Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ignition City

Time for another comic book as the last seemed to go over moderately well. This time a more recent series, or mini-series to be correct. Ignition City is a five issue mini-series written by the notable author Warren Ellis, known for previous work such as Hellblazer and Transmetropolitan. The characters are based loosely on those from the old Flash Gordon serials, as well as other sci-fi classics like Commander Cody and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. However, in this world the former heroes of space exploration are disavowed and banished to the semi-recognized community of Ignition City. The mood of Ignition City is dystopic, with a mixture of classic sci-fi elements like aliens and space travel with steampunk style imagery from penciller, Gianluca Pagliarani. The art makes the characters and setting alike seem all the more grimy and forlorn, with figures like Yuri the ex-cosmonaut who shambles about drinking vodka and proclaiming his erstwhile fame while still wearing a spacesuit. The main plot itself isn't that unique; basically a daughter out to seek closure and revenge for a recently departed father, but the trappings around the main character more than make up for the formulaic nature of her motivations. Unlike the previous comic I posted, which was more for novelty, I am sharing the whole thing, but as you can imagine owning a physical copy of a comic is superior just as owning a vinyl record is always better than a digital version.

To be had here:
Ignition City #1-5

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