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Comic Book / A God Somewhere

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A God Somewhere is a 2010 graphic novel by John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg which deconstructs the idea of the real-life superhero. It tells the story of Eric Forster, who is discovered to be the first human being with superpowers after he survives an explosion in his apartment building. After using his new powers to rescue other survivors in full view of TV cameras, Eric becomes an immediate sensation. Things go downhill from there.

This graphic novel provides examples of:

  • A God Am I: Discovering his powers causes Eric to become more religious than he already was, believing he has been chosen to act as God's messenger in a manner reminiscent to the Biblical Samson or Jesus. This quickly develops into megalomania as Eric starts regarding himself as an actual god and decides that regular humans are far, far beneath him.
  • Beware the Superman: Eric becomes this for the United States after he goes berserk and tears through town after town for three years.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Eric has been defeated, but he went on a rampage of death and destruction across the U.S. for three years before he was put down. The friends he left behind continue to be negatively affected by his actions; Alma, who was raped by Eric, suffers from PTSD and remains adverse to any physical contact from males, Hugh remains as a quadriplegic, and Sam abandons his journalism career.
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  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: The more Eric regards himself as a god, the more he takes this view of the rest of humanity as contemptible toys and decides to break them.
  • Cain and Abel: Eric's Cain to Hugh's Abel. Though fortunately for Hugh, he doesn't end up getting killed.
  • Dark Messiah: Eric becomes this for a cult after his death who take on his appearance and commit brutality against others to emulate Eric's own vicious amorality.
  • Implacable Man: Eric generally tears through whatever comes at him to the point only a military issue laser cannon designed to kill him was the only thing shown to be able to do him harm.
  • Mook Horror Show: U.S. Soldiers are shown being torn apart, smashed, and ripped to shreds by Eric in gory detail.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Eric naturally creates a telekinetic "barrier" around himself , protecting them from physical damage. Emphasis on the "nigh" in this case; he is injured at various points by attacks he doesn't see coming like the military laser cannon.
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  • Person of Mass Destruction: In the final act, Eric becomes so powerful that he can lay waste to entire towns by himself. A government declaration was even ratified that the entire country would declare war against him as a national-level threat.
  • Psychic Powers: Telekinesis, which is explained how Eric can control objects without touching them and render himself impervious to damage without the trappings of superhuman durability that would make soft human organs inoperable.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Once Eric realizes the people he wants to save so desperately fear him because of his power he goes completely manic and decides to treat people as ants to be squashed under his whims. His first act was to cripple his brother Hugh and brutally rape Hugh's wife Alma.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Eric is finally brought down once the military brings in a powerful laser canon, the moment the first shot tears his right leg apart he panics at feeling pain for the first time in a long time. The once near-invincible man is left crawling in fear and desperation as the soldiers blast him again and again.
  • What Is Evil?: When called out for raping his sister-in-law and crippling his brother, Eric justifies his actions by saying "Wrong is just a word people made up. It has nothing to do with the real world."
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The more of his power Eric manages to access, the more his sanity takes a downhill drop.