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Warren Ellis is an idea man above all. When the British writer's clever concepts work in the service of a larger story, as in the recently concluded "Transmetropolitan" (a science fiction series about a journalist investigating political corruption), the results can be thrilling and thought-provoking. In Global Frequency: Planet Ablaze (WildStorm/DC Comics, $14.95), on the other hand, the clever concepts are the story. Every issue of Ellis's "Global Frequency" series is drawn by a different artist; the first six, collected here, include art by Steve Dillon (Preacher) and David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, among others), with visual continuity provided by the cool blues and hot yellows of David Baron's coloring.
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Warren Ellis is an idea man above all. When the British writer's clever concepts work in the service of a larger story, as in the recently concluded "Transmetropolitan" (a science fiction series about a journalist investigating political corruption), the results can be thrilling and thought-provoking. In Global Frequency: Planet Ablaze, on the other hand, the clever concepts are the story. Every issue of Ellis's "Global Frequency" series is drawn by a different artist; the first six, collected here, include art by Steve Dillon (Preacher) and David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, among others), with visual continuity provided by the cool blues and hot yellows of David Baron's coloring. — Douglas Wolk
Publishers Weekly
Acclaimed comics writer Ellis (The Authority; Transmetropolitan) here creates a Mission: Impossible-style force for the 21st century. The Global Frequency is a worldwide organization comprising 1,001 members, each with a specialized talent, which combats unconventional threats to public safety. Some of these menaces are the stuff of science fiction, like a cyborg warrior gone mad. Others are potentially quite real, such as an attempt to release lethal viruses in London. This first volume collects the first six issues, each illustrated by a different artist: Leach, Fabry, Steve Dillon, Roy A. Martinez, Jon J Muth and David Lloyd. Although each artist has a different style, they all impart a grimly realistic look to Ellis's world. The Global Frequency bills itself as a rescue operation, but in practice, violence is their stock-in-trade, and it's sometimes graphically explicit. Ellis occasionally makes political and even satirical points, but for the most part these tales are dismayingly superficial. Characterizations are minimal or nonexistent. For example, the most prominent character, Miranda Zero, the Frequency's head, comes off as little more than severely businesslike. The protagonists don't seem to be conflicted over their lives of violence and danger, and the antagonists don't have multidimensional personalities. Nor is there much suspense, since few of the plot twists and turns that one expects from the genre are present. Ellis and his collaborators achieve little here, and the endings are merely unsurprising, foregone conclusions. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The Global Frequency is an elite rescue organization comprised of 1001 individuals across the world. Their ranks include such specialists as scientists, computer geeks, weapons experts, and magicians. Led by the enigmatic Miranda Zero, the team is called in when situations are so deadly or so bizarre that the traditional methods are inadequate. For instance, in Planet Ablaze, the individuals on the Frequency must hunt down and subdue a man with a chip implanted in his brain which, when activated, could open up a wormhole to drop a nuclear warhead on the city in which he stands. They must also stop a victim of cybernetic experimentation who is on a murderous rampage because of a wire in his brain that simulates sexual pleasure when he kills. A particularly fascinating episode involves a Global Frequency member who is a Le Parkour runner. She must sprint across London and scale the Eye in order to stop a madman with a case full of Ebola he plans to use to infect the city. As a whole, this graphic novel is a gore-splattered, stomach-churning, disturbing piece. Yet, it is also strangely compelling. The idea of this organization that basically acts in a superhero capacity by utilizing the various strengths of its 1001 members is an endorsement for the power of teamwork. However, the violence, gore, sexuality, and disturbing situations make this an appropriate read for mature high school students and adults only. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Wildstorm, DC Comics, 144p. illus., Ages 15 to adult.
—Heather Lisowski
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Global Frequency is an international civilian organization that inserts itself into hot spots to rescue victims and prevent disaster. Mysterious leader Miranda Zero directs a team of specialists scattered around the globe, all ready to drop their personal affairs at a moment's notice and risk their lives to save others. In the six issues collected here-each illustrated by a different artist and featuring a different cast of agents-the organization takes on such opponents as a rogue android created by the U.S. military, an alien meme that takes over human minds, and a pair of terrorist groups. Ellis (Planetary) provides intelligent, sharply written scripts full of action and ideas (not to mention bloody violence). This could be turned into a fantastic TV show; strongly recommended for older teens and adults. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781401202743
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Global Frequency Series, #1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.79 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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