SUPERGOD: An Introduction

August 20th, 2009 | researchmaterial

I wrote an introductory essay of sorts to SUPERGOD for Previews:

….there’s still that little scratchy voice in the middle of the night: I don’t want to be alone. I want there to be something bigger, something that moves in mysterious ways and wants only the best for us. And I will forgive it, the disgusting state of this world, and all the things in it that want to crush and kill me, and have faith that something incredible and invisible and unknowable will make things better. And so (in SUPERGOD), just to make sure, I will build it and keep it by me. I will pretend it’s a weapon, a defensive capability, a computing object or a construction machine – but really it is a Messiah.

But the Messiah, remember, is a very naughty boy.

And here’s my favourite page from #1:

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25 Responses to “SUPERGOD: An Introduction”

  1. I have to say it. Kirby Lives!

  2. Dahyum!! But I wonder … um… where are their left hands headed — or holding?

  3. I love the essay and the excerpts. Just as I idly wondered if BLACK SUMMER secretly contributed to the fall of George W. Bush, I’m oddly hoping SUPERGOD will cause American religious fundamentalists to either have their heads explode or to permanently lose control of their bowel movements.

  4. Shit. Armageddon is about to begin. And here I thought comics were harmless, they’re the fucking harbingers of fucking doom.

  5. A cult of mad scientists jerking-off in submission to a Super-Hero Messiah? I’m in!

  6. Mike: *Of course* the guys in lab coats are masturbating at the feet of their mushroom-legged industrial god. Remember where you are, man!

  7. This comic is going to be even more amazing than No Heros. I can just feel it.

    Also, just noticed the scientists lack of pants in the second panel. Now I just find myself wondering what that is about…

  8. Mmmm the atheism is strong with this one yyesss!

    I wonder how many times its gone from us making something to try and protect ourselves from ourselves to another excuse at mass murder.

    I’m going to sit back and hope megareactor budda over their ignores me while I laugh at the world burning.

  9. I wouldn’t have noticed the pants-down hands-in thing if you bastards hadn’t pointed it out. That makes this all kinds of disturbing.

  10. Soooo….any news on when it’s coming out?

  11. I wish that I could say something witty as the rest of my fellows have, but all I can do is to try and put into words my admiration for your worK (also, just wondering, what is it like to have somany people standing in awe of your work, I mean do you get off on it or what?). This kind of comic is just the kind of thing I needed today, after hearing the extremley depresing resultes of that pannel that is giveing NASA a much needed reality check. Since I have had the missfortune to be born into a barbaric type 0 civ. this will have to tide me over. Thanks! : )

  12. Gahhh! did not use spell check! X o

  13. “I wouldn’t have noticed the pants-down hands-in thing if you bastards hadn’t pointed it out. That makes this all kinds of disturbing.”

    I actually go in to every situation expecting somebody is masturbating, this is just one of the more obvious cases. See, if you saw things through my eyes you might have guessed that I was masturbating while I typed this, and boy would you be right.

  14. [best Darth Vader voice] “I find your lack of pants disturbing.”

    Great essay; in the end, “superhuman” is still just a subset of “inhuman”. Also I believe the original source of the “Every angel is terrifying” quote is a Rilke poem.

  15. Another person here who started off thinking they were just genuflecting :D

    Can’t wait to read it.

  16. >>>Mike: *Of course* the guys in lab coats are masturbating at the feet of their mushroom-legged industrial god. Remember where you are, man!

    But there’s no tubes to capture the manjuice!

    Face it, if *you* were facing that, wouldn’t *you* grab hold of your balls too? Just to keep them from withdrawing entirely into your abdomen?!

  17. Hell yeah I’ll be all carpe scrotum. Religious worship wouldn’t feel right without /somebody/ touching my balls.

  18. I just finished reading “The One” by Veitch and can’t wait to read this.

  19. Brilliant! Love the pants down around the ankles…

  20. a cada página nova, a ansiedade de nós brasileiros aumenta!!

  21. Another interesting little ditty from Mr. Ellis, however, one thing. “But the Messiah, remember, is a very naughty boy”
    If these entities are in fact not human, then why would they have emotions to be able to express “Naughtiness”? For that matter, How could a human write a story about a superhuman entity when said superhuman entity’s thoughts and motivations are beyond the human writer’s abilities to understand (do they even have “thoughts”?), and isn’t the term “Superhuman” itself an oxymoron… Anyhoo. Love your stuff, will definitely pick up, as I have all your other Avatar product.

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  23. My main problem is, stopping at 5 issues.

    I would hope the first five would set up a more detailed, traditional narrative to follow. Sadly, I am one who feels that the only real flaw with this book (1-5 miniseries) was conceiving of it AS a mini-series.

    Far more than Black Summer or No Hero, this is a dense narrative that could easily flow for several more issues. If the world does not “end” as the conclusion of the narrative, there are many places to take it using the first five as part (or whole) of a first act.

    Just the degree to a gorgeously drawn and complexly written narrative seems to be vexing so many fans indicates there is something noteworthy (relative to the melange of comic book mediocrity filling retailer shelves) happening in this book.

    I am sad Ellis will undoubtedly stick to his guns on this one and keep it only five issues.

  24. It’s not a traditional narrative. Simple as that.

  25. Ok, so 1-3 were amazing…very excited for 4-5.