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Actually, so do I, as a rule, but his work on Hellblazer was fucking shithouse.

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Ok, I picked up #1 because it's gotten the pretty good word around the web.

 

Haven't read it but I saw the bit where Jack is called John, Christian. The visuals for that scene are straight out of Hana-Bi.

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Jack Cross is actually quite good, though the art lets the side down a little.

 

The opening pages are awful but there's a really good interogation scene in the last third that redeems it quite nicely.

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Jack Cross is actually quite good, though the art lets the side down a little.

 

The opening pages are awful but there's a really good interogation scene in the last third that redeems it quite nicely.

I didn't like the interrogation scene. I think there's already too much popular approval of that sort of thing for U.S. military and intelligence people.

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Also - it's a member of the CIA being fucked up.

That does ameliorate things somewhat. Perhaps as in Desolation Jones, keeping it in the (intelligence) community?

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Well that seems to be at least part of the idea behind the opening story - the art really is crap though.

 

bad signal

WARREN ELLIS

 

Bank Holiday Monday here, so I

took the opportunity to oversleep

horribly.

 

The domain name purchase went

through overnight, and in a couple

of days it should resolve to the

hosting point. I'm still fraught with

doubt about the whole enterprise,

and comforting myself with the

fact that I'm giving it three months

to prove out. If it's driving me insane

by the start of January 06, I'm

pulling the plug.

 

But it has a name now. ENGINE, or

The Engine, depending on what

sticks.

 

It serves two purposes: a point for

conversation about FELL, DESOLATION

JONES and my other adult-oriented,

non-superhero, creator owned

works. There are loads of other

places for people to talk about

PLANETARY, NEXTWAVE, JACK

CROSS, ULTIMATE SECRET and all.

And also a stage for like-minded

creators, involved in original non-

superhero work, to talk about what

they're doing. That, you'll note,

is not an all-inclusive and all-welcoming

stance, and I'm going to be selective

about it, too. There'll also, with

luck, be a space for pros to talk

that'll be read-only to everyone

else: there are conversations worth

having in public that wouldn't

survive thread-drift from the

audience.

 

For those who follow such things,

I'll be using the Beehive forum

system, which emulates the Delphi

style but provides more function.

I don't like the standard UBB/phpBB

for message boards -- I think

their structure is anti-community.

I'm also going to stick a radio on it,

just for the hell of it, but that'll

be the extent of the bells and

whistles. Billy Gray's still working

on adapting all kinds of weird

functionality on to Beehive, but

we'll save that for The Other Thing

that he, Jean and I were talking

about.

 

And Brian Wood's designing me a

logo this week. Which I hope to get

on a t-shirt, Andrew, reasonably

soon. Because, if nothing else, if I

trash my host's bandwidth, I'm

going to need to give him some

money...!

 

And so, god help me, it begins. The

filthy assistants should all be in

place by the end of the week, a

couple of hours with the new

version of Beehive (I've been

running a private board on an older

version for a couple of years)

should get the entry protocols

sorted out, and then we're off...

 

(And then I need to do something

about all the fucking referral/

trackback spam on warrenelliscom.)

 

-- W

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Three cheers for Fell!

 

I really enjoyed this. It didn't feel decompressed, and the atmosphere was great. Really solid stuff by Wozza. Between this and Desolation Jones, I think Ellis may be back on his game.

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10.59am -- I open the Engine to readers of Bad Signal.

 

11.02 -- Comics writer Andy Diggle posts a message.  That

proves to be the last message posted on the Engine. Many,

many people will blame Diggle for what is to follow.  And who

is to say they shouldn't?

 

11.25 -- Email fills with reports that the Engine has engine trouble.

 

12.30pm -- I return home.  The Engine is not responding.  I  ignore

it and eat lunch.

 

1.30 -- The Engine is still not responding.  I ignore it and start  work.

 

2.30 -- The Engine is still not responding.  I start reloading the  page

once every couple of minutes.

 

2.42 -- I have slow access to the Engine.  The log states that the

rush has reduced to one new visitor every twelve seconds or so.

 

2.44 -- I have no access.

 

2.51 -- I send Melinda and Jessica in to try and reach the Admin

menu of the forum software.  I need to take the load off the server

so Billy can get into the Secret Codey 10101110101 Bits and  look

at the deep settings.

 

3.06 -- No word from Melinda or Jessica.  I am growing worried.

They didn't take any food or water in with them, after all.

 

3.10 -- Melinda makes it to Admin.  I instruct her to set the

forum to "restricted."  No word from Jessica.

 

3.11 -- Jessica is probably dead.

 

3.14 -- Jessica is definitely dead.  No word from Melinda.

 

3.15 -- I get the log-on screen.

 

3.16 -- Nothing happens.  And Melinda may be dead.  Darren's

going to fucking kill me.

