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Ministry of Space

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,250 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
From creative giants Warren Ellis (Transmetroplitan) and Chris Weston (The Filth) comes an alternative history painted in red, white and blue! In the death throes of the Second World War, the British capture the cream of Nazi rocket science and create a new British Empire where it seems the sun never sets. Instead the sky is lit by the rockets' red glare from a fleet of sp ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published March 25th 2005 by Image (first published March 8th 2005)
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Feb 18, 2017 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been a graphic novel I have been wanting to read for some time, partly to do with Warren Ellis's connection to the Preacher series, partly due to his own highly praised work and partly also because the storyline is so good.

Now before I say anything about the book itself I will take a moment to comment about the afterwards. Yes I am a nightmare for reading those boring sections at the front and back of a book which most people skip over as its just gushing praise for who helped how and w
Feb 22, 2016 Emilio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-au, comic
Genial ucronía espacial.

La premisa es sencilla. En la Segunda Guerra Mundial son los ingleses los que capturan la tecnología alemana para la investigación de cohetes. Los ingleses desarrollan los cohetes, la exploración espacial y, finalmente, la conquista del espacio.

No hay pegas en ninguna parte. Warren Ellis hace los guiones, toda una garantía del creador de Authority, Planetary y que trabajó en Hellblazer. El dibujante y la colorista también tienen muchísima experiencia. Chris Weston, el dib
Apr 30, 2009 Ma'Belle rated it it was ok
In the introduction, Mark Millar insists this is Warren Ellis' best creator-owned comic - including Transmetropolitan. He also insists it's Chris Weston, the penciler's best work ever. I don't see what the big deal is. Millar must just be abusive with superlatives. This is certainly right up Ellis' alley, and is an interesting brief alternative history, imagining what would have happened if England had been the winner in the race to space, but that's all it is. "Ministry of Space" contains almos ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: too-short, reviewed
I re-read this years after my first read-through and I find my appreciation of it has greatly changed (for the better!). A smart alternate-history/sci-fi tale by a trio of the comic book industry's greats: Warren Ellis (smart story), Chris Weston (crisp, realistic art), and Laura Martin (amazing colours).
TJ Shelby
Nov 21, 2015 TJ Shelby rated it liked it
Alternative history graphic novel surrounding the World War II and Britain's quest for space. Another Warren Ellis short-story gem.
Warren Ellis has a thing for space and mankind's exploration of it. Ocean, Orbiter, Ignition City...he likes to think as much about what draws us there as he does about what's keeping us from truly becoming a spacefaring people. And, from time to time, he likes to imagine what it would have been like if things had gone differently back in the beginning, when we were taking our first tentative steps.

Ministry of Space is an alternate history in which all the essentials of the USA's Operation Paper
Aug 09, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Obviously comics can tell intelligent stories, we are past that. But, still it is rare to find thoughtful, somber tales like this. A what if?/alternative history story familiar to scif/buffs, perfected by the likes of Ian R. Macleod or Howard Waldrop, but now presented in a comics format. It’s a bittersweet evocation of man’s exploratory urge with Britain pursuing a space program with greater success than their cold war brethren did in actuality, but rather than simple glory or fantasy there are ...more
May 27, 2008 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Space Exploration and Warren Ellis
this is an excellent, if short, story of alternative history and space exploration. In this story, the British get their hands on the nazi V-2 rocket engineers and scientists. Because of certain decisions and riks, they achieve goals in space ahead of those made in real history.

This book reminds me of an alternative history "The Right Stuff" as well as a movied titled "Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise" by Hiroyuki Yamaga. Its essentially the same story framework but set in an alternate wor
May 23, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing
A what-if book, in which Britain steals Werner Von Braun and the Peenemunde rocket team before the U.S. can get to them, and then uses the German scientists to kick-start an ambitious space program. Ellis reminds me how sad it is we stood on lunar soil, and for a brief minute stretched towards the stars, and then decided to go back home.
Mar 04, 2017 Timo rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
What piece of pretty pictures is this one! Truly amazing.
Sadly, the story do not come even near the pictures. The story was just tedious.
Matthew Kresal
Jul 24, 2011 Matthew Kresal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The space race, the first man in space and the first man to set foot on the moon. Events from decades ago that, despite being great accomplishments, have seemingly fallen by the wayside and become somewhat forgotten today. Imagine that at the end of World War II the German scientists, led by Dr. Wernher von Braun, had went over to the British instead. Imagine that nation, its empire fading into history, using those scientists to extend that empire into space and changed history in the process. T ...more
Kym Taborn
Pro: it's only three issues. Con: it's only three issues. Alt-history where Britain gets the Nazi scientists after WW2 and leads the planet into the space age. I was attracted to it because it was only three issues, but the story needs more than that. It ended too abruptly for my tastes. But it is still an interesting read.
Matt Mitrovich
Feb 05, 2013 Matt Mitrovich rated it really liked it
Originally posted here: http://alternatehistoryweeklyupdate.b...

