Batman Confidential #1

Batman Confidential #1

Feb 2007 | DC

Writing: Andy Diggle
Pencils: Whilce Portacio
Ink: Richard Friend
Colour: David Baron
Letters: Travis Lanham

Rules of Engagement. Part One

Batman’s been on the beat for a year and frustrated with the results of his actions having low impact. Meanwhile, Bruce and Lex Luthor bid for a defense deparment contract. Problems ensue when one of Wayneteck’s O.G.R.E’s goes ape.

I started in on this series after reading the Batman Year One TPB which rekindled my love for Batman and Gotham City. The title for this series had intrigued me, so here I am.

At first glance, I can’t say that the cover grabbed me in any way, other than the art looked really odd to me, along with the design. I can’t say I recognize the artist from anything else I’ve read. As I started in on the book, I found the art to be a bit off-putting. I’m not going to say that it is absolutely dreadful, but I really think everyone looks ugly, and there are several frames that look really funky. I mean, really funky. But aside from that, the writing is rather good and kept my interest throughout.

I like it when supers fail. In fact, I like it when any hero fails. I get really sick of the ‘good guys always win all the time’ scenarios and to open the book with a fail and his frustrations that what he’s doing just isn’t going deep enough, it really sucked me in. I liked seeing him angry and dark. He’s Batman. He’s badass.

Your life could end here, now, and nobody would ever know. Would anyone even miss you? Tell me, what’s your life worth, punk… ?

Lex Luthor is also a favorite villain of mine, and I was very ecstatic to see him in this. I’m curious if he has anything to do the robot going haywire, or if it’s someone else.

I’m going to keep going with this and hope the story keeps holding my interest. Seeing a giant robot attack Gotham should be good.

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.

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.

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.

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