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Global Frequency Detonation Radio TP Paperback – 10 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 01 edition (10 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401202918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401202910
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.8 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ellis successfully ups the ante..." -- Dreamwatch Magazine March 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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• A Global Frequency TV pilot is in production with Warner Bros., to debut this winter in the US! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Warren Ellis has made a good name for himself by writing hard edged, witty satires on the superhero genre while at the same time delivering more thrills than the 'real thing'. In fact he has been so successful at this (often subverting from wihin via X-Men spin offs etc) that 'the real thing' has started to look like something from the mind of Warren Ellis.
In this book, WE uses the device of an 'international rescue' organisation made up of extra-ordinary people but not spandex clad superheroes. These operatives are called upon to deal with weird and dangerous situations (virus bombs, dealing with an escaped bionic man, alien invasions that sort of thing) in creative and normally quite violent ways.
The dialogue is generally sharp and the character sketches are amusingly observed. This is a series not a serial and each episode focusses on different central characters so unlike The Authority or Planetary, there is no character continuity or development. This is an observation rather than a complaint because as far as this book goes, it works fine.
This book contains 6 stories, each illustrated by a different artist, all of whom are top notch. Some like Gary Leach don't publish very often but are worth their weight in gold when they do. Its also interesting to see some Jon J Muth pen and ink work again after such a long time (he is more famous for his painted works eg moon shadow). Also special mention for one of my favourite artists Steve Dillon. Probably most famous for his work with Garth Ennis on Preacher, but my fondest memories are of Laser Eraser and Pressbutton from the Warrior days. Total class.
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What you get in this book is 6 stories about a rescue organisation called Global Frequency. This agency consists of 1001 agents specialising in areas as simple as combat and upto any area of scientific research you care to think about. This organisation is run by the mysterious Miranada Zero who recruits all the agents herself and goes on the missions with her chosen operatives.
The stories here are as simple as destroying a human cyborg for the US Military when it goes mad, solving the mystery of why a town went mad after seeing an angel descend from heaven and stopping the ebola virus being released in London. And that is just 3 of them.
Each story is drawn by a different artist which lends them all a different look and feel, my personal favourite is Big Sky set in Norway and discusses the nature of magic (not stage magic, but real magic) to solve the reason for the angel...
As stated in the previous review there is a pilot being made in the states for a Global Frequency TV show and you can see why. Each of the stories here would make compulsive viewing for and hour - they even have Warren Ellis on board as Executive consultant (which means he gets to smoke and drink in the states whilst it's being made, based on his e-mails and web site).
Overall this is good quality comic fiction and my only gripe is that each story does feel exactly like a TV episode...
Overall I'm giving it 9/10 and rounding that up to 5 stars.
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To me that's the question that this bok answers.
See, there are 1,001 people on the Global Frequency. You may not know who hey are, they may even be as close to you as possible without you even suspecting it.
Then one day, they receive a call and they may end up being mankind's last hope against something so big, secret or fast that there's no other conventional mean of intervention.
A worldwide cadre of super-experts, from sportsmen to physicists, from soldiers to magicians, from astronauts to historians.
There for us when we need them.
Brought together by the mysterious Miranda Zero and coordinated by young genius Aleph, they face terrorist warmongers, racial haters, drug-crazed wound-worshipping surgeons, pain-impervious hired killers, a direct attack on their base, and an out-of-control space war plan to reduce the human race to "manageable numbers".
Warren Ellis took a relatively simple idea (but so was Columbus' legendary egg, after all) and stretches it over 12 self-contained issues, drawn by 12 different artists, detailing 12 different Global Frequency adventures - the last 6 of which are collected here for your reading pleasure.
No wonder this has twice been optoned as a TV series and you should do yourself a favor and hunt down the beautiful leaked pilot of the first, while you're at it.
The stories are mostly fast paced and sometimes really skinned down to the action, but overall you have little atom bombs of information that takes along time to properly sink and digest and thoroughly enjoy. There's really so much here for you to drool over and ponder!
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The Global Frequency is a secret network of 1001 agents led by the mysterious Miranda Zero who take out apocalyptic threats to the planet. Terrorists with ebola virus bombs, angelic reckonings of remote villages, cyborg experiments turned mass murderers, computer programs that turn people into zombies, and so forth.

Each chapter is drawn by a different artist and features a new catastrophe and a new group of agents, the only constants in the cast being Miranda Zero and Aleph (think Barbara Gordon/ Oracle). And that’s part of the problem why this book doesn’t work - there’s no time to develop characters or plot, you’re just presented with a scenario, usually involving people shouting at one another “We gotta go! Time’s running out! RUN RUN RUN!!!”, and told that there are life or death stakes, end of the world stuff, and that’s it.

We know nothing about the Global Frequency itself, it’s just there, the characters are just there and have been part of the group for years, the villains are just there to serve the purpose of being the villains - everything about the comic is so contrived. It’s the laziest type of storytelling that seems to only serve as a medium for Warren Ellis to throw out some vague ideas and work them out quickly as hypotheticals before moving on to the next shallow “story”.

I understand now where he got the approach for his Secret Avengers run at Marvel with the Global Frequency series - done in one team stories featuring singular art and “exciting” plots - but, like Secret Avengers, Global Frequency feels too rushed and superficial to fully engage me.

It does feature some excellent art from artists like Garry Leach, Glenn Fabry, Steve Dillon, David Lloyd, and Jon Muth though, so there’s that.
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