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Red/Tokyo Storm Warning Paperback – June 1, 2004


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Collecting two of writer Ellis's (Planetary; Global Frequency) mini-series, this is a lightweight but sporadically entertaining journey into two much-traveled genres. Red has a greater unity of theme and unfolding action, following the gruesome trail of a retired CIA killer who reacts with violence when the agency decides to eliminate him. Hamner's slick art is up to the bloody mayhem, and while the twists aren't entirely unexpected, there are lots of them. While the story's point is that there's no one to root for—the killer is a self-admitted monster even though he was acting under orders of his bosses—this eliminates the need for readers to care about the outcome. Tokyo Storm Warning is more of a trifle: giant robots and giant lizards clash in an alternate-history Tokyo that the U.S. hit with an atom bomb. Enter Zoe Flynn, an American pilot who's been brought as a replacement operator for immense, Transformer-like robots known as ARCangels. Ellis is known for his social science fiction, and regular readers who suspect there's more here than meets the eye will be correct, although the payoff is quite slight, basically an excuse to watch giant robots and monsters fight for a while. The story's fun is blunted somewhat by Raiz's art, which is detailed but cluttered and hard to follow.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wildstorm (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401202837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401202835
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,114,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 4, 2010
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Let monsters sleep. If only the CIA would abide by this smidgen of wisdom. But the agency is under new management, the new Director undergoing orientation. Part of this orientation includes the disclosure of top secret files featuring a CIA operative whose sanctioned activities are so vile, the appalled new Director there and then decides that this man must be terminated, his files expunged. This, even though the operative had long since retired and gotten old. Let monsters sleep. Let Paul Moses alone. But the CIA doesn't.

In his twilight years Paul Moses prefers living in seclusion. He indulges in the occasional phone conversation with his friendly CIA case worker and he dotes on his little niece. And because he's done some really awful stuff in his past, he sometimes wallows in guilt. Paul Moses has kept mum. It was promised he'd be left alone, that was part of the deal. One evening the assassins come for him.

In the genre of "mindless violence" comics, RED rates highly. Except that the "mindless violence" tag is tempered somewhat by Warren Ellis's infusion of some nice characterization work. Paul Moses isn't what you'd call a sympathetic protagonist. He's absolutely an anti-hero, and whatever remorse was haunting him sort of goes away once he's attacked by the CIA. But, in one sense, you do know where he's coming from, why he chooses to exact revenge. It's one of those code of honor things. There are only four characters of note here - and a bunch of CIA goons whom Moses soon converts into dead meat - but the most interesting character is probably Michael Beesley, the politically assigned new Director of CIA.
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So I finally got the book today from Amazon, and literally JUST finished it.
Here is my quickie review:
If you love cheesy giant monster films from Japan you will definitely love this. To describe it without giving it too much away, just image Godzilla, Evangelion, and Gundam all mixed together. The story only last three issues so it is pretty short, which is my only complain.
The art is amazing. I love how James Raiz and Andrew Currie drew the people, mecha, and monsters.

The story starts off in 1945 (WWII) with the American Navy finding a ship that is going to Tokyo with uranium on it. After learning about it the President of United States decided to A-Bomb the s*** out of Tokyo. Then the story flash forward to present day, and we are introduced to our protagonist Zoe Flynn. Zoe is apparently on a exchange program in Japan to pilot, what turns out to be, a giant mecha (robot) called ARCarngels.
In this universe futuristic/scifi weapon just suddenly appeared in Tokyo; giant robots, laser guns, suits, and even giant monsters. [They explained it at the end don’t worry]
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Warren Ellis did his take on Godzilla with this mini-series. Set in an alternate history, the U.S. first bombed Tokyo in 1945 instead of Hiroshima. Fast forward to modern day, where Tokyo is constantly harassed by giant monsters. Zoe Flynn joins the Tokyo Storm crew, who defend the city with mecha called ARCangels which also just showed up and the Japanese modified for Tokyo Storm to operate. The secret behind all the giant robots and monsters is tied to a St. Elsewhere-styled ending, but definitely worth looking up. It's available as its own trade, and as a double-feature with Ellis' other title, Red.
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