Warren Ellis

All posts tagged Warren Ellis

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Injection (v.1 & 2)

Story by . . . . Warren Ellis
Art by . . . . . . Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire

From Brant (v.1):

I don’t like the synopsis I found, So here is my best shot:

In the wake of a partnership between industry and the government, the former members of  “Cultural Cross-Contamination Unit” discover that their mysterious legacy project, The Injection, breaks the rules of normal science and space to reach out and alter reality. As the members of the group each experience this revelation in different ways erstwhile CCCU leader Maria Killbride is recruited to investigate an apparent manifestation of ancient folklore come to life while the other former members of her group are forced to reckon with their past. This volume collects issues #1-5.

From Goodreads (v.2):

Consulting detective Vivek Headland tackles a case involving a stolen ghost, but when human deli meat causes him to call for help the details of his investigation reveal a new battleground between humanity and The Injection.

Brant Again:

Surely some our pre-episode Bond conversation infiltrated the podscast but otherwise we discuss the complexity of Ellis and the sheer talent of Shalvey and Bellaire. We make some obvious connections/comparisons/contrasts between Ellis and Grant Morrison while talking about how this book might be Ellis at his most balanced best. Threats between Toby and Joe occur which is really par for the course but are part of the opening so it felt necessary to acknowledge. The very knowing and observational Mike Gillis joins us from Radio vs. The Martians! Hopefully we didn’t chase him away forever. Fun!

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin and special guest Mike Gillis from the podcast Radio vs. The Martians. On our next episode we will be reading The Spire

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Supreme: Blue Rose

Story by . . . . . . Warren Ellis
Art by . . . . . . . . Tula Lotay

From Goodreads:

…Supreme: Blue Rose re-introduces the central Image Comics character Supreme, in a multi-layered and often hallucinatory mystery presented by New York Times bestselling writer Warren Ellis and acclaimed new artist Tula Lotay in her astonishing graphic novel debut.

Brant says:

We work our way through an entire episode looking to express how Warren Ellis and other brit comic authors make us feel as we rave about Tula Lotay’s art and argue just how well we actually understood this book. We struggle to make Joe talk into his mic and we wax about Alan Moore in a positive light as we wonder how the hell Rob Leifeld ever convinced him to be involved in this property’s history that Ellis so capably takes on in his own intense way.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, Kit DeForge and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Lucky Penny.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

 

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Moon Knight, Vol. 1: From the Dead, written by Warren Ellis with art by Declan Shalvey and colors by Jordie Bellaire. The latest in a string of semi-reboots for Moon Knight, this series features six stand-alone stories which redefine the character.

The art and colors in this series are, frankly, amazing—well worth the read whether you know or care about Moon Knight as a character. That Ellis provides six outstanding stories on top of that is simply icing on the cake.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Alias, Kraven’s Last Hunt, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Space Usagi, and Reyn for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Alias.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Adam Panshin

nextwave

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., created by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen. Nextwave is a 12-issue series that ran between 2006 and 2007. It follows the adventures of the Nextwave team as they combat the villainous plans of H.A.T.E.—Nextwave’s former employer—and their shadowy backer, a terrorist organization known as S.I.L.E.N.T. operating under a legit pseudonym as The Beyond Corporation.

It is a crazy, fun, satirical look at superheroes and some of the parts of the Marvel universe you don’t see in the pages of more serious comics. It features incredibly vibrant colors, dynamic action, and wild amounts of humor. It’s a stand-out book from this period in comics, and one of Warren Ellis’s finest works.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Avengers Forever, Sex Criminals, Batman and Robin, Vol. 1-3 (Morrison), Prince of Cats, and Avengers Arena for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Avengers Forever.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Brant Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.

planetary

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Planetary, by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday. Release between 1999 and 2009 and running for a staggering 27 issues, Planetary is one of Ellis’ master works. Nominally set in the Wildstorm comics universe, it is the story of Elijah Snow—one of the Century Babies: a group of apparently immortal superhumans all born on January 1, 1900—and the Planetary Organization, a group of crypto-archeologists dedicated to uncovering the secret history of the 20th Century.

Planetary is in many ways an attempt to make sense of a century of popular media. It makes frequent references to other works, including numerous characters from DC and Marvel, as well as Kaiju films, 50s B-movies, various stories and characters from the pulp magazines, and many more. It is also an exemplary supers story in and of itself, and expands upon the ideas Ellis presented in his two other notable Wildstorm works, Stormwatch and The Authority.

We encourage our listeners to share your own thoughts and discuss this week’s book either as a comment on our website, or on our Facebook page.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Luthor Strode Vol. 1 & 2, Boba Fett: Death, Lies, and Treachery, Superman/Shazam: First Thunder, Mouse Guard, and Samurai Cat #1-3 for discussion, and our selected title is Mouse Guard. We will be reading the collected volumes of Fall, Winter, and The Black Axe, as well as the Spring one-shot issue.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Matt McGinnis, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

authority

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is The Authority, by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch. An important touchstone of modern comics, The Authority is the banner example of the “widescreen comics” movement of the late 90s and early 00s which massively influenced the style and tone of super-hero comics of the last decade (and directly inspired the creation of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe).

Following directly from Ellis’s run on StormwatchThe Authority is a story which explores the idea of  a JLA-like group stripped of many of the genre conventions we typically associate with super-heroes, and is in many ways a reaction to Grant Morrison’s then-recent work on Justice League of America. It stands as an important work in the canon of super-hero comics, and it’s a great read to boot.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Outsiders, Vol. 1: Looking for Trouble, Supermarket, The Hedge Knight, Thunderbolts, Vol. 1, Azumanga Daioh, and Lazarus for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Supermarket.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Adam Panshin, Tobiah Panshin, Matt McGinnis, and Cade Reynolds.

 

Hosts: Joe Preti, Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Cade Reynolds

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