This is the first issue of a very promising new comic from writer Warren Ellis whose synopsis goes like this:
Once upon a time, there were five crazy people, and they poisoned the 21st Century. Now they have to deal with the corrosion to try and save us all from a world becoming too weird to support human life. INJECTION is the new ongoing series created by the acclaimed creative team of Moon Knight. It is science fiction, tales of horror, strange crime fiction, techno-thriller, and ghost story all at the same time. A serialized sequence of graphic novels about how loud and strange the world is getting, about the wild future and the haunted past all crashing into the present day at once, and about five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the growing weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection.
I like the idea of the 21st century being ‘poisoned’ as so far, it’s been a very, very fucked up century of advancements and extremism from all possible angles creating an environment that’s disconcerting, not to mention often deeply disturbing as all the old certainties we’d come to get used to last century have been broken down.
This is very much Ellis setting up the premise and in doing so has some welcome discussion of the idea of Britishness, though in lesser hands this scene could be astonishingly cack-handed but Ellis just about makes it work.
I’m not sure if this is going be something like The X Files or god forbid, Torchwood, let alone something like Doomwatch, but Injection #1 is an interesting set up full of mysterious British government officials, scientists and strange goings on. It could very well be one of those comics Warren Ellis does to pay the bills, but it doesn’t really feel like that. It feels like something else but at this stage I’m completely unsure what and that is why I’ll be coming back next issue.