With a new job approaching, I felt the need to perhaps retrieve some normalcy from past time when work was five days a week. A quick dive into the local comic store got me the latest slices of action from the mad genius that is Warren Ellis.

The second collection of his Global Frequency series has been out for about a month now and is well worth it. What immediately strikes you as you read each instalment is the discipline it probably requires to keep each story down to just 22 pages when epics like Spiderman have finished after fifty years. No wonder that Warner Bros commissioned a pilot based on the GF characters. Disappointing though that the pilot was rejected by the board after filming was complete.

One thing about Warren’s storytelling is that he is addicted to finding new ideas in technology, the internet and the cultish side of things. A wide-open mind is required to read his stuff, especially some of the more extreme episodes of GF, which most horror films should aspire to. Much more accessible then is his current mini-series, Ocean, set out on Jupiter’s moons. It’s only half way through its six issue run but already includes the malevolent, self-interested corporations of the Alien series mixed with motifs from Arthur C.Clarke’s Space Odyssey series. Given its name, I wouldn’t be surprised to see elements of James Cameron’s The Abyss at some point either. So far it’s great, but yet another three months before it’s conclusion. Grr.