Global Frequency #3

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Feb 2003 | Wildstorm

Writing: Warren Ellis
Art: Steve Dillon
Colour: David Baron
Letters: Michael Heisler

Invasive

An alien virus is accidentally downloaded to a Seti@Home volunteer’s computer and spreads in a pattern down the street. It rapidly rewrites human minds altering their behaviors and causing bleeding from the eyes. The infected, under alien control, do all they can to ensure their survival, even killing a couple cops and infecting another. They’re working fast on means to spread the infection through radio waves. The Global Frequency is called in to deal with crisis before it spreads any further and they only have seven minutes to write and execute an antivirus. When the virus itself describes an alien civilization in every detail, how can you negate it?

I wasn’t really expecting this type of story -some strange alien virus trying to reprogram the world. It seemed a bit off from what I’ve already read. My thoughts changed, though by the time I reached the end of it. It all worked out fine. The fact our heroine happened to be gay (or bisexual) was a nice touch. It made the whole outcome so much more sweeter and beautiful. And as always, Ellis’ writing is fantastic as well as Dillon’s art.

I really like how episodic this series is which each issue being it own self-contained story, but with small elements of a bigger picture in each. It makes it very digestible, especially for me who reads quite a large amount of books. It’s easy for me to forget what’s going on in books I haven’t read recently.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Global Frequency ends up with any oppositional problems. I s’pose we shall see.

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