Global Frequency #3

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Feb 2003 | Wildstorm

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


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.


Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #6

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Jan 2006 | Broadsword

Created By: Jim Balent
Writing: Jim Balent
Art: Jim Balent
Colour: Holly Golightly | Nicki Riebel | Lauren Sabia | Hillary Nelson
Letters: Holly Golightly

Ghoulish Intentions

Boo Cat’s friend is hurt and she needs Tarot’s help to heal her, but it seems the two of them have a history together and Tarot isn’t very eager to help.

Licorice Dust. Add that to the list of ridiculously named characters in this book. And don’t forget Boo Cat while you’re at it. And really, who the heck sleeps like that? Tarot looks like a porn star in heat. Ugh. Even the fan service is bad.

Drop those bones! For I am the Skeleton Man..

I am actually amazed how stupid this book is. Every time I read, some new unbelievably stupid thing happens. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know how Jim does it. When I think things couldn’t get any worse, BAM!

Vampire?! Wow, that could have been dangerous! I don’t have anything to fight a vampire with! I’m glad she left!

Like I said. BAM!

Oh, and those spiders covering Licrorice Dust’s nipples are real spiders. You’d think they would have been squashed by now, but whatever. This is Tarot, after all.

I’m too tired and hungry to write any more about this, so that’s that.

I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!! #2

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Jul 2008 | Platinum Studios

Everything: Megan Rose Gedris

Susan’s with the pirates and they’re planning a bank heist. Enter Male Man, a super hero that happens to work at that bank, but arrives too late. After a successful heist, the ship crashes.

For whatever strange reason, I decided to read this. My overall opinion hasn’t changed. The inconsistencies of the art still bug mere. Here we have an attempt to capture an old style that switches back and forth from looking decent enough to morphing into what ends up looking like funky manga.

There were a couple moments that made me smile which was a lot more than the previous issue could achieve. The first moment involved Susan shooting holes through two of the pirates hair. The second moment was Susan validating the crime at the promise of shoe shopping.

I still don’t like it. If the comedy could have more of an effect on me, it’d be different.

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