Friday, December 31, 2010
Best Original Graphic Novel of the Year: A God Somewhere.
This is a strange story. It's the kind of tale I like, the "what if someone with superpowers existed in the actual world?" type of fictional jaunt, and as always, the answer to that question ain't pretty. I didn't read too many original graphic novels this year, but even if I had I still think this would have been high on my list.
The story is about how a regular man named Eric gets powers, helps people, goes insane, and...well I don't want to spoil everything. It's about more than that though. It touches on race (the character we see much of the story through is named Sam and his being black plays a role in the story), what is right and wrong, and...well, it's really hard to describe.
Yes, there are flaws in the story. Eric's motivation for his violent actions is never really made clear as we don't see exactly what he's thinking, the story leaves a lot of questions unanswered (but I think this is intentional), and the way Eric goes from good-guy to dangerous-guy seems quite sudden, but I enjoyed this book so much I was able to look past these issues. This original graphic novel made me think, looked darn good, and was otherwise a great read. Therefore, it is my favorite this year.
5 out of 5 stars.
A God Somewhere if you take my advice and buy this great comic. Amazon seems out of stock though, unfortunately.