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    Doktor Sleepless is my main obsession. But all the other books are nice too.
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    I loved Aetheric Mechanics, by the way. Tell me, it's in some way connected with Freakangels?
    • CommentAuthorAngurvaki
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2010
    Transmetropolitan - Ideologically, narrative and art = Pure win
    Desolation Jones - Story + Art hit the spot ... I can't wait for him to continue the series
    Global Frequency - I could read the series forever, kinda like fringe without the drama
    Doctor Sleepless - The story and art are a bit iffy, but I love the post - ism
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2010
    Interesting choices! I'm feeling the almost overhwelming love for Transmet and Dok S.

    I have special love for

    SWITCHBLADE HONEY - I find it endlessly re-readable, like a great short story.
    ATMOSPHERICS - as above - a great, compact story with grit, suspense and cracking dialogue
    IGNITION CITY - love the blending of pulp space heroes and frontier grime. Also, 'sammich!'
    EXTREMIS - So slick it hurts, singlehandedly responsible for the resurgence of Iron Man IMHO
    BLACKGAS - so nasty, dark and horrible... ushered in a new era of zombiedom
    DESOLATION JONES - conceptually speaking, my favourite comic of Warren's. Just such a riveting character.

    Transmet, Planetary and FreakAngels I consider in the 'epic' or 'classic' category - unimpeachable works of passionate, committed brain candy. Reading Warren Elllis made me smarter. For that reason, I also have to include the Bad Signal emails, particularly from around 2003 / 4. Opened my eyes to a lot of shit.

    I came to Transmet late, had read a bunch of other, later stuff first - had avoided it for fear of being too influenced by it. I definitely remember very fondly the day the guy in my LCS talked me into buying Vol 1. I never looked back. For me it's the apex and the swansong of cyberpunk.

    Also, Nextwave makes me happy in my pants.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2010
    FELL - one of my favorite books of forever.

    DOKTOR SLEEPLESS - Another one I adore, though Ive only read the first trade and a few issues past. No clue what number its on, but will buy whatever I can when I get that money stuff again

    DESOLATION JONES - <3 <3 <3

    also: Shivering Sands and From the Desk of.../Bad Signal collections.
    • CommentAuthorHelljin
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2010
    CRECY is probably at the top of my list

    Then in no particular order

    Actually now that I've started this list it would be easier to list the things I don't really prefer.
    MINISTRY OF SPACE I actually wanted to like this one but for some reason it seemed lacking to me.
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2010 edited
    Me pictured holding my favorite:
    Me and my favorite.

    Transmet and Global Frequency follow closely behind. I also was rather fond of Tokyo Storm Warning.

    And I still to this day regularly consult the Come In Alone manifesto as a scientific method of doing things.
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    I'm just LOVING Dr Sleepless!
    "Trust ne, I'm a doctor", didn't Miki say it, also?

    Love his goggles, like those of Karl!
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    Just finished Planetary today. Bought all four trades over the course of the past week and it's certainly in the top five of my favorite books of all time.
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    Global Frequency
    Aetheric Mechanics (actually everything Apparat so far, really)
    Switchblade Honey
    And, Lazarus Churchyard meant a helluva lot to me as a young teen, aside from being a great read now.
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    Planetary I find a big fragmentary. I need good plot and charachters I can empathyze with.Planetary left me cold.
    Much better Dr. Sleepless. Transmetropolitan, and of course FREAKANGELS! I love Connor and Arkady, and the others, except Mark and Luke.
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    Planetary I find a big fragmentary. I need good plot and charachters I can empathyze with.Planetary left me cold.

    I have to admit, Jack, I find the three primary characters all immensely sympathetic, in their own ways (outside of Snow's seeming calm as the building above them - and all its occupants - are deathrayed into smokey oblivion, though, really, what's he supposed to do to stop it?), and the majority of the guest-star focal characters are good people who've been violated and wronged beyond anything acceptable. What's not to empathise with?

    As far as plot goes... there are some issues/stories that I am uncertain as to the theme/concept being looked at (if there is one), but in each individual issue and for the series overall, I never felt I didn't know what the plot was. The narrative is clear, as are the desires/drives of the characters. But, maybe I glossed over something you honed in on.

