauty of friendship and how it can fail, but also how strong those bonds are regardless of the circumstances. Eric, Sam and Hugh truly care for each other and have so much tying them together. Even when Eric commits the most atrocious of acts, Sam and Hugh still care for the man he was. They realize that, while the omnipotent Eric isn’t the one they knew, the person they loved might still exist.
The artwork in A God Somewhere is incredibly vivid. Snejbjerg used vivid colors, even in the most shocking of scenes. The artwork is beautiful, and it’s worth studying every pane. However, there is a small amount nudity and a depressing amount of violence in this book, meticulously depicted by the illustrator. I’d highly encourage you to take a look through this before giving it to a child.
A God Somewhere was an engrossing book that I found very powerful. I appreciated the twist on the superhero story – sometimes power, even in the hands of someone good, can twist a person’s mind and turn them into a monster. It was an incredibly human story and it left me with a lot to think about.