When you ask someone for an example of alternate history in comics they will likely suggest Watchmen, but Ministry of Space (written by Warren Ellis and art by Chris Weston) is a close second. This 2005 Sidewise Award winning graphic novel is well known throughout the alternate history community, but does it still hold up today?

In Ministry of Space, our story begins in 2001 with the news that the Americans are about to launch into s
Marcos Kopschitz
Mar 17, 2016 Marcos Kopschitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quadrinhos, inglesa
Como se sabe, ao final da II Guerra Mundial, tanto EUA quanto URSS ficaram com uma parte dos cientistas alemães que haviam criado os primeiros mísseis da história, as bombas V-1 e V-2. No caso dos EUA, a operação para localizar os cientistas se chamou “Paperclip”. Estes cientistas de foguetes, dentre os quais o nome mais conhecido veio a ser o de Wehrner von Braun, acabaram tendo importante papel no desenvolvimento dos programas espaciais de ambos os países.

Nesta história alternativa, a Inglater
Marcus Lagré
Nov 30, 2016 Marcus Lagré rated it liked it
I’ve always had a soft spot for tales on alternative courses of history, and Ministry of Space has been on my To Read-list for years. Dealing in elements of World War II, the British empire, science fiction, and space travel, plus being written by Warren Ellis to boot, this book ticks off too many of my boxes to ignore. The collected edition being back in print, finally made it possible for me to get my hands on it.

Ministry of Space starts off at the conclusion of the second world war. Britain m
Javier Muñoz
Genial historia la que desarrollan Warren Ellis y Chris Weston en Ministry of Space...

Tan sólo 3 números bastan para contar una historia alternativa en la que Gran Bretaña consigue capturar a ciertos científicos de la Alemania Nazi y ponerlos a trabajar en su programa espacial. Este factor hace que Reino Unido obtenga una ventaja en este campo sobre las demás naciones y unido a un país volcado con la causa y otros factores que se desvelan más adelante en la trama permite que vayan consiguiendo
Artur Coelho
Jun 12, 2010 Artur Coelho rated it really liked it
Criada por Warren Ellis e ilustrada por Chris Weston, Ministry of Space é uma série de três edições sobre uma realidade alternativa em que os ingleses e não os russos e americanos se apoderam dos segredos da tecnologia de foguetões alemã no final da II Guerra Mundial. Sob a direccção férrea de um oficial da RAF, o ministério do espaço desenvolve as ideias de Von Braun e catapulta o Reino Unido para o domínio do espaço, da Lua e de Marte.

O puro divertimento do argumento completa-se com as ilustra
Jason Mills
Dec 08, 2009 Jason Mills rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: space buffs, SF and comic lovers, people with colour vision
The schtick behind this short graphic novel is an alternate history in which it was Britain that scooped up all Germany's Peenemunde rocket scientists at the end of WWII. With funds from an obscure source, the Ministry Of Space rushed ahead, creating a 50s-flavoured, British RAF-looking space programme that builds space stations, goes to the Moon, and eventually sends a fleet to Mars. At the centre of all this 'progress' is a ruthless air officer full of secrets.

The triumphal adventures in space
Michael Emond
Sep 06, 2013 Michael Emond rated it liked it
I'll keep this short because the Ministry of Space was so short. Art by Weston - more realistic than I like my art but very beautiful and served the story well. The story was a great premise - what if Britain went to space. A quick read with some interesting concepts but since it is so condensed we don't get much character development and we lose that sense of drama and anticipation because we see the whole picture unfold before our eyes so fast. I am not sure a longer story would have helped bu ...more
May 24, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it
A slight but fun comic book.

I'm not a huge reader of comics, so I'm no expert. However, I am not completely immune to their charms.

This is an alternate history short story (I believe the original comic was only 3 issues) which posits timeline where Britain captured the German rocket scientists, rather than the US. The upshot is, that rather than the American's making it into space first, Britain does. It's not completely barking: at the end of the war there were plenty of people who wanted to se
Aug 26, 2008 Datsun rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Dammit, this is the sort of thing that science fiction (SF? Sci-fi? Geek-erature?) is supposed to do all the time: show us what the world could be like.

