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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (26 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159291084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910847
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis has created and written The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Orbiter, the award-winning Planetary, Ministry of Space and much more. Juan Jose Ryp is a Spanish comic book artist whose has worked on Black Summer, No Hero, Frank Miller's take on Robocop, Moon Knight, Punisher, and Wolverine.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb 2010
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Warren Ellis is fascinated by the concept of the super-hero. Whether he actually likes it or loathes it or simultaneously likes and loathes the concept I don't know. What I do know is that he has written some of the best super-hero stories of modern times -Planetary- and some of the most (not bad but) horrendous -like this one, which falls into the deconstruction category, a theme to which he keeps returning. I can't begin to describe it without giving away what it's about, though I can outline the setup.

Since 1966 a group of superheroes has been defending individuals, 'the little man'. Sometimes they die and are replaced. Following the murder of two of the group, a very straight-edge young man who wants to become a super-hero starts acting as a vigilante to advertise his suitability and he is duly recruited.

What happens next you will have to find out for yourself. Needless to say there are deep dark and dangerous secrets. There is incredibly brutal violence and genuine horror. This is not for the faint-hearted and is about as far away from Superman as you can get. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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As with Warren Ellis's superb Black Summer, this is not the superhero world of DC or Marvel but, rather, the kind of intelligent, dark, thoughtful and bloody tale that Mr Ellis excels at so well. Much of his work for Avatar Press is a delight, especially for this comic reader who, although enjoying some mainstream superhero fair, does tend to prefer the very adult work that Avatar Press release.

As with Black Summer this seems to be a one off story, done and dusted in eight original issues that make up this lovely hardcover book. That's fine with me as it's great to buy a complete work in one volume, though I do feel that there is always mileage for much more from Mr Ellis with such interesting characters and it's a testament to his strength as a writer (and to his very fertile imagination) that he can spit them out, chew them up and then happily move onto new, equally interesting things. And chew them up he does. His work with the great Juan Jose Ryp is usually hyper-violent (as with Black Summer and the delightfully twisted Conan-esque Wolfskin) and we are talking, within the tight confines of a very well plotted storyline, eviscerations and decapitations and the squashing of heads.

And, as for that artwork, well, I suppose Juan Jose Ryp's incredibly detailed work is an acquired taste. It's certainly artwork that I absolutely adore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 April 2014
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I like these new comic books coming out about "the other side" of superheroes - Garth Ennis' "The Boys" is a good example of the popularity of these kinds of stories. In that book "supes" are policed by a CIA type organisation called "The Boys" who are ordinary people (albeit a bit psycho). But how? They are injected with something that gives them incredible strength so they are a match for the supes. It's a very quick scene where the new guy "Huey" gets injected and then takes on the supes. In Warren Ellis' "No Hero" this transition from ordinary person to superhero is looked at more closely.

When the new guy gets recruited to this superhero organisation who help police the world, he is given a pill that will give him incredible powers. What happens next is detailed in superbly horrific and gory detail by the excellent Juan Jose Ryp. It's a wordless nightmare, a 21st version of Hieronymous Bosch or Dante, but in far more horrifying imagery.

What happens next is the dismantling of the superhero organisation, piece by piece, in deliciously psychotic scenes. Great fun to read, even better to see with Ryp's astonishingly detailed art, with an original take on these new anti-superhero comics. Warren Ellis back on form with this great book.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Jan 2011
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I like these new comic books coming out about "the other side" of superheroes - Garth Ennis' "The Boys" is a good example of the popularity of these kinds of stories. In that book "supes" are policed by a CIA type organisation called "The Boys" who are ordinary people (albeit a bit psycho). But how? They are injected with something that gives them incredible strength so they are a match for the supes. It's a very quick scene where the new guy "Huey" gets injected and then takes on the supes. In Warren Ellis' "No Hero" this transition from ordinary person to superhero is looked at more closely.

When the new guy gets recruited to this superhero organisation who help police the world, he is given a pill that will give him incredible powers. What happens next is detailed in superbly horrific and gory detail by the excellent Juan Jose Ryp. It's a wordless nightmare, a 21st version of Hieronymous Bosch or Dante, but in far more horrifying imagery.

What happens next is the dismantling of the superhero organisation, piece by piece, in deliciously psychotic scenes. Great fun to read, even better to see with Ryp's astonishingly detailed art, with an original take on these new anti-superhero comics. Warren Ellis back on form with this great book.
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