Comic(s) Relief: Warren Ellis’ Injection Explores A World Gone Weird
With a resume that includes stellar titles like Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and Global Frequency, writer Warren Ellis excels at creating two of our favorite things: comics and science fiction. He’s got a knack for blending bleeding-edge scientific concepts with unforgettable characters and a pitch-black sense of humor that guarantees I’m interested in pretty much everything he does. Now he’s shared a preview of his upcoming Image series, Injection, in his Orbital Operations newsletter. The series sees Ellis reteaming with artists Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, his partners from Marvel’s 2014 Moon Knight series. Injection is slated for an unspecified 2015 release, but in the meantime you can check out the intriguing synopsis and preview art below.
Once upon a time, there were five crazy people, and they poisoned the 21st Century. Now they have to deal with the corrosion to try and save us all from a world going too weird to support human life.
INJECTION is the new ongoing series created by the acclaimed creative team of MOON KNIGHT. It is science fiction, tales of horror, strange crime fiction, techno-thriller and ghost story all at the same time. A serialised sequence of graphic novels about how loud and strange the world is getting, about the wild future and the haunted past all crashing into the present day at once, and five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the growing weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection.
This Week’s New Comics
Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone #6 (IDW Publishing)
After finding the Dying Vault Scrolls, the group looks to Tannis to try and make sense of them. But the only way for Tannis to do that is to dive back into the most painful parts of her time on Pandora — the times that drove her from her sanity!
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #127 (Dark Horse)
Agent Howards’s past as a prehistoric warlord gives clues to how the BPRD can kill the monster they’ve been chasing. But will Howards be able to put his knowledge to use before the whole squad gets wiped out?
Burning Fields #1 (BOOM! Studios)
The team that brought you one of the best-reviewed comics of 2014 returns in 2015 to create a new horror tale unlike any other. A geopolitical drama with monster mythos, Burning Fields is a story for both fans of Zero Dark Thirty and The Thing, as the writers of Roche Limit and Enormous explore the evil that lurks when greed drives one to drill too deep into the unknown.
Dana Atkinson, a dishonorably discharged army investigator, is pulled back to the Middle East when a group of American oil technicians disappear under bizarre circumstances. With the help of an Iraqi investigator, what Dana discovers is unimaginable: a series of unusual incidents at the drill site lead her and her unlikely ally to discover a mythic evil that has been released, one that threatens both the lives of the entire region and the fragile peace that exists.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #7 (Titan Comics)
The day after tomorrow — and the Vrezian Confederacy and the J’arrodic Federation have brought their ‘honorable’ air-war to Earth. They’re not here to invade, and they’re being exceptionally considerate about collateral damage, all things considered. But human air travel is at a standstill, our culture is collapsing, the skies are clogged with toxic smog. And UNIT can’t do a thing, as the aliens vaporize the weapons stockpile of any country that dares interfere! The deadlock needs a peaceful and clever solution; let’s hope the Doctor is up to the job! And in the middle of it all, Alice is given a shocking offer she dare not refuse!
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #4 (Titan Comics)
Four-armed is forewarned! Past, present and future collide, as the Doctor, Clara and their Indian allies struggle to unravel a mystery that has been millennia in the planning! What secrets are hidden by the Scindia family, a dynasty whose powerful roots trace back over a thousand years? What strange genetic modifications fuel the death cult of the Thuggee? And how does a humble Mumbai pickpocket figure into these world-changing events? As each Thuggee sacrifice comes closer to waking the ancient Kali from her slumber, can the Doctor uncover the truth before her resurrection spells doom for India, Earth, and the galaxy?
Drifter #3 (Image Comics)
In his quest for revenge, Abram Pollux heads deep below the surface where he discovers that humans are not the dominant life form on Ouro.
Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #1 (IDW Publishing)
Once upon a time, a troupe of has-been actors that starred on an old sci-fi show were enlisted by an alien race to save them from an intergalactic tyrant. Despite being way out of their depth, the cast somehow managed to save the aliens and stay alive… but their actions in outer space may have had dire consequences for another world. Join us this January as the cast of GALAXY QUEST returns for another bombastic journey into space!
Guardians of the Galaxy #23 (Marvel Comics)
Venom finally takes a trip home! Can’t wait to meet its folks. Or…the thing it spawned from…or whatever… But with the symbiote becoming more and more uncontrollable, this may be seriously bad news for the Guardians. I mean…come on guys! Can’t they have ONE nice vacation? Always with the monsters and aliens and lasers and stuff…
Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges #1 (IDW Publishing)
His name is Judge Death and in his eyes all life is crime! Together with his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis, the super-fiend from Deadworld is determined to end all life in Mega-City One once and for all! This compilation features classic Judge Death tales from the pages of 2000 AD, including his stunning debut story by co-creators John Wagner and Brian Bolland.
