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No Hero by Warren Ellis
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Jun 21, 11

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As a follow-up to Ellis' "Black Summer", "No Hero" isn't as satisfying a work.

The Seven Guns in "Black Summer" had a believable and interesting range of political ideas, and an interesting implied backstory. The Front Line in "No Hero" seem to have been corrupt, vicious bastards since the beginning, which makes the action as a whole less interesting.

Whereas the violence and horror in "Black Summer" was used judiciously, "No Hero" is Ellis in shock mode, having run out of things to say part way through the story. I get what Ellis' is trying to do here, which is play with the reader's preconceptions about hero's journey narratives in general and superhero comics in particular. Instead of a battle of good and evil, what we end up with is two violent monsters trying to kill each other. Good luck whoever happens to be in between them.
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