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    • CommentAuthormrcreek
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    it was doom 2099, back when i only read comics in french and in magazines. it was a powerful work, especially during the 2099AD storyline. there was a standalone book there that echoed in transmetropolitan and created my personal picture of warren.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    i would have to say, i first noticed his name on Ultimate FF, but i seem to remember reading his stuff before that.... either way, shortly after that arc, i picked up the Lazurus Churchyard trade in the dollar box, and came unto Transmet, at which point i was a whore.
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    Though I was unaware of it at the time, it was probably Lazarus Churchyard when I was reading some of my sisters comics at the age of ten. After that, it was probably that Storm story with Mikhail Rasputin and the whole Darwinist mountain thing, I can't remember it all that well. I only got into Warren proper when I started reading Newuniversal and Thunderbolts, quickly followed by The Authority, Extremis, Fell, and a whole host of other stuff. I got into Warren pretty recently, but mmmmmmmmmm.... Planetary and Transmetropolitan are still on my to-do.... Once I have enough money to actually go into my LCS and buy the comics they've been holding for me for the last 2 months, I'm going to demand they order me in some Black Summer.

    Is Apparat worth picking up?
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    Is Apparat worth picking up?

    Very much so. While I have enjoyed Warren's work in general over time, I view Apparat as the first works in his current 2nd, for my taste, "golden age".
      CommentAuthorAva Jarvis
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    A long time ago I was having a very bad life indeed. I was staying at a friend's house (while the very bad things were happening all around me) and picked up the first Transmetropolitan collection.

    And that was the beginning.
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    My cousin gave me a massive pile of comics/magazines sometime in the 90's and in it was issues one and three of Blast!, and I've forever kept Lazarus Churchyard in my head... I've always remembered the little men pissing heroin.

    One of my favourite comics after that was a Marvel thing called 'Ruins', which was the anti 'Marvels' and I just dug the darkness of it, the dirty artwork. When I got back into comics two years ago, after about twelve years away, I dug the two issues out with all my Cerebus comics. I'd just ordered the Laz trade, and discovered, and was really happy when I noticed Ellis had written 'Ruins', but I can't remember why I picked up the damn thing in the first place.

    Lazarus Churchyard has appeared in my dreams once a month for well over a decade.
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008 edited
    After asking my partner at the time what he was reading (Warren's LiveJournal), I was handed a copy of Bad Signal and several of Planetary...

    It's been a steady decent into madness ever since.
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    The Planetary comic with the secret military base and the scientist in a pit in the basement....a friend left it at work while I was doing graveyard at a 7-11 store. After that he lent me a couple of the Trades of Transmetropolitan. A few months later I wandered into a comic shop with money to burn, and found them again, and well...been very hooked since.

    And, I finally have a comic shop that'll hold new comics for me, so I got a nice phone call that my copy of Doktor Sleepless is waiting for me to take it to a good home.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    The first Ellis I read was Orbiter (surprised that hasn't shown up yet in this discussion), but I didn't start reading him seriously or consecutively until Transmet. I've since picked up Fell, Global Frequency, and Stormwatch, and looking for more.
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    It may have been an issue of 'Hellstorm', a random comic that appeared in the house and I wasn't aware of him at the time.

    The first I consciously came across Warren's work was the first 'Authority' trade. Cracking.

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    The Planetary comic with the secret military base and the scientist in a pit in the basement....a friend left it at work while I was doing graveyard at a 7-11 store.

    That was the preview wasn't it? Appeared in the back of a bunch of WS books, and was right before the DC buy out.
    • CommentAuthorMark W
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    I think my first exposure to warren was the aborted run that he had on Dr Strange. Only 3 issues long, but some of the best writing for the good doctor at that time.
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    I feel old.

