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4LN Comic Review: Injection #1

Series: Injection
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Color: Jordie Bellaire
Lettering/Design: Fonografiks


Summary from Comixology: Once upon a time, there were five crazy people, and they poisoned the 21st Century. Now they have to deal with the corrosion to try and save us all from a world becoming too weird to support human life. INJECTION is the new ongoing series created by the acclaimed creative team of Moon Knight. It is science fiction, tales of horror, strange crime fiction, techno-thriller, and ghost story all at the same time. A serialized sequence of graphic novels about how loud and strange the world is getting, about the wild future and the haunted past all crashing into the present day at once, and about five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the growing weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection.

Well, this story was something. I LOVED the creative team’s run on Marvel Comic’s Moon Knight. It was truly something unique, and like I’ve never read. Moon Knight was 6 issues long and they were all stand alone, but somehow Ellis in his genius mind was able to tie together six stand alone issues. It completely blew my mind. I’ve read Ellis’s run on Iron Man (Extemis) and I loved Declan Shalvey’s art in Deadpool. This creative team is awesome together, they could easily become Image Comic’s version of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. It’s hard to judge a story by it’s first issue. We literally know nothing except what’s give to us on each new page. That’s why I say the story was “something.” I jokingly said in the 4LN Facebook Thread that this was “Typical Ellis nonsense and confusion.” I once heard that Warren Ellis is this generations Allen Moore, and I can completely see that. This story is about the world becoming too weird for humanity. So, Ellis is the perfect writer to be doing this project.

The Good:
Warren Fucking Ellis and Declan Fucking Shalvey. Go buy this book just because of that reason. These guys are an amazing creative team. As long as the two of them are working on the book, I’ll be reading it. I like weird, so I liked this book. Yes, I was confused, but that’s to be expected in a #1. This is an issue about team building and character development. As the story progresses, I can see this series becoming weirder and weirder, which will keep me coming back. Shalvey’s art is stunning and is one of the greatest thing about this book. Most of the creative team is from the UK, so it’s only natural that this book would be centered in England, and accents play a major role in the first issue (It’s explained very easily).



The Bad:
It’s weird. You could say this book is going to be weird for the sake of “art,” so that’s going to be a turn off to some readers. If you can get past the weirdness and the craziness that will come with this book, you should be in for one hell of a wild ride.

The Final Say:
This book is $2.99 and has Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. That is the perfect combo and I can’t stress that enough. With every book at marvel being $3.99 and $4.99, this is truly a steal. Image should be getting a ton of your money because so many of their books are great content and amazing prices. With all this being said, Injection get’s a solid 4 out of 5, it’s a fun start to what’s sure to be one memorable series.

Music Pairing:
This is a weird story, so you are going to want some weird music. I would recommend jamming All The Colors Of The Dark by post-rock band Grails. It’s a good combo and solid thinking music, which you’ll need to follow the story.

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