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.
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.