- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Avatar Press; Original ed. edition (9 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592910521
- ISBN-13: 978-1592910526
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1 x 25.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black Summer Paperback – 9 Oct 2008
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About the Author
Warren Ellis is the award-winning British author of comic books, novels, and television, most often recognized for his sociocultural commentary and ground-breaking work in the genre of science fiction. His most recognizable works include Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority. He maintains a consistent online presence which includes the weekly delivery of the FREAKANGELS web comic to millions of fans. Ellis has published over 25 different creator-owned projects through Avatar Press (including BLACK SUMMER, IGNITION CITY, and GRAVEL, the last of which is in development as a film through Legendary Pictures), with many more planned.
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Juan Jose Ryp's artwork is spectacularly detailed (if a little stiff for my taste); comparisons to Geoff Darrow aren't far off the mark.
Ellis' story raises some interesting issues but only hints at personalities for many of the characters; I wouldn't have minded seeing some of the double-page explosions trimmed to allow a little more characterisation.
This isn't by any means classic Ellis, but it's a decent enough read and zips by pretty quickly.
I wanted to like this book more than I did mostly because Warren Ellis is a wonderful writer and partly because I'd heard so many good things about the book but I came away from it thinking "Is that it?". The story seems very similar to Ellis' other famous superhero series "The Authority" where a group of superheroes police the globe and take things into their own hands and away from the governments of the world as they are too corrupt while the Authority are "more evolved". The fallout from that is similar to the chaos that ensues in "Black Summer" but the characters aren't as interesting as Hawksmoor, Swift, Jenny Sparks, the Engineer, Midnighter, Apollo and the Doctor.
The superhero's "powers" are kind of stupid too - super-guns give them the ability to take out tanks and helicopters but they can also say a password that turns them into a different shape (eg. Regular man says password and becomes masked muscle man) and have other powers. It's a bit too Manga for Ellis' gritty storylines and wasn't very compelling.
Juan Jose Ryp's artwork is amazingly detailed. His double pages of fighting and gore is eye-catching and have you staring at it for ages before turning the page. It reminds me of Geof Darrow's work but Ryp's style is more dynamic.
Not a bad book as superhero stories go and filled with more ideas and is far more interesting than your average DC/Marvel comic is but a disappointingly weak effort from the usual brilliance I've come to expect from Warren Ellis.
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Ellis does a good job of quickly introducing his original superheroes and setting up their premise. Juan Jose Ryp's art is kinetic and fun, he does great gunfights and explosions and Ellis makes sure he has plenty of chances to do both. The heroes have an interesting modern design based more on motorcross suits and military uniforms than superhero spandex.
So Black Summer is quite a bit of fun. But the promise is never fulfilled. there's no real time spent on how people on the street are reacting, we don't even hear who is running the country with the President and VP dead (legally it would be Speaker of the House but it's never mentioned). We get a line or two about riots or fighting within the military but nothing definite.
Despite the inflammatory premise Bush is never named or shown and not much detail about what drove the hero to kill him.
So we end up with an exciting, well-drawn story of high tech heroes vs the US Army and each other but not much substance.
the art is excellent, the book is gory, Warren Ellis at his best.
too bad it wasnt longer.
product quality is high, good print, good paper.
The book can be a tad heavy handed in some of it's political themes, and some of the character dialogue can at times feel a bit clunky; it's by no means a brilliant book, but if you're a mature fan of graphic novels, and dark superhero stories, then it's definitely worth a read.
Tons of action which starts out from page 1 in a shocker. Pick it up for sure.