    I believe my first experience with Warrens work is when he took over Hellstorm at Marvel in the early/mid 90s. I had bought the book since #1 as I liked the character from the old Defenders I picked up from the back issue bins. The new Hellstorm was quite different, but I stuck around. I particularly enjoyed a story about a faith healer unknowingly taking souls from hell and putting them into comatose bodies, "healing" them.

    Warren took over after that. The book was a lot more gory, something about a serial killer wrapping himself with the guts of his victims as armor IIRC. It grossed me out and I wasn't entertained. There was a lot more Santana, whom I never really cared for. I dropped the book.

    I would later pick up DV8 #1 which had his name in the credits. I didn't like it either. The characters had a very smug, better than you attitude which was off putting.

    I think my next exposure was Doom 2009, where Warren did a Doom takes over the USA story. I bought some of that but never stuck around. I had bought some of the early Doom 2009 and just found the character didn't ring "true" to the Doom I read in modern Marvel. I still had that feeling with Ellis' take on it, which is why I dropped it.

    I did borrow and read a TPB of Transmet which wasn't bad but didn't really inspire me to buy the series. It's still something I need to get at some point. I've got the first TPB, just need to get the rest eventually.

    I did like the early Planetary and Authority Trades and some stuff after that.
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    It started when a friend recommended Planetary, I loved it
    then went on to Global Frequency, and was hooked

    I'm still POd that Global Frequency wasn't picked up... dammit

    at least we have the net and i was able to find a copy of the pilot
    • CommentAuthorratjin
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    Druid, really, in '95. Short, but beautiful. This was my first hint that I should be reading books written by certain people instead of just buying every fucking X-book they'd sell me. I remember being so incredibly disappointed when Satana never came out. Then, I guess, four years later, I came back to that idea, reread it and understood just how amazing it was. I went online and found out what else he was writing. Then I went to the comic store and started up my Planetary, Authority, and Transmet collections, very near the beginnings of those runs (well, P & A, anyway). And that started my collections of the trades, since I never could find the first couple of Authority or Planetary (not being an e-bayer yet). And now I don't buy anything but trades. He's had quite the influence on the way I buy and perceive comics.
    • CommentAuthorjesseipel
    • CommentTimeJan 5th 2008
    A friend of mine was on me (and another friend) to read Transmetropolitan after a number of shared discussions about Y: The Last Man. I balked at first because 60 issues seemed like a lot and I didn't even know if I'd like it. Eventually I broke down and then was done with all of it a day later. I put off writing at least one term paper to read it, and it was time well spent. I got the aforementioned other friend and my current boyfriend to read it all after I did so we could all talk about it. And it's been an obsession ever since.
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    I worked at a games (D&D type stuff) store and one of the guys from a local games distributor wanted me (and anyone else who would listen) to read Fell. So, I sat behind the counter and read the first four issues. Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to reading the next issue.
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2008
    I first got into Ellis indirectly via The Authority, and directly through his StormWatch trades. I wanted something different to the superheroes I was getting at the time, and I kept hearing that The Authority was a refreshing kick in the nuts to the genre. I thought I'd give it a try, but heard that the StormWatch stuff directly preceded The Authority, and decided to start there.

    I bought the first trade on Amazon; immediately I finished it, I went and bought the second. Since that day, I've been falling down the slippery slope. Within a year, I might just give up on comic stores, and just mail Warren half my money each month.
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    Ministry of Space. Or the first two installments, anyway. I love alt-history fiction. By the time MoS 3 came out, I'd started reading the TRANSMET trades and those are what really hooked me. (Funny thing, I'd noticed TRANSMET back in the early 90s when it was being released as pamphlets, but somehow it didn't grab me then. I guess my brain just wasn't ready then for that sort of sideways futurism.)
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    Bought the first issue of Transmetropolitan when it came out. I was a little young for it, though, thought it was cool but strange, and didn't get it again for awhile. A little later on I picked up the first trade and was all over it.

    I had unknowingly read some of his stuff before (2099, Excalibur, etc) but that was the first time I really noticed him as Someone To Pay Attention To.

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