    One thing I found annoying and then harmlessly amusing, when Planetary was wrapping up, was a handful of online reviews/retrospectives insisting the book lost its way when the characters "suddenly" became proactive and humane. As I remember it, we had maybe three full issues before Snow forces the organization to aggressively fund and aid, as well as uncovering and documenting. (They're treating and housing Brass from the end of issue one on, actually, so we just aren't having the aiding and abetting announced to us, I guess, before Wilder.)
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    Well, maybe I misundertstood Planetary.
    As for Doctor Sleepless, maybe he is an homage to all the mad scientists in early Sci-fi (expecially comics). The difference is Doktor Sleepless freely admits to being insane!
    I think "Nurse Igor" will be his doom, eventually. She's a ruthless and dedicated killer. Wait till Doc Insomniac discovers a certain thing about her...
    Talking on Warren's work in general, pone sees some constants...

    1) HE'S BACK! (Spider Jerusalem, Doktor Sleepless, Fell, Mark Fox in freakangels)
    2) He (or They) got a dark secret (Freakangels, Fell, Jonas, and Dr Sleepless)
    3)Blood, blood, blood
    4)Women are though (Anna Mercury, Down) and/or dangerous (the Nurse) or smarter than men( Women Freakangels are, on average, more intelligent and assertive than their male brothers.Connor being an exception)
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    Planetary, Fell, Transmetropolitan are my favorites. Really enjoying Freakangels. Also enjoyed both Red and Reload.

    I haven't read Anna Mercury yet. Favorite Graphic Novel of his is Orbiter with Colleen Doran.

    Really am liking Captain Swing. Hope there is more on that after the first mini. Fun concept.

    The only thing that I can say I hate of his is Global Frequency. Just wasn't for me.

      CommentAuthorMild Maynyrd
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2010 edited
    Planetary is probably my favorite, if I had to pick.

    Then Transmetropolitan, Doktor Sleepless, and Fell probably follow pretty closely for me. Although I really dug the examination of the modern superhero in the 1-2-3 punch of Black Summer/No Hero/SuperGod; I thought he did a wonderful job with breaking down what our society calls "super-humans" (whether it's satirical, or post-post-modernism, or however you wanna interpret it). I really think Newuniversal is pretty underrated, also. I like some good 'ol Gravel laying on my desk. It's hard to deny Extremis' influence. And, looking back, his influence on the entire Marvel U w/ his Thunderbolts run is hard to ignore. His "the bad guys as good guys but still not good" led directly into that whole "Dark Reign" thing or whatever it was, as well as influenced the creation of books like Dark Avengers. Desolation Jones is easy to forget about, but I love that book and idea. And Freakangels has a special spot in my heart.

    But yeah, long story short: Planetary is my fav. Haha
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    Global Frequency
    Crooked Little Vein

    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2010
    Actually started rereading the whole Transmet thing yesterday. Other than that - Planetary, Nextwave and Fell. Plus Lazarus Churchyard and Ocean.
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2010
    I read 2/3rd of the ultimate galactus trilogy and it left me out cold....might be cos I don like the ultimate universe at all, it's entertaining but i will really run and put it on the very minor works from mr. ellis (that make them more valuable from lots of work from other writers but you get what i mean)...maybe once i got to read ultimate extinction things will get better? dunno...
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2010
    Transmet, Nextwave, Planetary, and Desolation Jones. that G.I. Joes cartoon he did also warms the cockles of my bitter little heart.

    but transmet especially. i was just barely too innocent/niave/something the first time i read it, and it blew my fucking brain. in a good way.

    didn't dare buy the trades while i still lived with my mom, but i rewarded myself with them when i got my first apartment/job/taste of self sufficiency.
    • CommentAuthorsnafu
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2010 edited
    I keep forgetting the Apparat Singles. The original 4. Pure intravenous Ellis at his self indulgent best. I can't even pick a favorite among then. They are all brilliant. Many of the same themes he riffed on in Planetary, but for grown ups. On acid.