Author Spotlight – Warren Ellis
Satisfies the Spec Hunger
We are going to switch gears a little bit this week and focus on an author. Why the change? Well, the essential core purpose of a comic book is to be read, am I right?
Warren Ellis hails from Essex, England. His first work was published in the British magazine Deadline in 1990 and he soon started working for Marvel in 1994. A modern artist to the comic scene, Ellis has also done work for DC, Image, and a few independent labels.
To me, reading sentences by Warren Ellis is like watching reality jump off the pages of the comic itself. Sometimes it only takes one or two sentences (even one or two words) for Ellis to describe an entire page of multiple panels. His story sometimes flows so fast that you honestly feel a part of the action and before you know it, the book is over, leaving you wanting more.
Warren Ellis stories will always be in demand. Some of these books you will be able to find for a $1 good read, while others may cost you a little bit to track down. All of these books are worth holding on to as authors begin to finally get more credit for their amazing works in comics and graphic novels.
|These are two of Ellis' early Marvel works. Storm Vol 1 #1 includes a sweet early Terry Dodson cover. What If Vol 2 #77 is a great What If story featuring the low key bad guy referred to as Legion. I mean come on, a blue flat top? Kid ‘N Play would be jealous.||
|Carnage Mind Bomb is actually a stunning story, with nice art, and a great cover. This is a One-Shot and had a low print run, so it is hard to find, especially in mint condition with a wait for it . . . wait for it . . . red foil cover! One of the coolest Doctor Strange covers I have seen (drawn by Bill Reinhold), Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #82 looks like a good read. I just found out about this one, so I'll be looking for this one in the wild.|
|Find Moon Knight Vol 7 #1 and pick it up. Also pick up #2-#6. Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey produced one of the most stunning, free-flowing stories of 2014 in this series. Thunderbolts #110-#121 also features Warren Ellis stories. I've not read any of these yet, but they are now on my list. BONUS! These are all Marko Djurdjevic covers.|
|Wolverine #119-122 is another awesome four part story done by Ellis. Could “Not Dead Yet,” have been foreshadowing to last year's Wolvy event? A sequel disguised as a prequel? Most likely not, but indeed a good read. Warren Ellis also did a run on Hellblazer. Pick up #134-#143 for some John Constantine craziness.|
|Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #83 and #84 features the Infected story. Another highly recommended read. John McCrea has some really cool art in this story as well. Trees came out last year, and to me, was a very underrated Image story. #9 comes out in May so it must still be selling well.|
|I have not read Dv8, but it does contain Humberto Ramos art for issues #1 and #2 and #4 through #7. Warren Ellis on scripts, J.H. Williams III providing the art. Enough said for Desolation Jones.|
|Ocean looks like a great read. Set in an era one hundred years from now, Ocean is a story that tells the tale of Nathan Kane, a United Nations weapons inspector, and his mission to Cold Harbor, a UN research station in orbit around Europa. Gen 13 #33 contains a preview for Warren Ellis' Planetary and looks like a story for Comico Ridiculoso. What is really going on in this cover? A giant baby is beer bonging a bathtub full of White Russians?|
|Fell received two Eisner Awards nominations, for Best New Series and Best Continuing Series. Transmetropolitan #23 contains a preview for 100 Bullets. If you're into previews. If not, read the story. Any Transmetropolitan comic is worth the purchase just for the read.|
Next are some of the keys already surrounding Mr. Warren Ellis. These books are all worth the pickup and hold (most can even be sold now) as they will retain their value and only go up with time.
Next are four trade paper backs that are a must pickup if you enjoy reading Warren Ellis. No I'm not speculating on TPB's (some are actually worth good money), but if you see these online or in the wild cheap, it's definitely worth the pickup. Thor Vol 1 TPB #5 features the Warren Ellis World Engine story. Ellis is quoted as saying the setting of newuniversal is “an alternate world where America is somewhat isolationist, Soviet Russia fell apart early and China took the lead in spaceflight,” and contains some nice Salvador Larroca art. Ellis' quote on Freak Angels, “I've written two hundred pages and I still have no idea what it's about . . .,” shows that this is a must read. Crécy depicts some of the events surrounding the historical Battle of Crécy and a wonderful read for anybody, especially history buffs.