Volume One

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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? 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 any more. 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, collecting issues 1-5 of INJECTION, the story of five mad geniuses trying to save us all from themselves.
Publisher: Berkeley, California :, Image Comics, Inc.,, 2015
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Copyright Date: c2015
ISBN: 9781632154798
Branch Call Number: Elli
Additional Contributors: Shalvey, Declan


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Jun 11, 2018

I'm totally here for techno-horror magic run amok and the tortured team of smart people who (hopefully) try to stop it. Even though they caused it in the first place. Because if you put a group of geniuses together in fiction, of course they’re going to do something stupid just because they’re smart enough to think of it. So I just take that for granted, rather than holding it against them, and look at what happens next. If that involves creepy monsters and possessed computer systems, so much the better.

The first volume was a great opening act for the series, balancing backstory and present adventures. When Ellis is on, he’s one of my favorite writers, and he’s definitely on here. The second volume just makes everything worse in interesting ways. (Though I wish it hadn't included cannibalism, since that's normally a hard pass for me. YMMV.) The third volume, sadly, didn't add much interest value to the central threat, feeling more like a straightforward "bad magical things are happening" episode of a television show, but towards the end there's some promise that the Big Bad is about to level up again.

Bellaire is one of the best colorists in the business, and Shalvey gives her SO much to work with. Especially all the characters with dead eyes (shiver). The difference between how backgrounds are done in present-day scenes versus back-then scenes is one of my favorite art features in this book, so watch for that.

Injection is an ongoing series.

Diversity note: I very much appreciated the team being 3 POC and 2 white people, with additional speaking POC characters outside the team. If we could get 50% of comics to this level of diversity, it would be a revolution. The white characters are more central in the first book, but the second and third books make the POC characters the main characters almost all the time.

SCL_Justin Sep 07, 2017

The first volume of a Warren Ellis-written comic is always interesting as he sets up a weird future filled with smart competent antisocial assholes saving the world from things worse than themselves. Injection is the first part of just such a book.

Jordie Bellaire does the colour and Declan Shalvey does art and both are great. There’s an AI that’s mining myth to make the future weird and the border between our slightly in the future world and the otherspaces being created and invading are dramatic and beautiful.

Basically it’s a story about a thinktank that’s trying to make up for creating this future. There’s a deductive genius, a hacker, a spy, a magician and the Ahab/Nemo. Because it’s volume 1 it’s hard to get a sense of characters beyond their roles, but the reason I read Ellis stories is for the ideas and Injection has some neat ones around AI and magic as math. I liked it.

Jun 13, 2017

Man, Image is killing it with their comics game in the last five-ish years. This one has everything I could want: English, Lovecraftian, archaeological horror. Yes, you read that right. The story is complex as it unfolds, the characters with unique personalities and backstories that carry the plot wonderfully from one panel to the next. This is definitely a series to follow

LeRat Oct 30, 2016

Warren Ellis fans won't be disappointed by this excellent series starter. A real metaphysical mind bender.

Jun 27, 2016

May you live in interesting times... indeed!


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Jun 02, 2017

Other: Heavy occult themes.

Jun 02, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Horror comic so frightening images and hallucinations/visions

Jun 02, 2017

Sexual Content: Characters have sex and is depicted in the panels. Much full-frontal male nudity.

Jun 02, 2017

Violence: Body mutilation and graphic violence. Quite gory in some spots.

Jun 02, 2017

Coarse Language: Infrequent strong language, milder language more often

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Jun 02, 2017

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