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Global Frequency Vol. 1: Planet Ablaze (Global Frequency #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,307 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
This fast-paced thriller of planetary terrors and world annihilation introduces The Global Frequency, an independent defense intelligence organization that secretly defuses the lingering threats and dormant experiments of the 20th century. Unknown to the world at large, this secret society of 1,001 specialty sleeper agents is called upon to prevent the impending threats of ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by WildStorm (first published May 2003)
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Sam Quixote
Apr 06, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
The Global Frequency is a secret network of 1001 agents led by the mysterious Miranda Zero who take out apocalyptic threats to the planet. Terrorists with ebola virus bombs, angelic reckonings of remote villages, cyborg experiments turned mass murderers, computer programs that turn people into zombies, and so forth.

Each chapter is drawn by a different artist and features a new catastrophe and a new group of agents, the only constants in the cast being Miranda Zero and Aleph (think Barbara Gordo
Michael Emond
May 22, 2012 Michael Emond rated it it was amazing
Warren Ellis is the best comic book writer working today. There, I said it and I won't take it back. Yes, Brian Vaughan is probably the best at writing extended series, and Alan Moore is the best ever (but he isn't working much lately) and Gaiman had one of the best series ever (Sandman) and Grant Morrison has flashes of insane brilliance but I would still take Ellis over them all. This is an example of his brilliant mind at work. We jump right into the premise withought being spoonfed as to wha ...more
Jonathan Maas
Jul 19, 2016 Jonathan Maas rated it it was amazing
Absolutely unbelievable. Loved the storylines, and of course that incredible premise. I also loved all the artists, especially Jon J Muth - whose painting like art provided a great change of pace. There's one image right in the middle of that story that is incredible.

Love it - so awesome.
Nick Cox
Sep 11, 2011 Nick Cox rated it liked it
Shelves: super-hero
There's a 1970s British TV show called The Protectors about a global network of private detectives who pool information and occasionally team up with each other. As exciting as that may sound, 70s production values and costs and poor scripts let it down (though Tony Christie's Avenues and Alleways was a great theme tune!), but the concept stuck with me as the kind of fictional concept I'd like to see in the real world, if only such heroic individuals existed outside of fiction - in other words, ...more
Feb 26, 2008 Bryn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: comic book fans who want something different
This is an interesting spin on the superhero idea - no men in tights, no spandex, no pants on the outside.

Founded by enigmatic Miranda Zero, the Global Frequency consists of over a thousand operatives world wide. Geeks, geniuses, experts, ex-military, modified humans, people with paranormal gifts they're a motley crew. The Global Frequency deals with disasters, terrorist threats, government cock-ups and the like. Slightly reminded me of Mission Impossible - a small team steps in to save the day
Dec 05, 2015 M rated it really liked it
Acclaimed writer Warren Ellis delivers an entertaining and engaging world with his Global Frequency series. Formed by the mysterious Miranda Zero, the Global Frequency is a worldwide organization of 1001 members dedicated to protecting the planet from unique threats. Each issue offers a stand-alone tale, with only Miranda and the central communications expert Aleph as the recurring characters; the remaining cast are hand-picked operatives chosen by skill set or convenience for each mission. Issu ...more
Ian Wood
Nov 02, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Travis Mueller
Jun 30, 2014 Travis Mueller rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Mike Cruden
Oct 06, 2014 Mike Cruden rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series. Yes, it's formulaic, in the punk Global Frequency controller alerting and appointing some fantastically skilled individuals who are secretly members of the Global Frequency to prevent a different mega-threat every month, but it's Ellis, so the threats are generally pretty imaginative, and the dialogue and characterisations are wonderful. Also pretty neat is the idea of a different artist every month, most of whom in this first volume are British and so have their ow ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Aim2me rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-thriller
The Global Frequency is an organization that employs one thousand and one scientists and specialists from all over the world that are able to handle extraordinary tasks that threaten the existence of humanity like technological devices gone wrong, extraterestrial invasions, chemical bombings and the like. Miranda Zero is the no-nonsense leader that participates in some capacity in each mission. The characters are hand picked by Miranda Zero to be proficient at a given task and they may be called ...more
Nov 15, 2011 Camille rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This series is a collection of stand alone stories about a rescue team composed of 1001 individuals all over the world with varied expertise responding to any threat you can think about.

When I picked this up I thought this was an arc based limited series but the first story got resolved within issue 1. I was somewhat disappointed after issue 1 because I liked long story arcs. Issue 2 onwards also featured stand alone stories and different artists. What should have been a mess turned into a rare
Dec 07, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Review for Volumes 1 and 2

What do you get when you cross the superhero genre with the X-Files? Global Frequency. There were some parts of this that felt so cheesy that they virtually melted on top of your nachos as you were reading, but overall the episodic nature of the story-telling and the "case-work" engaged in by Miranda Zero's team of agents were compelling and interesting. With 1001 agents, the cast of characters never gets boring and Ellis manages a remarkable degree of character develop
Jan 16, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it
Issue 1 - After I waded through the complex and confusing beginning, this issue actually blew me away. What an interesting concept and what an interesting way to introduce it...I'm intrigued.

Issue 2 - I am really digging the SF - bionic man. Another really good issue.

Issue 3 - Another great issue. Nice to see a newbie pulled into the GF.

Issue 4 - Heck, I think that's my favourite one thus far. Love the last page - BRILLIANT.

Issue 5 - Another great issue. Love the stuff on parapsychology.

Issue 6
Jack Cheng
This review applies to both collected volumes of 12 issues total.

Great concept, but repetitive execution. The concept is that there is a global "rescue" operation headed by Miranda Zero and when there is an emergency, she calls in some of her 1001 operatives to converge on the situation and solve the problem. A great production concept is that each issue is illustrated by a top-notch artist.

