You know I write a twice monthly column over on the Kirkus Reviews blog, right? And I talk about graphic novels. Not the superhero kind, but the spec fic kind. I’m always on the lookout for something different, something that breaks the Marvel/DC mold, and I found that this week with Injection from Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire.
From the post:
Imagine if you became one of these folks, a futurist, and along with some other futurists, you got together and started talking about where we are and where we’re going, and decided that we were going, well, nowhere. No new innovations. No cool new gadgets. No amazing future. We’ve reached the limit. All the ideas have been tried. Used up. From now on, we coast. What would you do? Injection asks that very question. Injection is one long mood piece, and the mood is dark and weird. The characters are all broken in their own ways. We meet Maria Kilbride first, a scientist and member of such a think-tank as described above, a collection of geniuses brought together to think about the future. When we meet Professor Kilbride, she is in a mental institution. “There’s not much left of Maria,” reads the opening line, and it’s true. She is a shell of who she once was, a woman driven now by guilt over her past actions more than anything else. And she doesn’t care if atoning for her sins ultimately destroys her, as long as she is able to end the madness she helped unleash upon the world.
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