Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 13:27
IGNITION CITY #1
WARREN ELLISART BY:
GIANLUCA PAGLIARANIINKS BY:
CHRIS DRIERCOLORS BY:
WRAP AROUND COVER
INCENTIVE DESIGN SKETCH COVER
Warning: Contains Issue Spoilers
Berlin: the year is 1956 and we are introduced to two characters having a conversation in “The Explorers Club” - Mr. Crabb and Mary. Space travel has already come, and gone, as it appears nations around the world have made it illegal.
Mary and Mr. Crabb’s conversation gives us the background on the history this alternate story takes place. As stated above we learn that nations have outlawed space travel including France, which now completely shuts off space travel for all of Europe, save Britain -- but that is useless as its all government controlled and controlled by a government with little power. Having rocket ships flying around would look bad for a country still trying to pay for a war -- and here (Berlin) everybody knows how the Russians got sent out of East Berlin.
Mr. Crabb goes on to explain the Russians are coming for a visit and he has been called back by MI6 to do some work. Mary receives a telegram by Mr. Crabb’s butler which states her father has passed away.
Mary had a close relationship with her father who traveled in space and which she emulated. However, his duties often made him leave home for months which the Mrs. wasn’t at all fond of. Seems her father, Rock Raven, became a hero stopping a Martian missile plot.
Mary heads to Ignition City, the Earth’s last remaining spaceport. She lands and is “processed” by their immigration agents where she is informed all guns are banned and will be held until she leaves. Also, she has to give twenty four hours notice if she intends to leave the earth.
Next, we are taken to the "World’s End Bar" and meet a real peculiar individual. This man, Bronco, claims to be from the future having been shot back in time and is now stuck in Ignition City. He grabs a bottle of booze and leaves having nothing better to do.
We also meet, Gayle Ransom, the proprietor of the establishment who is informed by her bouncer or hired gun, Piet Vanderkirk, that the next supplies shipment is arriving. She complains about always receiving food pills and wants some real food. She wants him to persuade Wallis to give them some.
Wallis arrives with the food, drinks and mentions the food pills. Piet says they want some real food to which Wallis replies it will cost them exta. Piet snaps his arm and threatens to break his neck when a guy with a gun attempts to shoot Piet. Well, Piet pulls out a really big gun and fries the poor sucker. He then blasts Wallis and threatens to ..do a bit more.. to anyone thinking the same.
Mary arrived with the delivery, walks by Piet and into the World’s End.
She introduces herself to Gayle, the bar owner and explains her situation. Gayle informs her she did know her father and Mary won’t like a thing she has to say.
Damn fine first issue!
Seems something majored happened because of their adventures in outer space and that’s the reason for the big shut down. So I suppose if you were one of those space pilots and everywhere was closed where would you end up? Not having a pot to piss in and being a former space hero, you end up in Ignition City.
The art and the writing go hand in hand. Ellis gives us background through character conversations and thoughts while the art team compliments this with "rust"-ic portrayals of the different vehicles of transportation such as rocket ships, blimps and prop planes.
We are really only led to feel anything for one character, Mary. She seems to be that “aviator-type,” having that, perhaps, rebellious and free spirit (she is a red head) and Ellis is using her to introduce us to this alternate earth, its landscapes and machinations.
Let’s see, the book has the feel of say, if early space development paralleled early aviation development - - and that development never had a chance to continue.
That’s what you get here.
This book is meant for adults with certain expletives throughout. I have no problem with that as the character’s dialect is definitely representative of the book’s atmosphere. If you have ever been in a dive bar nothing you read here should be a surprise.
I definitely recommend this book.
Sure its four bucks, but this is an Indie title and Indie’s have always been a tad bit more than the big two anyway which is arguably justifiable.
Plus, it’s a lot different than anything I have picked up as of late and was a really fun read
. Add to it, the coloring and art on the book was absolutely terrific and I can’t say enough how it complimented the writing. Quick word on the covers - having four covers is a bit much, however the wrap around is nice.
This book is a “blast!”