Graphic Novel Review: “Injection – Volume 1” by Warren Ellis




Harvey Awards Nominee for Best Colorist (for Jordie Bellaire) (2016)


From the publisher, “A few years ago, a public/private partnership between the British Government and a multinational company saw five clever people placed in university-owned offices and allowed to do whatever they liked. It was called the Cultural Cross-Contamination Unit, and the idea was that it would hothouse new thinking and new patents. Five actual geniuses, all probably crazy, very eccentric, put in one place and given carte blanche to think about ways to approach and change the future. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?18218774._SY540_.png
They did A Crazy Thing, which was referred to as The Injection. A mysterious Thing that they did in order to make the 21st Century better and stranger. It got out. It got loose into the fabric of the 21st Century, whatever it was, and now things are getting weird and ugly, faster and faster.
So a few years have passed. They’ve all gone their separate ways, into separate “jobs” that allow them to follow and sometimes deal with the repercussions of The Injection. We are in the period where the toxic load of The Injection is at such a level that events that are essentially paranormal in nature are coming faster and faster, headed towards a point where humanity won’t easily be able to live on the planet anymore. Not a Singularity of glory, but an irretrievable constant blare of horror coming too thick and fast for anything to deal with.
From the creators of Moon Knight: From the Dead: the story of five mad geniuses trying to save us all from themselves.”


My Thoughts

I have no freaking clue what this is about. I have a vague notion of mysticism, science, and geniuses using their snarky intellect for the betterment of all. That is a guess. It jumps around so much in a non-linear timeline I couldn’t really tell you.  It is a bloated obtuse head-scratcher? They inject something something into the internet and it does something bad but really exciting to humanities future. I’ll keep going with it because I pretty much worship Transmetropolitan. But, this reminds me of something that is trying to be so hip and obscure that no one actually understands it, but they pretend that they do because it would make them look bad otherwise.

Maybe it is trying to be x-files?


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