Thursday 25 July 2013

#CBR5 Book 102. "Global Frequency" by Warren Ellis and assorted artists

Page count: 288 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Global Frequency is an international, independent organisation founded by the mysterious and secretive Miranda Zero. It's made up from 1001 agents all over the world and deals with occurrences and situations too big, strange or dangerous to be handled by conventional means, such as eco-terrorism, mass hysteria, or secret government cyborgs out of control. The agents range from law enforcement representatives, both active and retired, professors, scientists, tech savvy teenagers, intelligence operatives and just generally experts in some field or other. Every single member can be called on in a crisis, connected in a world wide nexus, controlled by the enigmatic Aleph, who sits at the centre of the organisation and co-ordinates everything.

This series was originally published from 2002-2004, and I was sorry to discover that there are only the ten issues collected in this one volume. Each issue is a stand-alone story, featuring a few of the various agents of Global Frequency. The only recurring characters in each story are Miranda Zero and Aleph, and I'm assuming Zero must do constant recruiting, as being an agent for the organisation frequently seems to be very dangerous, and quite a few of the agents don't survive their various missions. Each issue is illustrated by a different artist, which adds to the separateness of the stories. Not all the stories were as entertaining, and in certain cases, I didn't really like the art much (the more I read of graphic media, the more it's becoming clear that it doesn't matter how good the writing is, if I don't like the art).

Global Frequency is an action packed and exciting mini series. Ennis can be an extremely capable writer when he sets his mind to it. I liked the episodic feel of the various issues, but was sorry to see that we don't find out more about Aleph, Miranda Zero and the bigger purposes for the organisation. I would really have liked to keep reading the series, with a "new crisis each issue", and the occasional development on the founding and background of the group. Sadly, that is not to be, so I guess I should be grateful that I liked more of the ten issues in the collection than not.

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