Trees #8

May. 18th, 2015 02:46 pm
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"The set-up of TREES itself, where the Trees are more of a pressure than an actor, allows me to write a certain kind of novelistic fiction, where I can assemble several kinds of stories under a theme and setting and have it make some kind of connective sense. It might be my John Brunner THE SHEEP LOOK UP/STAND ON ZANZIBAR phase, I don’t know." -- Warren Ellis

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"Oh, I read all about these characters in the 1990s, when I was doing my superhero-comics research in order to fulfill work offers from Marvel back then. I had to learn all about superhero fiction. That's why PLANETARY happened -- I needed to download it all out of my head again. But those early characters that have since fallen into the public domain always amused me, probably because they were so close to the pulp origins of the form, and retained that kind of crazy rawness to them." -- Warren Ellis

Ellis and artist Colton Worley bring us their take on various Golden Age public domain superheroes: The Black Terror, Lady Satan, and others...

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'Superman, then, is the agent of modern fable — the most compelling fable the 20th Century gave us. Soap opera is unworthy of him, and, as has been proved many times, is not big enough to contain him and the central concepts of his story. At the heart of myth and legend is Romance. That is not the same as the weak, whiny demands of soap opera that begin with “characterisation” and crap on with demands for ever more levels of “conflict”, “jeopardy”, “ensemble writing”, “tight continuity” and all the rest of that bollocks. These things are unimportant. Many of them just completely get in the way of the job at hand. SUPERMAN requires only the sweep and invention and vision that myth demands, and the artistry and directness and clean hands that Romance requires.' -- Warren Ellis

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Captain America and the Mighty Avengers has been incorporating elements of Nextwave, which has endured for ten years in a sort of semi-canon limbo. For those of you newer to comics, who have never read or even never heard of Nextwave, here's a few scans from the first storyline.

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Nextwave is absolutely brilliant. They've collected the entire series on Amazon, so do yourself a favor and get it now!

7 pages of 22 from issue 1, 7 1/3 pages from issue 2.
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"Of course, I wasn’t out to write a straight superhero story of any kind." -- Warren Ellis

'Recursive human pupa' )
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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

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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

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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

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