 

3.20 -- Jessica is alive and in admin.  Melinda is alive and has

attempted to lock the forum.  If Melinda fails, I have to send

Jessica in.  The awful, senseless waste of human life tortures

me as I eat some more fruit.

 

3.21 -- I note out of the corner of my eye that LiveJournal's

gone down.  Is that my fault too?

 

3.28 -- Melinda reports restricted status on.  Jessica is

definitely dead this time.

 

3.30 -- No change.  A vein bursts, somewhere deep in my brain.

 

3.33 -- Restricted status seems to have gone on.  Visitors

increase to an estimated one every six fucking seconds.

 

3.35 -- I get into Admin myself, stepping over Jessica's body.

 

3.37 -- I am attempting to close the Engine entirely.  I may not

survive the attempt.  Remember me.  Just, you know, not the

farting and the snoring.  You can forget that.

 

3.39 -- I think I just ruptured something.  No, really.

 

3.40 -- I go for a piss.  While I'm doing that, Melinda dies.

 

3.42 -- The front end of the Engine should be sealed off.

I don't know, because people are still hitting it and it's not

loading...

 

3.46 -- I purge all records of Melinda and Jessica from my

email and go out for a cigarette.  Let it be known that they

died for Comics and The Internet.  When I have their

bodies burned in a garbage can in a remote location, I

will do it with love and appreciation for their sacrifice.

 

The Engine will be back later, once I satisfy myself that

there's nothing off in the deep settings, and once people

stop hitting it -- it looks like it's still being hit once

every couple of seconds...

 

I'm sorry, but I'm finding this funny as all hell...

 

-- W

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Fell is dead good! Only 17 (19 ?) pages but packed with more story than anything Ellis has done in yonks. Between this and Desolation, the old man's starting to win me back over.

 

Art's gorgeous too, streets ahead of Templesmith's previous work, nice and bright too - in the past it's been all dark and murky. Text piece in the back was fun too, it's nice to have some quality Ellis writing to enjoy again.

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I totally agree with all the praise of Fell. I have been wanting Ellis to write more detectives since Frank Ironwine and Simon Spector. I had to look twice at the price: $1.99 for a comic?!?! I thought those were extinct. My only gripe; the story of the girl, her mother, and drunk father and how he died, just seemed a bit too easy as it all came together.

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Hmm. I'll have to check this out, then - I wasn't convinced based on the preview, but word-of-mouth seems pretty solidly favourable. The days when Ellis' name on the cover would convince me to give anything a try are long, long gone, but I've been enjoying Desolation Jones so far, and some of the Apparat stuff was encouraging.

 

His JLA: Classified arc is absolute shite on toast, though, and Jack Cross was similarly crap.

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I quite liked the first JLA:C issue he did, holding out for the trade on that though.

 

He's off my auto-buy list too, still can't believe I bothered picking up the Ultimate Secret trade, such a pile of shit.

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I still got him on auto-buy. Not sure why. I think I'm afraid I'll let that one gem slip through my fingers like I did the first 6 issues of Planetary. "Super powered archaeologists? Buncha shit!" Boy was I wrong.

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To defend this. He's has the JLA:Classified script's lying around for ages. Most of JLA: Classified is arcs and scripts that the editors said "No were not putting that in JLA" but then decided to publish em anyways and have it be it's on thing. Ennis has a arc, and so does Gail simone. Ellis arc right now is meh. It's not his best work, But it's not his worst.

 

Next month we get the return of She-Hulk. Which I heard really good things about the first 12 issues of Dan slotts run. And we get Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man.

 

Anyways. Ellis is ok.

 

The only stuff I didnt like was how he kept introducing the characters "Wonder Woman amazon princess blah blah." etc etc.

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His JLA: Classified arc is absolute shite on toast, though, and Jack Cross was similarly crap.

 

Isn't it a bit premature to say Jack Cross is crap when its only just started though?

 

Its a bit hard to judge a comic book arc on one issue is it not?

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That's why I said "was" - my comment referred only to that first issue, which really was very poor.

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Still, always best to judge a series on a couple of issues but i am inclined to agree with you where Jack Cross is concerned, i wasn't too enamoured with the first issue either.

 

About time he hurried up and got more issues of Desolation Jones out though.

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Issue #3's out this week, and I'm looking forward to it.

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As am i.

 

I keep getting The Authority and Planetary recommended to me by people but i am still undecided about those, i am not the biggest fan of costumed superheroes as i have said a few times on these boards.

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After trying Mark Millar's Authority and disliking it, I recently read Ellis' original work on the title and loved it - I'd recommend it to almost anyone who's ever enjoyed Ellis, in fact, 'cos it's one of the best thing's he's ever written. But I love me some superheroes, so my opinion may not be hugely useful to you.

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