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Injection #1

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 13, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 19
7.7Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

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 more

  • 10
    GWW - Tyler Pollock May 14, 2015

    Overall, this is a very good first issue. Ellis' writing is very inclusive and the story is everything you want in a first chapter of a mystery. Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire absolutely kill it on art and colouring, I couldn't think of a better team on this book. Fonograpiks' lettering is great. This is a great team and one I hope that continues. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Sushi - Stephen Poferl May 12, 2015

    Believe what you would like about the comic industry, but there is still plenty of room to tell original, thoughtful, enticing, and kick-ass original stories. I laud Image Comics for their continued commitment to giving creators like Ellis and Shalvey the platform necessary to create such memorable work. Do yourself a favor today; get up from your desk, get over to your LCS, pick up INJECTION #1, read it, twice, and then go back to work (or don't, it's really up to you). Trust me, you'll be glad you did. I know I will. Happy reading everyone! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Mike Logsdon May 13, 2015

    Injection #1 is a wonderfully strange and equally intriguing first entry. Warren Ellis presents readers with very down-to-earth characters who live in an subtlety strange world of horror and sci-fi. Ellis spends time slowly building these characters up along with intriguing new settings with that seem to be saturated with supernatural elements. Though the plot isn't entirely clear, this should be enough to capture the attention of readers. Declan Shalvey beautifully brings this new world to life and captures the sci-fi elements just as well as the horrific ones. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Overmental - Andrew Tran May 13, 2015

    Concretely, Injection #1 gives you precious little to go by"just snatches of a grander whole that will, judging by Warren Ellis' track record, surely coalesce into a jaw-dropper. Judging from his comments, the ultimate conflict will explore the ways in which current issues dovetail with recurring historical themes, and how global doom is impending, but visible only to the paranoid. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer May 14, 2015

    A quiet and meditatively ominous book, Injection knows exactly where it's going " even when it leaves the reader mostly in the shadows" and it's going to drag you along, slowly but surely, down its foreboding-as-hell rabbit hole, whether you want to go or not. It's gonna be a dark trip. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ComicBuzz - StephenFn May 13, 2015

    An enticing science fiction mystery with awesome characters and artwork. If this doesn't bring you back, the brilliant cliff-hanger in the final pages will. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett May 7, 2015

    Injection #1 is a bizarre first issue with lots of plots points and exposition, but very little understanding. The story itself is not a mystery, but the manner the creators tell it in is mysterious. That experience could be off putting, but at least Ellis appears to be writing with the strengths of his collaborators in mind. Shalvey and Bellaire are more than capable of carrying these mysteries and introverted characters. Together, they elevate the script and transform what easily could have been an odd debut into something puzzling, but pleasing. Add in the beautiful draftsmanship and coloring, andInjection #1evolves from an intellectual puzzler into must-read comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl May 13, 2015

    Even if you don't immediately enjoy the story or the characters, at least you'll get to look at the art. Declan Shalvey's pencil work is as expressive as ever, and Jordie Bellaire's color work gives the world and characters a good deal of vibrancy. Together, the duo really brings the world to life, and makes it a very believable place. So if nothing else, you've got that to look forward to. That may seem like a broad statement, but I've never met anyone who has been disappointed with the work that Shalvey and Bellaire do, and Injectionwill definitely not be the book that will change that mindset. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Eric Switzer May 13, 2015

    It is a story of failure, of control, of best intentions gone awry. I encourage you not to reject something because you cant fully understand it. The answers arent going to all come spilling out, but there is enough foundation here to settle on that Im prepared to let Ellis, Shalvey, and Bellaire take me away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez May 11, 2015

    Injection lived up to expectations, but also confused the heck out of me at some points. If a comic has ones mind racing for hours after reading it, thats definitely a good sign. People who loved this groups work on Moon Knight, liked the shows Fringe or The X-Files, or love science-fiction/thriller comics something tells me this title is for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 13, 2015

    INJECTION is easily one of the weirder books I've read this year. At first, I couldn't make heads or tails of it, but as I digested the contents of the piece, I began to start to see what makes this issue something readers should throw on their pull list. Seeing Ellis, Shalvey, and Bellaire working together again is a breath of fresh air and while this first issue didn't blow me away, it's something I am really want to continue reading, and that's what matters. This is some of Shalvey and Bellaire's best work to date, so while INJECTION may not be a book that appeals to everyone, I highly recommend checking this first issue out and sticking with it to see how it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Robert Reed May 11, 2015

    With a weathered atmosphere, complex characters, and beautiful artwork,Injection#1 is well worth your attention. The pace will be jarring to some, make no mistake, as theissue is a slow burn as Warren Ellis focuses on introducing the readers to the characters and the acronym-filled world they inhabit. But Ellis' often poetic language works in tandem with the artwork by Declan Shalvey. And not enough can be said about Jordie Bellaire's color work, which here strikes a wondrous balance between the coldness of a techno-thriller and the heavy weight of a world that isn't what it was supposed to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Aaron Sullivan May 12, 2015

    All in all, it's a solid introduction to story for those who know what they're getting into, and know that they want a darker, psychological sort of work. In those respects, there's nothing bad that I can say about this work. As always, I suggest that each comic hook the reader on its own, with or without the context of previous or subsequent issues. For some readers, this might fail to sink that hook. Still, I'll be reading it myself and recommending it to anyone that I can. Issue #1 of Injection is not just a premise, it's a promise of things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan May 11, 2015

