REVIEW: The Wild Storm #5 – Daemons, Cosmonauts and Redemption

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #5 – Daemons, Cosmonauts and Redemption

With The Wild Storm #5, writer Warren Ellis continues the engrossing slow burn that has defined this series so far, and that continues to be no bad thing at all, given how rich the world he’s creating is. If you’re looking for a series that takes seriously the concept of creating a super-hero universe for a realistic modern world (as opposed to thinking that just means being grim and bleak) then you should look no…

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REVIEW: The Wild Storm #2: The Storm Stalls…A Little

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #2: The Storm Stalls…A Little

The Wild Storm #2 has to follow its brilliant first issue, which made the most of hiring writer Warren Ellis as the mastermind for revitalizing the Windstorm Universe for DC Comics. That first issue was a thrilling melding of espionage thrills, transhumanism ideas, and thoroughly contemporary super-heroics. It’s too bad therefore that this second issue spends much of its time on exposition, and worse, exposition between characters that should all already know the info being spouted. The issue…

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BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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REVIEW: The Wild Storm #1 – A Universe Re-Imagined

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #1 – A Universe Re-Imagined

If you’re going to ask a creator to reimagine your universe of characters and concepts, revitalizing them into a going concern that is distinct and unique, then Warren Ellis is one of the best creators in comics to tap. As the driving force behind DC Comics’ The Wild Storm #1, first release in DC’s latest attempt to reboot the Wildstorm Universe, Ellis has harnessed his obsession with cutting edge science-fiction concepts like transhumanism with his…

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REVIEW: James Bond #8 – Bland, James Bland

REVIEW: James Bond #8 – Bland, James Bland

Warren Ellis is a great writer, and a perfect fit to adapt James Bond into comic book form. He’s got a facility with conspiracy and with the kind of fetishistic qualities of the Bond series, both as a film franchise and in the original literary form as written by Ian Fleming. He’s skilled at constructing action set pieces, and is one of the best comic writers around when it comes to structure and shape, especially…

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Cosmic Tales: An Interview with Dan Abnett

Cosmic Tales: An Interview with Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett is a New York Times best-selling author who’s worked in the comics industry for over 20 years. He has contributed to the legacies of some of the biggest characters in comics, and most notably rebooted Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008 alongside frequent collaborator Andy Lanning, a run that laid the groundwork for 2014’s blockbuster by the same name. He has written several novels for the Warhammer 40k universe, Tomb Raider, Doctor Who, as well…

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Image Reunites Ellis and Shalvey for INJECTION in May

Image Reunites Ellis and Shalvey for INJECTION in May

Independent comic book publisher Image Comics has announced the release date for Injection, a new series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey, a creative team who previously worked together on Moon Knight for Marvel Comics. Joining them will be colorist Jordie Bellaire, who was awarded the Eisner Award in 2014 for her work on The Wake. The publisher described the series in a press release as being “set in a dystopian future where the…

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CBTVB: Jerry Bruckheimer Bringing Global Frequency to TV

CBTVB: Jerry Bruckheimer Bringing Global Frequency to TV

Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is joining the trend and is taking on a DC Entertainment property with a pilot production commitment at Fox for Warren Ellis‘ Global Frequency from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. Global Frequency was a 12-issue mini-series of the same name published by DC Comics’ Wildstorm Publications, and centered around a secret global organization that solves crimes by enlisting the services of 1,001 operatives, in a sense crime-fighting by crowd-sourcing. The purpose of the organization…

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REVIEW: “Supreme: Blue Rose #1” Long Title, Longer History

REVIEW: “Supreme: Blue Rose #1” Long Title, Longer History

Warren Ellis has some big shoes to fill. Supreme is a beloved comic book series with a lofty list of accolades behind it. Not only is it headed by one of the best comic book writers of our time (Alan Moore), but it also represents one of the finest accomplishments by that writer, earning him the Eisner award of “Writer of the Year.” It’s a long running series that was eventually ran into the ground…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: “Trees #2” Channels Nothing Happened

ADVANCE REVIEW: “Trees #2” Channels Nothing Happened

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Jason Howard Publisher: Image Comics In 2014, you don’t walk away from a new Warren Ellis comic. You see that there’s a new PT Anderson or Wes Anderson movie, you go see it. You see a new Warren Ellis comic, you go buy it. Certain auteurs just have that legacy of credibility that demands you explore their new work, regardless of subject. If Warren Ellis never wrote another comic book series…

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