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"It’s been said, a lot, that the superhero is ad hoc mythmaking for the contemporary era. And a fraught and culture-shocked society needs and demands rescue stories. Look at how both UFO sightings and angel sightings peaked in the run-up to the millennium: a wish to seek and solve the mystery of the Other that might swoop down from the sky to save us." -- Warren Ellis

'Time itself dies screaming.' )
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I thought a lot about which of my favourite characters to include in this post, but ultimately decided that "You never forget your first" and went with MY entry-level X-Man; Kitty Pryde.

I first started buying superhero comics with X-Men 131, which was in the middle of her debut story, against the newly introduced Hellfire Club. She was a gawky teenager, not particularly pretty and she was in over her head with the circumstances and was, frankly and rather refreshingly, not only brave and resourceful, but openly terrified and STILL taking risks to help people she barely new (Which I can always respect). But the X-Men Hellfire Club can be cover in more detail in other posts... if we haven't already... much check on that.

Shadowcat - Mutant, teenager, kickass fighter, good friend and really, REALLY bad enemy to make )
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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

Read more... )
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"One day I woke up with an idea, that came out of nowhere, for how to extend this most strange and storied of 'analogue' properties into a new space. A new floor on top of Alan Moore and Rob Liefeld's house." -- Warren Ellis

Twelve thousand years to see the other side of the road. )

Trees #4

Oct. 16th, 2014 11:38 am
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"TRANSMET seems so long ago! But, no, the time difference isn’t the thing. It’s a different kind of story, with a different atmosphere. TREES is a less frenetic and hysterical book. It’s a slow burn, in a lot of ways, with more complex personalities and relationships." -- Warren Ellis

This means something )
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"The idea is essentially that Liefeld and his collaborators' takes on the property were one way to do superhero comics, and Alan [Moores]'s was another, and mine perhaps combines those while floating the thing up into the thin air of science fiction." -- Warren Ellis

Read more... )

Trees #2-3

Sep. 2nd, 2014 11:28 am
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"All I can say is that, for me, science fiction remains the best tool for a certain kind of social fiction..." -- Warren Ellis

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"I think that last Superman movie felt this, a bit, but couldn’t quite get to it — a Lois Lane story is always more interesting than a Superman story, because mystery, investigation and revelation are more powerful than binary conflict." -- Warren Ellis

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The rum manufacturer Bacardí has hired Warren Ellis and Mike Allred to make a comic about the life of Emilio Bacardí, the former head of the company.

“Storytelling requires great characters, and in Emilio Bacardí we have exactly that. Emilio was a patriot, passionate about his homeland of Cuba. My focus was to bring his drive and determination to life.” - 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

Read more... )
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As requested, some scans from Planetary #1, where a Justice League analogue invades "our" Earth.

Below )

Around 8 pages of 24.
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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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This is the first book to come out under Marvel's new original graphic novel initiative -- completely stand alone stories, in continuity, by big name creators. For this first book, they really tried to pull out all the stops. They even managed to wrangle Warren Ellis not just back to comics but back to a superhero comic.

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a night out at the pub!

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This is an unsual issue in that it has four different pencillers; David Williams, Mike Wieringo, Jeff Moy and Mike Miller, the art shifts are a little jarring at times, and Brian Braddock's hair approaches the hilarious at times, but try not to let that distract you..

Hi-jinks ensue )

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