There’s no writer / blogger / creator whose brain I most try to invade and shamelessly steal from as Warren Ellis.
Since 14 or so, every artistic obsession of mine (what I consume, what I want to create) is rooted in his varied, rich, visceral, staggering career.
Cityscapes, the dirty urban, the sprawling technet, the weird and shimmering PRESENT and all the ways it is tense, convulsing, reaching.
Rant over — but his scribblings over at are so beyond worth subjecting your eyeballs and feeble brains to.
Time for Dr Whisky and re-reading FreakAngels. Gnight dearest comrades.
Dead Pig Collector by Warren Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I found this Kindle single, a bit to my surprise, thoroughly enjoyable. Ellis’s unique style is always incredibly satisfying to me, and it continues to work well even in this bite-sized variety. It’s probably a good thing when my biggest complaint is that it runs so short and I wanted to enjoy this peek of a very dark protagonist a great deal longer. It may be for the best, though, as the grotesque and compelling sheen might have worn off a bit with too much exposure.
Ellis made his name in graphic novels and it shows here; he’s an adept storyteller and knows how to write in a shorter, ready-to-be-serialized mode. One is tempted to ask when the graphic novel adaptation can be expected–I do think a series of vignettes (perhaps not of this exact character, but the world hinted at) would an extremely seductive volume.
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DMZ Vol. 4: Friendly Fire by Brian Wood
rating: 5 of 5 stars
Absolutely incredible addition to the series. Woods’ writing has gone to a new level and per usual the artwork is tight, gritty and immersing. To use a cliche, DMZ continues to pull no punches: War Is Hell. It’s hard to find any work that has more wholly walked so satisfyingly away from sentimentality, even when it comes to the horrors of war.
Who is innocent? Is anyone? Who doesn’t have blood on their hands, just, unjust, in between? The confusion and complexities of war, especially a civil one involving the violent American spirit haven’t been portrayed this accurately anywhere else.
This is the kind of work that shows that any medium, from film to graphic novel, is capable of a powerful message and a story that needs to be told.
Highly recommended to everyone. Especially Americans.
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