From the forthcoming split with Coltor. Via the mighty @erikoisdance
Nah, We agreed we wouldn't do lists. This isn't a "Best Of" -- it's just marking the fact that this is something I keep coming back to and re-reading, and which gives me pleasure on many different levels as a comicnerd, lithead and techgeek.
Supreme: Blue Rose. Written by Mister Warren Ellis. Gorgeous art by Tula Lotay.
It's a fucking good read. Not often I go back to a comic 3, 4, 5 times and pick at it, pull things out, look at the layers.
Mister Ellis has done something exceptional here: extrapolated a property that Alan Moore had already built additional stories on top of, and created something that isn't a reheated 'tribute' or hollow pastiche of the House of Moore, but tunnels off in its own direction without dynamiting, xeroxing or shitting on what came before. Without spoiling / giving too much away, Warren is - in part - riffing on the not-so-far-fetched idea that the universe is, in effect, a supermassive quantum-computer; and, since quantum systems are effectively altered by 'observing' them, he is positing the idea that the universe (or space-time or whatever you wanna call it...) can itself be altered / programmed / written-upon; that new quantum-narratives can, in effect, be created ... it's superficially a bold idea, but I don't find it too far out - let's just see where quantum-technology gets to in 300, 400 years time, eh? It may turn out to be a energy / resource issue rather than a technical problem.
But don't let my last paragraph put you off: it's a very human / humane story, full of frailty and failings, small and large truths. Fascinating characters. I'm also picking up - real or imagined - riffs / references to Gibson (Darius Dax filtered through Hubertus Bigend // Blue Ant * Blue Rose), Alphaville, Sun Ra / George Clinton, coding / hacking ("recursive" is sooo a codemonkey word), etc, etc, on top of the teetering tower of Leifeld's original analogue-borrowings from the Superman Mythos, Moores' "Revisions", etc. It's an amazing piece of work; one, I suspect that will be appreciated more after it finishes than during its run. Oh, and did I mention the gorgeous artwork...?
Is it my favourite comic of 2014? Yeah, definitely.
But I did also enjoy Mister Ellis' short run on Moon Knight. And if you're not reading Trees, then you're missing another treat.
Favourite comics that weren't written by Mister Warren Ellis? Oh, sure, there's a few... but that would be a list then, wouldn't it?
Minus points to the writer (and her editor) for use of phrases like "Consider, if you will" and "And if anthroturbation doesn’t play nice..." Still, poptech dumbdowns aside, it throws up some interesting ideas worth considering. How will our time in charge of the planet - the deep scarring, the hollows, the ruptured strata, the injected chemicals and CO2 - look to future 'geologists'? The bit about the fossil record particularly grabbed my eye: "Rats, pigs, cows and domestic cats will appear almost everywhere very suddenly, other species will disappear in a blink. It’ll be a biological merry-go-round the likes of which paleontologists have never seen.” Plus, anthroturbation is a great word.
"Boreholes—used to extract oil, natural gas, coal, metals and minerals—drive hundreds to thousands of meters into the Earth. Together, the millions of oil boreholes we’ve drilled span some fifty million kilometers, roughly the distance from Earth to Mars. It’s this “deep anthroturbation” that’s truly unprecedented in our planet’s history. And, most importantly to the geologists, this stuff’s permanent.
“The only way these marks can go away is by coming to the surface and being eroded, or getting caught up in a continental collision, or some other tectonic activity,” Zalasiewicz told me. “Any scenario for erasing them will take tens to hundreds of millions of years.”
Or you could just cut out to the paper that's being quoted.
Oh, Kek ... it's Christmas Eve; lay off the heavy stuff, man. Well, hey, I didn't pass the Citizens Security Law.
Spain sleepwalks back towards Franco Era fascism. Nasty:
"The Citizens Security Law is a new stage in the development of sweeping police-state powers. Its aim is to prevent mass demonstrations organised through social networks outside of the control of the main parties and union bureaucracies.
"Any demonstrations not previously notified to the authorities can incur a fine of up to €600,000. Anyone who reports the demonstration, re-tweets it, or puts a “like” on Facebook faces similar penalties.
"The videotaping of the police during demonstrations will be considered a serious breach of the law, with a fine of up to €30,000. The aim of this clause is to give impunity to the police, who have routinely used violence and mounted crackdowns and mass arrests in protests that have become an increasingly common occurrence in Spain since the 2008 global economic crisis.
"Another clause introduces a penalty of up to €600 for anyone who shows “disrespect to State Security Forces.” What constitutes “disrespect” is not explained. Anyone involved in assemblies or meetings in public spaces, attempting to stop evictions or occupying a bank will also face fines."
On the other hand, Greece might soon end up with a Marxist government. Wonder how long that would be allowed to last?
Ages old // but stumbled on a link today that reminded me how great this is.
Finally caught them live at Supernormal back in the summer; great stuff; those blokes really put their shoulders to the r / n / r dray-horse. Characters, as Joe would say.
Love the "Raw Power" piano-finger line and the fact that at points in this Tim sounds like Beck gone 'Eavy.
Five possible reasons why it maybe wasn't North Korea. But, in the interest of balance, it's also worth remembering that 'security experts' work for companies who profit from a non-specific / widespread fear of cyber-attack. Still, this made me chuckle:
"Sony faces the possibility of numerous lawsuits as a result of sensitive data from employees, ex-employees and various partners being exposed. According to Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and computer science at Harvard University, Sony might have some immunity from these lawsuits if this attack was part of an act of war. The government has every reason to blame North Korea as well. That is certainly stronger positioning than admitting that the hackers hid themselves well. This also discourages other nation-states from trying something similar."