Ah, our dystopian future. How very fascinating you are!
It’s not a stretch to say that, right now, we’re all fairly interested in the end of days. Just take a look at the television line-up recently. Network (and non-network) shows that have the near term apocalypse as their storytelling core have been all over the dial. Heck, I’ve got my mother planning her Sunday evenings by The Walking Dead. My mother!
It’s not so different in comic book land either. And today gives us one of my most eagerly anticipated new releases this year: Injection #1.
Follow me after the jump for the scoop on this story of stories, written and drawn by the acclaimed Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvy!
Written by: Warren Ellis
Illustrated by: Declan Shalvy
Published by: Image Comics
So, Image Comics is at it again, publishing the work of award-winning master storyteller, Warren Ellis. I first came upon his work with Planetary. A fantastic science fiction series that examined varies versions of the superhero and superhero history, as it exists in a multiverse. It was crazy, fun, stuff. You might remember that I wrote about the series once before, right here.
Last year, I highlighted the Ellis monthly comic book, Trees. That too was a fascinating science fiction series that placed the spotlight firmly on human beings despite an alien omnipresence. You can read up on that series here.
But it’s Ellis’ new story, the monthly Injection, that’s got my interest today.
Injection tells the tale of five scientists who experimented on the earth – and in doing so, poisoned it to the verge of collapse. It’s not a far stretch to immediately see the comparisons to our own, real world, is it? Whether it’s landfill sites, decisions on storing nuclear waste material, fracking or turning the switch on the Haydron Collider, the best science fiction stories always remark on our day-to-day existence.
In Injection, the five scientists who set our world toward the brink of apocalypse now seek to remedy that situation.
There a great interview with series illustrator Declan Shalvy on Comic Book Resources wherein he talks about the story and his process. You can read that interview here.
Billed as a sci-fi, horror, crime, techno-thriller and ghost story all rolled into one, Injection #1 is the comic book to pick up today. Make the run to your local comic book story and inject yourself into this story.