Anna Mercury #1

Writer: Warren Ellis Publisher: Avatar Press Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Apr 6, 2008

    Until I read the final page of this issue, I thought that the story was a reasonably enjoyable romp that made good use of some fairly derivative sci-fi and superhero concepts, but that Anna Mercury was not a book that was going to provide much in the way of originality and innovation. However, the final page puts a twist on the story that provides the book with a fairly unique hook, taking its audience's willingness to suspend our disbelief and pulling it out from underneath us, replacing what we thought we knew about the story with a completely different (yet equally imaginative - and equally imaginary) concept - and all with a single line of dialogue. It's a strong idea that strikes me as the kind of wacky notion that Grant Morrison might come up with, and which offers up all sorts of intriguing possibilities for the story the more you think about it. I'm glad that this final development wasn't spoiled before I read the issue - and I won't spoil it here - as that pleasant surprise Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Apr 6, 2008

    This is a solid opening chapter to a story that works on a couple of different levels, and looks to be expanding outward even more as the climactic revelation is explored in issues to come. This is the first of a series of minis Ellis has planned for Anna Mercury, so I don't expect answers to all of my questions, but the world he's constructed here has enough possibilities to fuel many, many stories. Plus, this one's a bit more accessible than Doktor Sleepless, and less overtly political than Black Summer, so if any of Ellis' Avatar work is going really find a broad audience, it should be this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady Apr 6, 2008

    So overall, it's an interesting issue that definitely gives enough reason to come back for more. Ellis's technological sci-fi ideas are always interesting and enjoyable, and he does a great job of exploring their impact on society. I have an inkling that he might be going for an allegory of the war in Iraq, but we'll have to wait until future issues to see if I'm reaching or not. But even without that aspect, it looks to be interesting, exciting reading, so I'll definitely be there. Read Full Review

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