The tired part? All the stories are thrillers. Almost all the operatives are intelligence agents, assassin
Oct 18, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Really good fun. Each issue is a short story unto itself; there is little overarching plot across the issues, which may be a turn off for some. However, it works for this comic, as each story is clever and exciting,and tightly plotted.

Each story introduces us to new characters. The diverse range of characters (in particular the many female characters) from all across the globe is the real strength of the series.
Feb 15, 2015 Joe rated it liked it
Like the idea of an independent organization that goes around saving the world with experts in all kinds of fields (including the idea that there's always new characters to introduce and then move away from). I've always had issues with one-off stories, and while some of these are compelling and well-executed, others are fairly bland, which makes this first volume only partially successful (bio-engineered assassin = interesting, fire angel = bland).
Feb 04, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it
This collects the first six issues of Global Frequency, each of which is a self-contained story. The basic idea is that there is a global network of operatives with different skills who can be called in at a moment's notice to diffuse potentially world-threatening situations. The concept is wicked cool, and it's fun to see Ellis playing with different scenarios; I've often felt that he had a special talent for single-issue stories, and this book supports that. It does end up feeling a bit slight ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it
You ever read/watch/listen to something that was a bit before your time, and think,"wow, this is/was amazing. How did I miss out on this?"

Welcome to my world after Global Frequency.

About six months back, my comic shop (Vault of Midnight) had a showing of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, and since then, I've been reading anything of his I can lay my hands on, and following him on Twitter, where he is quite funny.

Anyhow, Global Frequency is a great series of one-shot comics about a group of 1001 exp
Oct 29, 2014 Maya rated it liked it
It's like The X-Files meets Alias. Ellis creates a world which is pretty limitless. These stories are twisty in the imaginative Neil Gaiman way, but with a edgier take. Much like This Side of Paradise is to The Great Gatsby, it seems a logical evolution for Global Frequency to be found in Extremis a few years later.
May 01, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it
First introduction to Warren Ellis, I think I like him.

Fascinating ideas, tense plotting, diverse cast. Dialogue a bit stilted in a few areas, and the concept of 1001 agents is a little much. Perhaps the next volume will smooth everything out.
Ariel Celeste
Mar 26, 2010 Ariel Celeste rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
So in case you didn't know Warren Ellis is a god. So I will read pretty much anything he writes. Global Frequency is a tale of a world wide network of do-gooders, a brain trust, if you will, of some of the brightest, most creative, oddest, minds on the planet. Its got the Batman, Authority, lots of resources outside the government thing going on, which is always a plus, although they seem to be a little more on the side of law and order (ala JLA), at least in the first trade. They do however tac ...more
May 05, 2012 Jordan rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Pretty entertaining, but nothing particularly special. The characters and stories are fun though, and it's got the feel of Ellis' work. Each issue in the volume is a standalone story with no major story arcs to connect them, which is convenient for quick reads. Global Frequency is an organization consisting of 1,001 agents of various specialties who save the world and stop disasters. Superheroes without the super. The only recurring characters are the founder, Miranda Zero, and the operator that ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Hugo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One good deal of a comic, there’s 12 one-shot stories written on 12 books, different characters and different illustrators. There’s one global organization of paranormal activities investigation with thousand actives, organized by Miranda Zero. They had several missions, all coming from the mind of Warren Ellis.

Un comic que promete, es una historia one-shot por cada comic de esta serie, en total 12, cada uno con diferentes ilustradores y diferentes personajes. El argumento es sobre una agencia m
Feb 25, 2014 writegeist rated it really liked it
Great art, great concept, but the stories lack the arc that would make them memorable. Shades of X-files with all the conspiracies you can imagine and some that you can't.
Brendan Howard
Jan 02, 2015 Brendan Howard rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Great little blasts of horror and sci-fi and ultra violence, all courtesy of a global, extra governmental group interested only in doing good...the hard way. Fun stuff.
Daniel Alemán D.
Apr 03, 2016 Daniel Alemán D. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The idea is good, but it become repetitive really quick. Would have loved more character development and a deeper explanations on how the global frequency was founded etc.
Nov 13, 2015 Matej rated it liked it
Well, I expected more from this.
The stories are disjointed, with little or nothing connecting them, and while ideas behind some of the stories are interesting, their execution was not.
The art was good for the most part, but nothing spectacular or memorable.
Overall, this is a skippable collection of what if scenarios that are not as interesting as the ideas behind them.
Feb 06, 2015 Giuseppe rated it really liked it
A pure concentrate of action and humor, with a hint of criticism of the policies of the Cold War - just enough to not weigh down the reading. A fun read and not challenging. I would not mind seeing a transposition on TV or Cinema.
Jul 08, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
I had read Global Frequency long, long ago, and bemoaned the failure-to-launch of the TV show, so I was pretty pleased when I came across used copies of both collections for $8 altogether. I have my complaints about it (Ellis's writing can be way too on-the-nose, and for someone who's supposed to be a secretive enigma, Miranda Zero sure does get around), but it manages to be a really fun, engaging ride, particularly the terrifying "Big Wheel" and the scary-in-a-different-way "Big Sky". It's wort ...more
Apr 09, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
There are 1,000 people on the Global Frequency and they are all that stands between mankind and a host of terrorists, criminals and science gone horribly wrong.
After reading these stories, I feel safer.

This is a collection of one issue stories, featuring a rotating cast of scientists, detectives, adventurers and hackers. The cast changes depending on what the crisis is and what kind of expertise is needed.
A great series that mixes pulp, weird science, politics, mystery and adventure.

Would have
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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