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Warren Ellis' Crooked Little Vein Review

With the recent release of the Crooked Little Vein paperback, we expose it and all of its Internet-worthy glory. In short: Ellis wins the Internet.

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Review: Crooked Little Vein (Paperback)

Posted By: Phillip Esquivel | July 23rd, 2008

The challenge of the American road trip novel is in how to approach the various cross-sections of pure, domestic lifestyles and pull the veil to reveal something strange yet familiar about the places around us. Even harder is meeting that challenge and finding an honesty so outrageous and funny you wonder whether you should fear stepping off your lawn. Warren Ellis takes the convention of a traditional travel story and finds that you can indeed take the seedy underbelly of middle America and blow it to epic, cartoonish levels in Crooked Little Vein.

Ellis’ debut novel, just released in paperback, is a simple idea of a little story framed around a central mystery. The journey of main man Mike McGill, a detective with a knack for putting up with the bizarre and absurd, is commissioned by a heroin-addicted Chief of Staff to track a long-lost mythical document designed to return the nation to a moral standard: an alternate Constitution of the United States. Armed with government funding and a tempermental sidekick he finds on the street, Mike begins a descent into the surreal perversions and new sexualities that redefine what it means to live in a free America. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ender’s Game Comic Book Cover Art Surfaces

Posted By: Robert Coker | July 18th, 2008

Orson Scott Card’s legendary novel “Ender’s Game” is being resurrected (was it ever dead?) in comic book form. This was announced a while ago, but the comic will be making its premiere at this week’s Comic-Con in San Diego. Entertainment Weekly was given a glimpse of the cover art, which we have borrowed for your approval. While a comic is a good idea, we can’t help but wonder when they’ll get around to making the Ender’s Game movie that was talked about a few years ago and was supposed to be finished in 2008. Oh, movie industry, how you tease us so.

Ender\'s Game Goes Comic Book

As for the comic book cover, I hope the cover art is no indication of what the rest of the comic looks like. I don’t think Ender’s Game fans would be too pleased to have their beloved Ender turn out to be a stiff and two-dimensional comic book hero.

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New Zombie Movie on the Block: Chopper Zombie

Posted By: Robert Coker | July 16th, 2008

Thom Beers, best known for his pointless-but-awesome (manly, even!) Discovery Channel series’ Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch is moving on to larger pastures with his first feature film, Chopper Zombie. It will debut as a graphic novel at this year’s Comic-Con and we’ll be sure to grab some more information. The graphic novel was made with the intention of going straight-to-film. His reason for making the film:

“We’ve been doing series’ like ‘Biker Build-Off’ and ‘Monster Garage’ because I love choppers. My son Max, who’s ten, loves zombies. He told me that choppers and zombies go together – so, we gotta do it! Choppers and zombies. Creating a graphic novel and taking it right into a feature is a truly awesome experience, and wait until you see this chopper at Comic-Con.”

Beers’ son does have a point: choppers and zombies do seem to go together, in some weird, subculturally charged way. We were hoping for something more along the lines of zombies and helicopters, but you can’t always get what you want. Maybe next year.

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