Saturday, November 14, 2009

Supergod #1

Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Garrie Gastonny

I think that Warren Ellis has become a genre, just like Jack Kirby has. In twenty or thirty years, people will be publishing comics in this genre, similar to how Joe Casey's Godland mines (and improves) deposits of psychic Kirby.

When other people do start writing in Ellis-ian styles (pay attention Matt Fraction), certain things will have to be present: experimental rockets, alternative histories, and irreverent characters. Those are the essential building blocks. From there, creators will have the freedom to add any number of supplemental story elements - space mushroom spores which create gods (which require of their subjects much masturbation) - that make absolutely no sense on the surface, except that they lead to creative, individualistic comics.

It's interesting to me that, right at the same time that Ellis's work becomes almost routine in its set-up and execution, he begins to dig into some very big topics, such as humanity's need to create god-figures for itself. This comic opens with a British man explaining through a bluetooth device, the history of mankind's efforts to create a super-being, and how incredibly wrong this has all gone. It's a clever comic, adequately drawn by Gastonny. I do look forward to seeing where this is going to go.

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