Dissecting Warren Ellis’ work sounds like something a couple friends do while sitting at a bar one night after a comic convention. Trying to figure out how Spider Jerusalem, Jack Hawksmoor and Doktor Sleepless are actually the same character or what his fascination is with technology that is inside of us. Turns out, if you do put the work of Ellis under a microscope, write it all up nice and neat and get a chance to interview the man himself… someone will publish it.
Kevin Thurman and Julian Darius did just that. They put together a book called Voyage In Noise: Warren Ellis And The Demise Of Western Civilization and sequart.org is putting it out in both print and digital formats. It even has a very Dr Who feeling cover by Four-Ones.
Through works like Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority, Warren Ellis has changed the history of comic books. In this book, Kevin Thurman and Julian Darius examine Ellis’s body of work, exploring, among other topics:
· how his early work for Marvel Comics prefigures the concerns of his later work,
· how his super-heroes respond to comics history,
· his use of religion,
· his use of violence,
· his fascination with lizards (and what they reveal about the human condition),
· and how his characters often use anger as a stimulus for revolutionary social action, in defiance of the West’s 21st-century malaise.
Topical interviews with Ellis complement several essays, expanding the reader’s understanding of the themes in Ellis’s work.
So fans of Ellis be on the lookout for this book, it might just help you at the next con you go to when it’s time to sit down for a drink after the show.
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