Comic Book / The Ten-Seconders

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"Do we not hear anything yet of the noise of the gravediggers who are burying God? Do we not smell anything yet of God's decomposition? Gods too decompose."

If you meet a 'God' you expect to just last ten seconds, correct? I only counted to eight.
Hero

The Ten-Seconders is a comic series in the British comics anthology 2000 AD written by Rob Williams. It first appeared in 2000 AD #1469 (January, 2006).

The series is set in a post-apocalyptic world where super-powered beings, called "Gods", have destroyed human civilization and taken over the planet. The few humans who oppose the "Gods" are dubbed "Ten-Seconders", because that is how long they are expected to last against their other-worldly enemies.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Beware the Superman: A group of aliens crash-landed on Earth to escape a greater threat and posed as godlike superheroes to rule over humanity. These "Gods" then decided that humans were beneath them and proceed to wipe out their civilization.
  • Cape Busters: The Ten-Seconders are the last humans who can fight the Gods. They get the name from how long they're expected to last in a straight-up fight with these superbeings.
  • Chain Pain: Watchtower executes Hero with the very chain he forged to hold Watchtower captive.
  • Deconstruction: Of super-heroes, and people's belief in them.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Two humans become Gods with their help.
  • Elite Mooks: The Disciples, humans whom the Gods have experimented on. While they have their own powers, they're nothing compared to the actual Gods.
  • Evil Is Petty: Why did the Gods turn on humanity? They were bored.
  • Expy: Many of the Gods take inspiration from popular super-heroes and archetypes.
    • Hero: Superman. Seen as the leader of the Gods, and comes with all the Flying Brick super-powers, as well as his association with light/the sun.
    • Lord Mach: Super Speedster.
    • Damage: Hulk. Incredibly strong, dumb as a rock, very gullible, and deeply emotional.
    • The Scientist: Mister Fantastic. Very inteligent, and possesses the power to stretch and shape himself however he pleases.
    • Kane: Batman. Despite his lack of powers, he takes down Gods through well-constructed planning. Oddly, eschews high-tech weaponry for simple tools, such as rifles and C4.
    • Lense: Green Lantern. His armor has a science-fiction aesthetic, and his powers allow him to create green-colored constructs.
    • Arachne: unsurprisingly, Spider-Man. He also possesses a weird sense of humour aimed at his opponents and makes a reference to the "friendly neighbourhood" that the more famous Spidey is so fond of.
  • Meaningful Name: "The Ten-Seconders", as explained above. All of the Gods' names.
  • Mooks: The Followers, humans who obey the will of the Gods. They're the ones who captured The Scientist in the first place.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Scientist left the Gods when he realized their flaws, and seeks to genuinely help humanity, despite being a God himself.
  • Non-Indicative Name: "Hero" is the leader of the Gods, but he's more of a supervillain than a superhero, being a tyrannical maniac who spearheaded the destruction of human civilization and keeps at least one of his fellow Gods in captivity.
  • No Such Thing as Space Jesus: The Ten-Seconders are shocked to find out that the Gods, despite their super-natural powers and even their title, are simply aliens from another world.
  • Physical God: What the Gods convinced people they were. Turns out, they're just aliens.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Mach is a very depraved take on this; he's a Super Speedster who enjoys raping women and implies that he uses his power to make it as painful as possible.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Damage is a super-strong super-durable rampaging beast, but he's actually very childlike. When he confronts The Scientist, he simply slaps Damage, puts him into time-out, then has him march into the sea on a fool's errand.
  • Putting on the Reich: The Followers of the Gods with their black suits, and their symbol is very similar to the symbol used by the AWB, a white supremacist and neo-nazi group.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Most definitely not. He not only turns Jenny into a God, but gives the Ten-Seconders the best chance they've ever had to rid their world of the Gods once and for all.
  • Rubber Man: The Scientist is able to bend and extend his body as much as he wants. He's an Expy of Reed Richards, after all.
  • Scenery Gorn: There are many panels showing the destruction that the "Gods" wrought on the planet, especially London and New York City.
  • Shooting Superman: Kane tries this on Malloy.
  • Straw Nihilist: Malloy, leader of the Ten-Seconders, throughout much of the series. He was actually training to be a priest before the Gods attacked. By the time the story starts, he's taken up reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra, with his inner-monologue often quoting the book. In the end, after ridding the world of a few Gods, he finally starts to believe again.
  • You Monster!: After The Scientist saves Jennifer from Mach's attempt to rape her, she calls him a disgusting monster before delivering the finishing blow.

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