I hate to bring up the same comic book series in the same 31 day challenge, but the comic I quote from quite frequently is Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan. It’s just one of the most endlessly quotable comics I’ve ever read. Spider Jerusalem is simply and endlessly quotable fucker. I mean really:
“Do not offend the chair leg of truth!”
“I don’t trust any of you dogfuckers!”
“I’m going to take a dump the size of a birthday cake.”
“Trust the fuckhead.”
“If I’m unhappy. Everybody’s unhappy.”
And that’s just off the top of my head having not reread the comic on about a year. It’s blisteringly good fun that I insist on reading again and again every few years.
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– Jack Cameron
You’ll notice there are quite a few Warren Ellis comics on this list. That’s not an accident. During the 1990s and early 2000s Warren Ellis was nothing short of revolutionary in the comic book industry. There are comics being made today that owe their existence to Warren Ellis’ innovations.
In 2006, Ellis made what is arguably the most fun comic in Marvel Comics history. Nextwave: Agents of HATE is hard to explain. It’s a super-hero group composed of a bunch of random characters. One is a former Avenger. Another is a robot. Another is a former member of X-Force. The team is crazy and so are their missions. This is super-hero comics meets Big Trouble in Little China.
It’s worth noting that Nextwave wouldn’t be the same with the equally crazy art of Stuart Immonen. There is simply nothing about Nextwave that isn’t fun. (The image is taken from the second issue where the team fights a dragon named Fin Fang Foom.) The only bad part is that it only lasted twelve issues.
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– Jack Cameron
While I’m a confirmed Marvelite, I have to admit my favorite shared comic book universe was the Wildstorm Universe. I discovered many of my favorite writers and artists reading Wildstorm titles. My favorite one was Planetary. Planetary’s concept was simple: A three person team travels the world uncovering the secret history that others have tried to cover up. It began with an indestructible woman named Jakita Wagner recruiting a white haired man named Elijah Snow. She explains that everyone on the team gets paid a million dollars a year for the rest of their life. She introduces him to the third member of the team, The Drummer. Who funds all of this? Who do they work for? They work for the Fourth Man.
For the first eleven issues of Planetary, writer Warren Ellis and artist John Cassaday do some great world building, all the while dropping hints and clues as to the identity of the Fourth Man. And then, in issue twelve, Elijah Snow figures it all out and confronts the other two members of the team. It’s all led up to this, which is why Cassaday’s cover containing literally every page of the first eleven issues is perfect. The best part is that this is just the half way point of the series. Once they reveal who the Fourth Man is, it really gets going.
Tomorrow: Comic That You Love That You’ll Never Read Again
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– Jack Cameron
I’ve decided to take CSBG’s 31 Days of Comics Challenge. Day 1 is your favorite comic. Mine is the one comic I have original artwork from. The wonderful Transmetropolitan. Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s five-year 60-issue epic about journalist Spider Jerusalem taking down all phonies and corrupt politicians by being a journalist. The twist? He’s doing this in the distant future. I’ve described Transmetropolitan as ‘Hunter S. Thompson in the Blade Runner universe’ and that’s fairly accurate. The story starts out with Spider hiding up a mountain and ends with him taking down the President of the United States. There’s plenty of humor and violence along the way, but more than anything the series is a searing attack on much of the worst our culture has to offer. Back in a creative writing class I took many years ago we had an assignment of taking a social issue and then projecting it into the future to make a point which is basically what the best sci-fi tends to do. Transmet does that every single issue. While it’s a comic I miss, I’m happy that it had a beginning, middle, and end. Great stuff.
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– Jack Cameron