Legendary Star-Lord #8 (Marvel Comics)
Couples fight. We all know they do. Especially when one half of the couple is Peter Quill. You know what we find often helps a rough patch? Space mischief and scoundreling! That’s a word, right? Of course, it can also distract you from the whole…guarding the galaxy thing. Relationships, am I right?
Millennium #1 (IDW Publishing)
Fifteen years ago, the end of the world — the anticipated ‘Millennium Event’ — was avoided thanks to the efforts of Frank Black and FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Or was it? Frank’s psychic gifts have been showing him that evil has continued to grow unabated in the world, and he’s trying his best to ignore it. But soon the resurgence of the Millennium Group and their quest to find Frank’s daughter Jordan will pull him into the fray once again, whether he likes it or not!
Rocket Raccoon #7 (Marvel Comics)
It’s a cosmic calamity as Rocket tries to fix his past…er… bad calls! Next stop: the dreaded WINTER PLANET! Winter all the time? Worst. Planet. Ever. Rocket Raccoon rockets into our hearts with the series beloved by Marvel fans everywhere!
Rocket Salvage #2 (BOOM! Studios)
When Primo Rocket finds out the alien and robot federation are gunning after him in search of a long-lost mythical weapon, he has no choice but to rope his family into an adventure across the galaxy to find the alien responsible. Too bad he is locked away in the most dangerous and impenetrable Kaijer Prison Planet known to man!
Samurai Jack #16 (IDW Publishing)
A prophet calling himself the ‘Master of Time’ hides within a compound crawling with untold monsters and deadly traps. Jack the Samurai will need to become Jack the Infiltrator if he hopes to gain an audience with the mysterious master.
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #2 (IDW Publishing)
The colossal crossover nobody ever expected continues! Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew have landed on the Planet of the Apes — but how?! And how are the Klingons involved? Plus: Taylor meets up with Kirk and Spock, but will he greet them with open arms? Or flying bullets?
The Strain: The Night Eternal #5 (Dark Horse)
A game-changing rescue mission is underway as our heroes storm the veritable slaughterhouse Camp Liberty, in search of Dr. Nora Martinez!
* Continues the story of the critically acclaimed comic The Strain!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #42 (IDW Publishing)
Part 2 of ‘Attack on Technodrome!’ An unusual alliance makes its first moves as Fugitoid, Baxter, and Krang aim to outwit each other. The twists and turns are just beginning as the Technodrome is mere moments away from activation!
Transformers #37 (IDW Publishing)
THE ONYX PROTOCOL! As PROWL confronts SPIKE over the human’s betrayal, the mystery of G.B. Blackrock and the Onyx Interface deepens. Meanwhile, Tokyo becomes a battleground as Arcee faces the Constructicons… and Galvatron!
Transformers: Punishment (IDW Publishing)
OPTIMUS PRIME RETURNS TO CYBERTON! And someone is killing Decepticons. PRIME teams with WINDBLADE to uncover the identity of the vigilante… but the answers will uncover darker secrets than anyone expected!
• The stage is set for COMBINER WARS!
• OPTIMUS PRIME and WINDBLADE on the hunt for a killer!
• Will the AUTOBOTS stand up when DECEPTICON lives are at stake?
The Twilight Zone: Shadow & Substance #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)
A successful but deeply troubled writer returns to his home town for a book signing, to find that he’s stepped back in time to encounter his abused and maladjusted younger self. Can he save the boy from the misery coming his way? Should he, when it’s the trials he endured that made him the man he became?
Winterworld #6 (IDW Publishing)
Snowblind! Scully is sightless and must rely on Wynn to survive in a world that seeks to kill them at every turn. Their stolen vehicle is carjacked in turn by even more dangerous lowlifes. And their oldest enemy, Skitters, has stalked them across two frozen oceans and two icy continents and is now within striking distance. It’s a cruel world populated by crueler people where each day, each moment, might be your last.
Zombies vs. Robots #1 (IDW Publishing)
The first-ever ONGOING Zombies vs. Robots series, bringing you… new robots! A renewed zombie threat! New human survivors! And an all-new world ready for the taking from one or more of these factions… Part 1 of ‘Inherit the Earth!’ and ‘The Orphan’ start here!