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Black Summer Paperback – October 7, 2008
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Chaos, of course, ensues.
Not the least of which for his estranged former teammates, who now find them the targets of every force the stunned government can bring to bear, on the presumption that they are all in on a conspiracy to overthrow the United States.
Except the truth is more complicated and messy than that, and as the history of the team of superheroes is gradually revealed it becomes clear that none of these people are exactly psychologically stable. And maybe you don't want unstable people wielding enough power to level cities. Or maybe the power made them unstable.
In a twisty, action-packed and over-the-top violent tale, Ellis & the hyper detailed artist Juan Jose Ryp explore a world not unlike the one of Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, and asks the pertinant questions of what might happen if a super-being decided that he had some kind of moral responsibility to step outside the normal functions of society.
In the midst of this is a fun and intriguing cast of characters, the former superteam that operate as clandestine vigilantes of mass destruction. Their personalities and powers are the driving force of the book, with both being equally inventive and imaginative. While the ending may be a little abrupt, this is a powerful tale that manages to entertain you with action while raising troubling questions about the authority of brute force.
The plotting is a fine line in between narrative spanning the current developments of said "horrendous act" while back-pedaling to fill us in on the main characters and what led-up to the current predicament. Trying to develop where not only our "heroes" come from, but relating to one another and these powers they develop and how the responsibility or use of powers should lie and the toll of it all. The story hits the ground running from the first page, but has to fill us in on what came before. It's an interesting and semi-successful balancing act that will leave some readers with a bitter aftertaste, and some satisfied but wanting more. It has a finite ending, and I was in the "satisfied but wanting more" camp. There's no other way to it, because that is the intention of the story.
Gorgeous, eye-poppingly attentive, and painstakingly detailed artwork is on hand throughout.Read more ›
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artists: Juan Jose Ryp (pencils, inks), Mark Sweeney, Greg Waller (colors)
Collects: Black Summer #1-8
Warren Ellis is a comic book genius. Though he and I would probably be at odds on nearly any political topic we would choose to discuss, I really enjoy his comic book stories - even this one with its stronger political overtones. Warren Ellis has covered an awful lot of ground over his career, and (like me) he seems to enjoy moving from one sort of project to another. He chooses to do many different topics in his stories, and they are all entertaining. I have read a bit of just about everything he has done, and none of it did I find dull. His is a fruitful mind, and I also enjoy seeing what new project he is working on.
I have to admit, prior to seeing this book on the shelf at my local library, I had no idea this title even existed. I do not frequent comic book shops very often, and when I do, it is often to play games rather than looking for a new book to read. When I do get an opportunity to browse the shelves, I spend most of that time looking at the new stuff from Marvel or Image. This project slipped entirely under the radar for me, and I can hardly believe that my local library purchased this book and had it available as I perused the shelves. I believe that this is the first book from Avatar publications that I have read. I know that they are a smaller, newer Indy publisher, but I didn't know they had put out anything THIS GOOD!
This book is about six enhanced and weaponized American citizens who have spent a good portion of their lives working to make the world a better place - all without the approval of or assistance from the federal government.Read more ›
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This trade collects the complete Black Summer series (issues #0-7).
One of the legendary heroes known as the Seven Guns decides to take drastic action and fix corruption... Read more
"Warren Ellis' eight-issue opus of masked hero revolution, Black Summer, perfectly complimented by the stunning and explosive art of the genius Juan Jose Ryp, is nothing less... Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by G B Busby
I love Warren Ellis to death, and his work through Avatar Press is no exception. Doktor Sleepless, Gravel, Dark Blue, Supergod, Crecy, Atmospherics, and this little piece of work,... Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by N. Durham
Another great super book from Ellis that also takes a look at the current landscape of our country.
Tons of action which starts out from page 1 in a shocker. Read more
Warren Ellis writes for a cynically naive teeange fan group who believe that the world is automatically evil and wrong, yet swallow generalities like "all corporations are evil"... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Rac A. Powsky
In a world where superheroes police the world, one superhero goes ultra-pious and decides that the US President isn't good enough to lead the country and murders him along with his... Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Sam Quixote
you like your superheroes to be different... do you like Watchmen? this is another excellent book with totally different superheroes. Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by Evzenie Reitmayerova
it reads like watchmen/warren ellis statement about today us politics. very gory, politically charged superheroes story. Read morePublished on May 4, 2010 by Evzenie Reitmayerova
The struggle between established and popular power is one of Ellis' favorite topics, and in Black Summer (2008), superheroes are the major players. Read morePublished on February 13, 2010 by Jared