    While I liked the air of mystery that INJECTION puts into every scene, a bit more to grasp on the story would have been ideal. This isn't Gran Morrison level of confusion, but there are so many acronyms and organizations thrown at the reader that it becomes difficult to understand it all. Thankfully, Ellis and Shalvey have proven their worth as storytellers, so it's an easy fault to forgive. There are a few hints and teases of what everyone is capable of, which Ellis' dark sense of humor leaks into INJECTION, with the final page's IT joke cracking me up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi May 22, 2015

    Shalvey’s artwork makes quite the impact, especially the nastiness of the last gory page. There is a healthy balance of colors and angles, making this book both fun to read and aesthetically pleasing. This book is for sci-fi fanatics, horror lovers, and overall comic book readers. So give it a chance to win you over! And let us know what you think of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III May 12, 2015

    A new Warren Ellis series is always something to get excited about, but Injection #1 holds the special distinction of showing what a creative team can accomplish when completely untethered. Ellis, along with Shalvey and Bellaire, absolutely go for it with Injection and while the purposeful withholding of narrative information might turn some readers off, dozen more will be sucked into this new tale of science gone wrong. First issues are designed to serve as the benchmark for the series as a whole, a touchstone for the audience that will determine if this world is one they want to return to next month. Injection #1 may not knock the needle off of anyone's quality barometer, but it still succeeds in being an enigmatic first installment from a tried and tested creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge May 14, 2015

    It will be easy for some to dismiss "Injection" #1 for feeling more like a giant teaser than actual proper introduction to the series. Nothing is revealed, resolved or explained, and that is clearly not intent of the creative team. The lack of clear information in the issue is not due to any mistake or lack of skill on the part of the creative team, but is in fact carefully laid out and fully intentional. It's like staring at a corner of a painting, only around it may be blurry but you can still see that it's there. We just have to wait a moment before we can step make and view the whole thing. "Injection" #1 will be sure to please fans of Warren Ellis and his densely plotted stories. It moves and flows with grace, and gives readers every indication that this series soon be taking unexpected turns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Denise Blakely May 13, 2015

    I'm ready for issue 2; I'm interested to see where this goes. My advice is pick this up, but brace yourself to end the issue feeling puzzled. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - J.A. Micheline May 13, 2015

    Injection #1 is a solid showing from this team.I'm very interested in this world that Shalvey, Ellis, and Bellaire are constructing. It seems to be like ours–but not quite. The details are off just enough and in just the right way that the questions build steadily throughout the issue. This all leads up to a last page where all three are on game–the dialogue, the art, the colors, all perfect to create a lasting final image and fantastic characterization. It's the page that'll remind you what these three can do together, convince you that this book was worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Downes May 27, 2015

    Thats a cheap trick, but a common one. And overall, Injection #1 makes me want to read #2. Recommended. Warren Ellis is the writer. Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are the artists. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 14, 2015

    Shalvey and Bellaire deliver a grotesque finale, which Ellis complements with a darkly comedic clich that anyone who's ever called tech support has heard before. All of the intriguing art and ethereal verbiage make for a roundabout approach towards asking readers to stick around, but it works well enough. "Injection" #1 is a convincing start to something big, even if it's not readily apparent as to what that exactly is. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio May 14, 2015

    Panel breakdowns and zooming in on the characters for panels get repetitive at times, but overall their work - and Injection #1 as a whole - is solid. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Travis Greschner May 15, 2015

    Hopefully the next issue picks up a little more than the one exciting page at the end. I would like to see more development in both story and characters. There are a lot of questions that need answers and with Warren Ellis at the mantle I have no doubt we will get them in an epic fashion. The first issue of Injectionwas a slow one, but it definitely has potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Julestrue May 15, 2015

    Injection #1 is a solid start to what should be a great weird read. As a huge fan of Warren Ellis I am stoked to see what will come next from this title. Now as a Shalvey/Bellaire fan I really hoping this title goes all the places those two can create together. Like seriously creative team alone has me yearning for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    BGCP - Kirstie English May 15, 2015

    Would have preferred a bit more setting the scene for a first issue but over all pretty interesting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lisa Wu May 13, 2015

    Even though the five genius protagonists are introduced in the first issue, only a few are mentioned with greater detail. Kilbride seems to be the main focus of this ish, as the leading member who brought The Unit together now held up at Sawlung (Giving up the ghost) Hospital. Question is, what ghost is Kilbride trying to give up? Quickly, she goes from being tube-fed to wanting her sandwich: assigned to find a missing person and asset to the organization. Despite this surplus amount of exposition, Ellis confusion and curiosity still makes me continue Injection; thecomic succeeds in making this critic want to know exactly where this is all going in a rather positive way. On a side note, the Injection team has stated in recent interviews that sandwiches will be a significant thing in the series. Killbrides hungry so, someone, please get on that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 18, 2015

    Overall, I like this book and you should give it a chance. However, I can't put my finger on it, but there is something that leads me to believe that this first installment could be the best this story has to offer. The narrative is going to have to produce something worthwhile so the no-context order of things doesn't get old too quickly. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 12, 2015

    Overall, I can only judge on one issue, and it left me confused to a point I don't want to continue. What it comes off as is a series that might be read better as a trade, than individual issues. Time will tell, but this might be just for die-hard Ellis fans. Read Full Review

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