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.

Thundercats Sourebook

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Art: Ed McGuiness | Jason Martin | Dave Stewart | Dustin Nguyen | Joyce Chin | Carrie Strachan | JJ Kirby | Carlos D’Anda | Alex Sinclair | Joaquim Dos Santos | Humberto Ramos | Ashley Wood | Kaare Andrews | Socar Myles | Jason Pearson | Dan Norton | Tony Avina | Ale Garza | Richard Friend | Chris Walker | Joe Phillips | Dario Brizuela | Jim Lee | Randy Mayor | Long Vo | Charles Park | Uden’s Sako
Text: Ford Lytle Gilmore
Cover: Arthur Adams | Carrie Strachan

This nice little book is a collection of brief bios of the several characters, vehicles, and items making up the Thundercats universe. They serve as a nice refresher to the universe and provide enough information to get those new to series up to speed. Each subject is accompanied by beautiful art by varying artists also making this a nice artbook.

The subjects appearing in this book are as follows:

  • Thundercats (as a group)
  • Tygra
  • Mandora
  • Lunatacs
  • Hachiman
  • Lion-O
  • Mumm-Ra
  • Grune
  • Thunderkittens & Snarf
  • Bengali, Lynx-O & Pumyra
  • Thundertank & Fist Pounder
  • Panthro & Cheetara
  • Ratar-O
  • Mutants & Castle Plundar
  • Lion-O vs Mumm-Ra (Sword of Omens & Sword of Plundarr)
  • Berserkers

This is really just another piece of collector’s swag for any Thundercats fan and hard to recommend as a purchase. It ended up in my collection only as I had everything Thundercats on my pull list at my LCS.

Killapalooza #1

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Jul 2009 | Wildstorm

Lyrics: Adam Beechen
Music: Trevor Hairsine
Letters: Wes Abbott
Colour: Johnny Rench

Chapter 1: A-One-Two-Three-Four

The Claps are a band. They are also clones – clones with superpowers hired out on the black market as assassins. They’ve got one last gig to clear their debts and the job’s from the bad guys.

This is definitely among some of the weirdest things I’ve read. A rock band of clones assassins very touchy when it comes to band matters and that I’m surprised haven’t killed each other. I never would have imagined this coming.

I dig the art. It has a messy style that works well with the rocker theme. It was the cover and title that caused my impulse buy.

When it comes to story, I’m not sure where I stand. The characters are so chaotic and it was very difficult for me to identify them, especially during their first kill. I’d need to re-read it to really cement their identities in my mind. Aside from that, it was interesting enough. The concept behind it all actually works so far. I’m hoping to get a bit more back story, though. I’m really interested in this clone aspect and why they use a band as a cover.

As for the chaos, despite my confusion, I like how you’re just thrust into this book and get caught up in all the rock star chaos along with their other line of work. It really brings the rocker theme home.

The others bands they met in NYC were so typical. I could really see them existing in the real world and being as awful as The Clap say, though with band names like that and they way they dressed there’s no doubt they’re terrible. The way they interacted seemed so spot on and it was pretty funny at times

I’ve no idea if I’m going to continue with this. I don’t hate it. I’m just not sure if rock band cloned assassins are my cup of tea. I have plenty of time to decide before the next issue. Then we’ll see.

Mek #2

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Feb 2003 | Wildstorm

Writing: Warren Ellis
Art: Steve Rolston
Ink: Al Gordon
Colour: David Baron
Letters: Jenna Garcia

Sarissa learns how much Sky Road changed in her absence and learns some shocking information regarding RJ’s death.

It’s nice to see more interesting mek and get that flashback from Sarissa about how she started the Mek cultural movement at Sky Road along with the visit from the black market dealer for further perspective on the movement.

I enjoyed this issue. It wasn’t too exciting, though, being mostly talk about how things changed and a flashback. I’m still entranced with mek and the culture, so I really didn’t mind. This book has an awesome premise.

I’m really interested in seeing how Sarissa takes the shock and what she intends to do. With one remaining I’m afraid it might fizzle out or be too rushed. It’s a fear I always have with short series and one shots. I’m fairly confident I’ll be pleased.

Mek #1

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Jan 2003 | Homage Comics

By: Warren Ellis | Steve Rolston | Al Gordon
Colour Artist: David Baron
Letters: Jenna Garcia

Mek. It’s not just elective cosmetic surgery, but a cultural movement. Glowing neon hair, replaced eyes, limbs, and anything else the user the wants is available, but there’s also bad stuff from other countries, military stuff that has become a lucrative trade over the last few years. Sarissa Leon is a lobbyist working to make it easier to get enhancements without having to turn to bad sources. A friend of her has ended up dead, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

This book has a very cool setting. I love the whole modification culture and seeing all the people’s enhancements. Girls with glowing neon hair, people with animal themed mods like fins on their back, claws, and wings. It’s very cool and if such technology was prolific and readily available to the public, I could see this happening. I really want to see more of the culture and different modifications and hope the next issue obliges.

The story is decent, so far. It’s got the good writing I expect from anything with Ellis’ name attached. It’s a good set-up and grabbed my interest like any first issue or preview should. I’m curious to learn whether or not this RJ chap was into bad things or just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m sure I’ll find out and I’m really looking forward to the rest.

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