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"It is science fiction, tales of horror, strange crime fiction, techno-thriller and ghost story all at the same time. A serialised sequence of graphic novels about how loud and strange the world is getting, about the wild future and the haunted past all crashing into the present day at once, and five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the growing weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection." -- Warren Ellis

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So Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's Injection #5 hit this week, and I think it's...finished? Without spoiling anything, from the story as shown in #5 it is very hard to tell - the immediate plot is wrapped up, but there are also seeds sown for possible future story arcs. Ellis' style is usually executed in 6-12-chapter stories that end somewhat abruptly; but then again, he's gone outside of that with Planetary in the past and Trees currently. Image's website and solicitations do not clear up the matter at all.

In the meantime, though, as a Comp. Lit. graduate, I thought I'd point out some things I noticed.

But First: What Is A 'Couch Tomato', You Ask? )
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'There's only so many times I can say "folklore is the operating system of culture" before people start expecting me to conclude my talks by turning into a flock of crows and flapping out the nearest window, in any case.' -- Warren Ellis

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"There’s a deep strangeness to Holmes that rarely makes it out into adaptations. One of the first mentions of Holmes made to Dr John Watson — a war veteran with a dodgy left arm — describes a lunatic at loose in a morgue, whacking corpses with a big stick to see if people bruise after death. The walls of his disgusting rooms are slathered yellow from the hundreds of tobacco products he’s lit and let burn out there so that he can study and catalogue the peculiarities of their ashes.

"In an early CSI, William Petersen is found whacking a fake head filled with fake blood with a rebar to observe blood-spatter. In the first MONK, Tony Shalhoub sniffs a curtain and can tell that someone was standing next to it smoking Newports. These are the same gags, minus that certain berserk intensity. He may not have been the first fictional detective, but he invented everything in the genre you see today."
-- Warren Ellis

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"Injection is very heavily about the sort of things I've been discussing in my talks at conferences of late, the connections between deep history and the future, between folklore and technology, the ways in which the present moment is haunted by the future as well as the past." -- Warren Ellis

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"He changes clothes a lot, depending on the gig. You know, like everybody does. There is no tactical advantage to showing up to every single situation in a giant air-scoop cape." -- Warren Ellis

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'You can get really weird. Also, you can provide, as an entire plotline, the sentence "punching ghosts" and nobody really bats an eyelid. Today's job is "mushroom dream attack." I get paid for this, you know.' -- Warren Ellis on working in the Marvel universe

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"I'm aware that I can't really go to the big muscular takes of people like Charlie Huston or Brian Bendis -- those pieces have their own DNA, and people would recognize a cheap clone a mile off. My touchstone has been the original run by the character's creator, Doug Moench, through the Sienkiewicz collaborations up to the top of Kevin Nowlan's debut as artist." -- Warren Ellis

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"I thought it would be amusing to provide a book that could be entered at any point and still give the reader a complete experience. Which goes against the grain a bit, because the modern commercial-comics reader has been very much entrained to expect long arcs rather than singles. I’m sure there are plenty of complaints out there about the lack of character arcs or long stories. But the book is still getting bought and reordered. So I guess we found an audience after all." -- Warren Ellis

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"The man is demented in more interesting ways than I think Batman ever was. [His] cape is actually a crescent moon and he goes out only at night and dresses in reflective white so you can see him coming. Now that’s nuts... I like that." -- Warren Ellis

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'Part of what I do for Marvel is that "Planetary"-like process of scraping back the accumulated barnacles on a property in order to show what excited people about it in the first place. With "Moon Knight," that was an easy thing: the redemptive arc, the multiple facets of the character, the intervention of ancient gods, and madness.' -- Warren Ellis

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Greetings True Believers!

Here is Cain Marko's story from the Fear Itself: The Worthy one-shot.

I enjoyed it and I hope you do too.

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