August 23, 2009
When I talk comics with friends, the works of Warren Ellis are often recommended, so I finally picked up an Ellis graphic novel, the first volume of the Gravel series.
Gravel #1 is named for William Gravel, a cantankerous protagonist who combines magic with conventional weapons in his quest to collect the mythical Sigsand Manuscript, vanquishing foes along the way. The monsters can be truly horrifying and the violence gripping, and Ellis clearly enjoys putting his readers at the very edge of their comfort zones (in a very good way).
The dark and atmospheric artwork of Raulo Caceres complements Ellis's characters and storyline perfectly.
What Warren Ellis work should I read next?
For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.
My next book is Johnny Hiro Volume 1, by Johnny Hiro.
also at Largehearted Boy:
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)