Writer: Warren Ellis
Artists: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Publisher: DC Wildstorm
What is it about a Warren Ellis comic that makes it so undoubtedly his? Could it possibly be the dialogue: “I’m so bored I could fart blood” are the first words of the female protagonist in this story, Rosi Blades. Would any other current comics writer put that line down on paper? Maybe this is part of the appeal of the cult of Ellis, he writes truths no-one else dare utter? “Ask me if I care, you disgusting little toe-rag?” “You have the personality of a weasel with paintstripper on its nipples”
Maybe it’s the plots – this time around Rosi (a blatant clone of Spider Jerusalem with a minor twist) “teams up” with Tony Linz – he’s a Pete Wisdom-a-like (Ellis does seems to love creating his protagonists by numbers) – who is chasing down a gang-member to recover the contents of a guitar case…it’s a HUGE penis which plays “The Ride of the Valkyries”. No, I don’t think you’d catch Joe Kelly running a riff on that in the pages of JLA.
So, all-in-all, the book is typical Warren Ellis, there’s nothing surprising in here at all – there’s a skewed version of modern-day London (infused with a large dose of Indian culture and symbolism). It’s interesting enough, but treads very well-worn territory. The art is very nice, it’s quite cartoony and light-hearted, in stark contrast to the violence and depravity the script actually calls for. Amanda Conner draws a very effective massive penis, hate to see the reference photo used for that...
If you like Warren Ellis’ writing, you’ll love this book, it hits all the usual buttons. If you don’t particularly care for him, you’ll won’t like it, because it hits all the usual buttons.
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