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Product details

  • 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)

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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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This is a great read, in a similar vein to comics such as The Authority or even The Ultimates, taking a look at how super humans would possibly behave in the "real world". John Horus, one of the surviving members of a team of science/technolgy based super heroes called the Seven Guns decides to take the law into his own hands by assasinating what he's percieves as a corrupt american government in order to give power back to the american people. Typically the rest of the Guns must come together to deal with the fallout grom this attack and all hell breaks loose. The writing is typically Warren Ellis and an interesting and believable world is put together before people start to get killed in inventive and unusual ways, and the story is actually thought provoking, but not in a deep way. Juan Jose Ryp is not your typical American comic artist, perhaps because he's not American, and his art may not appeal to some, but you can not fault his eyes foe detail and the work that goes into every panel is phenomenal, just check out his Apache gunship drawings. His designs are pretty good too, very different from the usual superhero character design. If your looking for a good superhero comic with a more mature subject matter than typical good versus evil then give this a go. The characters are very morally ambiguous with deeper motive than to just be ggod guys and the story a complete self contained read with no need for knowledge of the lengthly history of most comics.
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At the core of this book are political & moral issues, but for most of the time they take a back seat to big explosions and gunplay.

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.
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In a world where superheroes police the world, one superhero goes ultra-pious and decides that the US President isn't good enough to lead the country and murders him along with his staff and key members of his administration. This leads the Army to take out the rogue superhero while his former colleagues wonder how it came to this - weren't they supposed to be doing good?

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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I bought it for my son he loves it.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 15 May 2012
By Tony Monchinski - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy graphic novels but I was never much into superheroe comics--with the exception of Kirkman's Invincible--until this whole super anti-hero genre started taking off...titles like The Watchmen, Irredeemable, The Boys, etc. Black Summer falls within this group and is great! The United States of America is exposed for the corrupt, morally bankrupt behemoth it is by John Horus, America's most dangerous superhero, who takes out the president and VP and holds the country accountable by demanding new elections. What's left of the govt. and the military responds by going after the remaining members of Horus' team of gun-enhanced supes, setting the stage for largescale slaughter and mayhem. Great stuff! The artwork is stunningly detailed and reminds me a lot of an Image title I used to read and miss dearly, Trencher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining ride but not enough follow through 16 Jan. 2009
By Kid Kyoto - Published on Amazon.com
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The premise is brilliant. In 2006 a superhero kills the President of the United States citing the Iraq War and stolen elections. His teammates find themselves hunted by the army as the U.S. descends into chaos.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Warren Ellis 11 May 2010
By Evzenie Reitmayerova - Published on Amazon.com
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you like your superheroes to be different... do you like Watchmen? this is another excellent book with totally different superheroes.
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.
highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It may not be what you think. 24 Jan. 2009
By Brieston Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Black Summer is a political action drama, draped in superhero fiction; it's premise being the question of when you are the one holding the power, where is the line between good and bad, and what is the difference between what is "just" and what is "right"?
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellis at his Best!!!! 18 May 2011
By Andrew L. Small - Published on Amazon.com
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Another great super book from Ellis that also takes a look at the current landscape of our country.

Tons of action which starts out from page 1 in a shocker. Pick it up for sure.
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