Are there cool-ass drawings and reasonably plausible ideas? Yes.

Does it drag out a forgotten character from the past and slap the nostalgia clean off his face? Yes.

Are there space-Nazis? Well, yeah. But that's not why it's cool.

It's cool because it works. The details in the art and the details in the words all give you something to come back to.
Issue 1 - Not really following the plotline here. I dunno if it's because I am not well learned on World War II or if it's because it's too technical for me or what, but I'm not super interested nor do I really know what's going on.

Issue 2 - I guess I'm sort of getting the idea of this story more. It seems to be alternate history of space discovery. It still isn't all that interesting.

Issue 3 - From what my brother's told me, the ending of this short series was supposed to be shocking, but I cou
Julian Darius
Dec 10, 2011 Julian Darius rated it it was amazing
MINISTRY OF SPACE is a marvel. It is, at its heart, a peon to the dreams of the past: to the wonder of the Space Age, when all seemed possible... and to Britain's lost Golden Age of empire, which had its last and glorious gasp in that great nation's resistance and ultimate defeat of the Nazi threat.

This is alternate history at its best: not merely a twist on history, with a clever or fun result, but a twist that holds profound meaning and resonance, not only for Brits but for all who love the br
Oct 26, 2012 arjuna rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful. As a fan of Biggles, Dan Dare, space-age fiction, WW2 history and fiction, alternate histories, dying Empire and sci-fi in general (especially the political Earth universe painted by Who in the seventies), there's a lot here to love. Genuinely interesting take on the "what-ifs" of where and how rocket science could have gone after WW2, with only the will and the right conditions for it to thrive - evocative, powerful and nostalgic, especially to those of us who grew up on ...more
Logan Young
Jan 09, 2016 Logan Young rated it really liked it
A short and fun comic from the legend Warren Ellis. I liked the concept a lot, it is perfect for history and space/aviation buffs like me. The art of the ships and planes was spectacular, although the depictions of the people was a bit too Marvel-esque for me. It felt so fast paced, although I am not sure if lengthening the story would have helped. Perhaps a traditional comic was not the best medium to tell this story. The illustrations added a lot but I think having it as a novel might have don ...more
Oct 22, 2007 Josh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: English space cadets
Shelves: comics
Picked this up at the height of my Warren Ellis mania, and it had one of those real "a-ha!" moments for me. 1 panel on 1 page that I can't get out of my head, and even re-reading the book doesn't have the same effect, but it's still always in there. The scene in question is a minimal one, but I'm not going to name it here, as this was a magical moment in reading for me, and if you've read it, let's talk about it. I'm curious to know if you saw the same thing I did. It's one of those rare books ( ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Leif rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-read
QUICK read. Honestly, you can read this during an average length BM.

Britain wins the space race! And I have already forgotten this book. Art was ok; nothing amazing, nothing "bad". Just good ol' comic-style.

The writing? Pretty bad, in my opinion. It had no really just seemed silly and Ellis seems to have kind of a tin ear when it comes to accents. I mean, the US does have its rednecks and we DO talk like that but...what was my point?
I just didn't like this comic. Warren Ellis has do
Max Ostrovsky
Nov 13, 2012 Max Ostrovsky rated it really liked it
No one does the last panel gasp like Warren Ellis does.

This book has sat on my shelf for almost a year now whispering. I finally answered and love it.

It presents an alternate time line beginning with the end of World War II, where England got ahead of the US on Project Paperclip, and thus, developed their own space program.

And then there's that last panel that just takes your breath away. You know, or think you know what the twist is. It isn't hard to figure out. And I was right.
But then the
Aug 30, 2012 Gavin rated it really liked it
A great little comic that reminded me of my love of Dan Dare. As we follow the creation of the Ministry of Space we see the compromises and devils bargains made to take the tired old British Empire into the Space. A lot of this is done in flashback sequences told as the British Empire prepares to colonise Mars and the effect is extremely subtle. As you're lead down the twisty turny corridors of the story towards the denouement pay attention. The pay off at the end, the message that it sends, is ...more
Aug 25, 2007 Ethan rated it liked it
Amazingly well illustrated, book about what could have happened if the British got into space travel first. It's a nice idea, but not a lot happens in the book. The big mystery is where the English would get the money to go into space travel. It's pretty easy to guess what that is so it leaves you with no surprises and no real conflict in the book. Still the illustrations and the concepts are a lot of fun.
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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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