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    HUGE PANDIMENSIONAL GARGLEBLASTING SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT

    So it's out today in the USA. Obviously, there will be MASSIVE HUGE HUGENORMOUS SPOILERS because of the nature of the book. Seriously. SPOILERS.

    Thoughts?

    -- W
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      CommentAuthoredkaye
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
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    I'll let you know when I get to the store this weekend. I can never make it in during the week, grr! I'm looking forward to it though.
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      CommentAuthorMrClean
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
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    I found the splash pages without dialogue or captions to be a bit jarring. Each felt like an incomplete transition. However, the succinct explanation provided to the prime minister was interesting and understandable. Not an easy task given the subject matter.

    Why do all the books from Avatar give off an odor that makes me slightly nauseous? I'm not refering to the subject matter, but the actual, physical material.
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      CommentAuthorbschory
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
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    Ow! Ow ow ow ow ow. Was not ready for that, despite how well it was actually explained. Brain was running on dub/ambient/chillout vibes right before I started reading. Feel like the bloody Prime Minister must.

    Absolutely fascinating premise though. Can't wait to see how it develops as we get more information about the whole constellation thing and begin peeking in to more of the invisible worlds.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
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    Giving the Prime Minister the low down was a great way to inform us readers on what's going on, but I had to go back over that scene a couple of times to make sure I got it right....which I think do....maybe.

    Loving Anna's facial expressions, too.
    • CommentAuthorded jed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2008
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    balls-out sci-fi wup-ass. me likee.

    with some tweaking the constellation could resemble the tree of life. is that you Alan Moore?

    mental instability makes her a natural for this complete mind fuck of a job. something that keeps popping up in my work. don't tell daddy.

    you're not gonna leave that "half-constructed" thing just hanging, are you? because what the fuck. (is copious swearing allowed in whitechapel? i do love the f-word)

    i dig the snow globe on Collier's desk while he explains the bubble worlds to the prime minister. tell me that's Nurnhiem.
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      CommentAuthorjoe.distort
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2008 edited
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    you know, i never noticed the "avatar smell" that people have talked about on here until this book. its real! thats all, i left my thoughts in the regular reviews thread.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2008
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    The added smell is why the book costs $1 more than other publishers.

    But I've found it fades away after an initial reading.
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    She's crazy - I like that.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2008
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    Jesus, the art just crackles with energy.

    And I loved the Pear computer.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2008
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    Ha! That's what I was going to say! Pear... hilarious.

    Well that was a hell of an explanation, Mr. Ellis. 9 imaginary planets wha??? I don't quite think I love this, but it could maybe be great, I guess... potentially. I might maybe keep reading it, I guess.

    I like that reality is all straight edge yadda, and Anna swears like a trucker fucker. Bugger fuck shit! I like her, I want more of her, but I understand the necessity for context. Crazy crazy context. It's okay though, I think I get it, just... crazy. Whoa science fiction. But I expect a second issue with that much text will make for a remarkably interesting run... (what's this "2 of 5" miniseries bullshit?) And 9 planets is certainly enough to make some interesting statements about humanity.
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      CommentAuthorJean_Ranvier
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008 edited
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    I need to go back and reread Anna Mercury #1... I do miss that smell.

    I'll be picking up issue 2 this week, along with No Hero issue 0, if I understood Mr. Ellis' most recent Bad Signal post correctly.
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    Has anything travelled up the superstring tunnel from New Ataraxia or one of the other Constellation Earths to (our) Earth? If so, what happened to the thing?

    The center page spread left me blinking slightly and wondering how the original script described this reconfigured moon.
    • CommentAuthorHarlotbug3
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
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    Any historical reference for a government agency set up to fix something they screwed up on this kind of scale?
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      CommentAuthorzoem
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
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    I really liked the dense world-building of this one. Zero to crazy in however many pages. Also loving some of the detail in the art - lots of nuance.
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2008 edited
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    What I want to know...
    ...is Anna's 'home Earth' one of the half-constructed ones?

    The story so far (I think) implies not, but just maybe... and even if it is 'fully constructed' in comparison to the others, it may also be an artificial construct. Or were the others copies of her (our?) Earth?
    And who made the bloody things??

    Other than that - I agree about the abrupt transitions with the splash pages, but that may be a style thing, a kind of staccato jolt to the reader.

    And Anna gets more adorable from page to page. Her facial expressions are a delight.

    I liked the Philadelphia Experiment reference too - always a fun Fortean reference.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2008
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    I'm trying to decide if that guy's endorsement is a good thing or not...

    Definitely very cool if any audience larger than general comic folk is learning Warren Ellis' name. I saw a stranger with Transmet glasses about a month ago and I'm still smiling about it.