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    I was reading through Hellblazer from start to finish and I got to his short run on it, I loved his take on it and read up on him and decided to grab some Transmetropolitan, which just confirmed that he is great.

    So I ordered a few current titles (at the time) he had. Black Gas, Fell, Desolation Jones, Nextwave. I'm a relatively new convert to comics. I was just reading The Sandman trade by trade and when I finished I decided to see what else is out there worth reading, it turns out that there is quite a lot.
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Pretty sure it was his run on Stormwatch that put him on my radar. I wrote an enthusiastic letter that got published and everything. I'd read some of his Doom 2099 and Malibu work before that, but while liking it I hadn't recognized it was the same author, nor had I thought I had to read everything he'd written and would write until then.
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    I probably took in more than I'm aware of when i was younger with Excalibur and X-Calibre and some others, but i really picked up on who it was that was writing the comics i was loving with Planetary and NextWAVE which lead me to Ultimate Fantastic Four, Fell and Crooked Little Vein.
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    The Authority for me (I misread Ellis for Ennis), and then it was one great read after another.

    * roque - do you live in England? Because the Book Depository do free delivery on their discount books, so they're a good deal.
    • CommentAuthorcrismans
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    I kept hearing about Planetary being so good so I picked up the first trade. It was Scars that sealed the deal though.
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    Transmet #8, because Ennis and Morrison were talking it up in the back of Preacher and Invisibles, irc. The Helix line was dying, and people were pushing Transmet to keep it alive, because it was worth it.
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    I hated Warren Ellis for a few years. I was 12 years old reading Stormwatch, and I was still following characters more than creators. I loved the huge cast of the previous run, then Ellis came in. He either retired or killed 75% of the group. Then he flew a few of the survivors into the Sun in the WildCATS/Aliens crossover. I was pissed.

    In college, I got the first trade of Transmet and didn't love it. I rented a few more Transmet trades from a LCS, and it got better but I wasn't hooked like I was with Preacher. I think Planetary* is what did it for me. That and hanging out with a Warren Ellis fan in college, the one other person that loves comics almost as much as I do. Now he's one of the only writers I'll buy anything from.

    *I force Planetary on anyone with a geeky inclination that doesn't read a lot of comics.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008 edited
    Transmet, #35 - #45.

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    This is muddled in my head time wise, so I think this is what happened.

    Excalibur or Doom 2099? I was not really reading comics religiously at that time, but buying some on automatic. I recall being very impressed with the above, but no idea why I bought them. Latter, I know I heard amazing word of mouth on Stormwatch and latter still interesting things on the then Helix Transnmet and connected the name up with the above Marvel titles. I started Transmet with Freeze me with your Kiss and Stormwatch with the alternate reality issues in volume 2?
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Transmetropolitan. A friend handed me a thick stack of the TPBs along with a few issues of From the Desk of Warren Ellis and said "You'll like these. Read."
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    Andrew Eldritch Lazarus Churchyard in BLAST, unsurprisingly
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    I didn't know it at the time but I read some of his Counter-X reboot and found a few of his Hellstorm issues in a longbox in my parents basement last year. My first conscious exposure was a friend in college lending me Transmet. At the time the series wasn't finished yet so I blazed through the available tpbs and then began the waiting game.
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    I did that with Testament...

    Now I've given up on working out when issues are coming out and have resigned myself to waiting for the trades to come out.
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    The now husband then boyfriend loaned me a TRANSMET trade to read. I was hooked. Oddly, I had other Ellis work in my collection, but didn't know it at the time.
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Planetary Books 1 to 3 - best sci fi comics ever
    Authority Books 1 and 2
    • CommentTimeJan 4th 2008
    Elohim - nope, Japan. thanks anyway though.
    • CommentAuthorMr. Pants
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    Man Of The Atom

    Until then I hadn't heard hide nor hair of him. I really started getting into Warren's stuff though when Planetary came out. But yes, Man of The Atom was how I first found him.
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    It would have to be 1996's "The Willow Garden", the violin was simply enchanting. Afterwards, Transmet and the Die Puny Humans site. What a versatile man.
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    My first encounter with Warren's work is something of a tale...

    I had traveled five thousand kilometers, and across an international border, with a friend of mine to visit his internet girlfriend. I had no details about this trip, and was being brought along (and paid for) simply because I had experience traveling and the friend had none. When we arrived, I realized that we were in a mountain-bound town of 20,000 in Washington State. The only notable elements of the town were that it was home to both a state and federal penitentiary. And, I was belatedly informed, the girl we were to be visiting was 16, whereas my friend was 21.

    Needless to say, thing went sour, and fast.

    Three days later, alone and after having hitch-hiked to Seattle and caught a bus to the proper side of the border, I somehow managed to find a distant relative of mine who lived in Vancouver. He is seven-foot-one, and lives in a basement apartment with six-foot ceilings. I had arrived just in time for his birthday, so he, myself, and several of his friends got roaringly drunk and discussed, among other things, fetish body-modification and zombies.

    After everyone else had gone home, I pulled out Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I had already finished it, but had nothing else to do and no inclination for bed, so I was going to re-read it. My giant host took one look at me, and handed me the first three TPB of Transmetropolitan, then promptly passed out on the kitchen floor with a half-eaten ham on his chest.

    This is how I first encountered Warren. If you've read this, sir, thank you. Nothing could have complimented that experience better than Spider.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    I'm pretty sure that my first was Transmetro...I read it when me and my husband first got together. He had the entire run, plus the trades.
    When my husband and I bought our comic book store, my dad had some doubts about the quality of comics. He'd never really paid much attention to them, so I made him read transmetro and he absolutely loved it. It made him miss his political and enviromental activism days when he tore hell through the big coorperations, coal companies, and crooked politians...

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