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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Global Frequency #2

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Jan 2003 | Wildstorm

Created By: Warren Ellis
Writing: Warren Ellis
Art: Glenn Fabry
Ink: Glenn Fabry | Lian Sharp
Colour: David Baron
Letters: Michael Heisler

Big Wheel

The Global Frequency gets called to deal with an insane bionic man at project Big Wheel, Nevada before his killing spree spreads to a larger population.

That bionic man is so grotesquely beautiful. What a great bit of shocking imagery to give me the warm fuzzies like a good horror film. And it’s no wonder the man went insane. He looks like something way beyond freak. When it was described that he could feel the metal bits scraping inside him, it made my skin crawl.

They took my genitals away. Can you make that better?

There’s a wire in my brain that simulates sexual pleasure when I kill people.

That’s all I have now.

I still love this. The writing, the art, the stories, all of it really excite me and it’s hard not to just sit down and read all of it, flooding Super Nice with my ravings.

There’s just one issue that I’ve had, and that’s the death count of Global Frequency members. Yes, these situations are dire, but the people involved seem way to eager to sacrifice themselves. , It almost seems a little too much like forcing the darkness. Heroes should still die to be heroes, but if this keeps up, I’ll grow numb to their death impacts.

Global Frequency #1

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Dec 2002 | Wildstorm

Created By: Warren Ellis
Writing: Warren Ellis
Art: Garry Leach
Colour: David Baron
Letters: Michael Heisler

There are 1001 member of Global Frequency, a worldwide independent organization aimed at dealing with terrible events beyond the capabilities and knowledge of others.

This first deals with a weapon devised during the cold war that has been since long forgotten, until the main piece begins rotting in the brain of it’s deliverer.

This is my third time re-reading this series, and it’s still good. Nice art, an unusual problem, and what a great concept for a global organization. And for being independent, they’re super organized. I like how all the members are everyday people with skills and resources valuable to the whole and what good teamwork they have. I really think this could be a good television series, if done right.

This will be a nice relaxing refresher as I trudge through the other sludge on my reading list waiting for the good stuff.

I still want my own jacket.

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