Swipe File: The Avengers NOW And The Authority THEN (Spoilers)

Deja vu.

It happens. I remember when reading Warren Ellis’ Ultimate Galactus trilogy something tickling my head. Turned out Warren Ellis had repurposed a Marvel series he’d written, had spiked and paid a kill fee, put excerpts online and then just used it again. Marvel paid him twice for the same comic.

Well today is where they get their money back. Today’s Avengers #4 was tickling my head something rotten. And not just from translating the page at the very bottom below (and getting the symbol for Y ). Because in this comic, large amounts of nasty shit from a godlike creature have been sent from Mars, have landed in various places on Earth like Japan and are proceeding to terraform the place into something… different. The concept was introduced in a previous issue, and I confess to a skull tickle back then, but today it was like someone hitting my head with a mallet.

Because this is The Authority #10 and #11 by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch. In which large amounts of nasty shit from a godlike creature have been sent from the Moon, have landed in various places on Earth like Japan and are proceeding to terraform the place into something… different. Let’s go back and forth shall we?

Okay that last couple were a bit more of a push, but still. And The Garden… Is reminiscent of Stormwatch’s Nevada Garden? Oh and the translation, yes, almost forgot…

“Daddy”

In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn’t judge, it’s interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London.

 

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